Invisalign is one of the best alternatives to traditional metal braces. This orthodontic treatment uses clear, custom-fit aligners instead of noticeable brackets. Clear aligners are one of the orthodontic services we offer to new and existing patients in Southern Oklahoma. Each patient seeking treatment for their specific smile problems will be custom-fit for aligners.
Invisalign can be used on a wide variety of teeth types to correct many orthodontic issues. We offer Invisalign in Southern Oklahoma to help our patients get beautiful smiles that are also healthy. We offer this teeth straightening treatment to teens and adults. If you are looking for a discreet way to fix your crooked teeth or bite, Invisalign provides a perfect solution to fix your teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses aligners to shift teeth instead of metal braces. The aligners are made of a virtually invisible clear plastic. They are custom-made from scans of your teeth so they will fit snugly over your teeth. Each week you will change to a new set of Invisalign clear aligners. Each series is slightly different from the last. This slight adjustment will shift your teeth into the desired position.
Conditions Invisalign Can Treat
Invisalign is a popular treatment that effectively addresses a variety of mild to moderate orthodontic issues. While it is a versatile treatment, it cannot handle severe misalignment cases. There are still some patients who will require traditional braces. Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam of your teeth to determine if Invisalign is the right option for your orthodontic needs. The common issues that Invisalign can treat include:
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping or crowded teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Overbite, where the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth excessively
- Underbite, where the lower front teeth protrude forward, overlapping the upper front teeth
- Crossbite, when some upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth
- Open Bite, where there is insufficient vertical overlap of the front teeth, allowing the back teeth to touch
- Midline Shift, where the centerline of the upper and lower teeth does not align properly
- Orthodontic Relapse
Invisalign Treatment in Southern Oklahoma
Getting started with Invisalign will require several steps that starts with a consultation and examination. Your Storts Family Dentistry dentist will examine your mouth to see if you have good oral health. They will assess your smile and have a discussion with you about what you like and dislike about your teeth.
If you are a good candidate for clear aligner therapy, we will move forward with treatment. Our staff will review the treatment cost, payment options, and schedule your first appointment.
Creating Your Custom Invisalign Treatment
At the next appointment, your dentist will take digital scans of your teeth using a state-of-the-art iTero Element™ scanner. This hand-held wand will painlessly scan the inside of your mouth in 2-3 minutes. It supplies your dentist with a precise 3D model of your teeth that they will need for treatment planning.
With this accurate model of your teeth, your dentist will plan each step in your Invisalign treatment. The Invisalign software can even simulate the movements of your teeth, allowing you to see the outcome of your smile.
Your dentist will review the treatment plan with you. Because you can see the outcome, you can ask questions and request adjustments. Once you approve the plan, your dentist will order your custom aligners from the Invisalign laboratory.
Starting Your Invisalign Treatment
At your next appointment you will receive your first set of clear aligners. Your dentist will ensure they fit correctly. They will provide instructions on how to use and care for your aligners.
You need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. You should only remove them to eat, drink anything other than water, and for oral hygiene practices.
Every 1-2 weeks, you will switch out your aligners to a new set. You will attend regular checkups with your dentist to monitor your progress and receive the next sets of aligners. We will also make adjustments to your treatment plan if we need to.
Maintaining Your Results with a Retainer
Your treatment is complete once you have gone through all your aligners and your teeth have reached their desired positions. At this time, we will provide you with a retainer to wear a night.
You will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth straight. Wearing a retainer is common after any orthodontic treatment. Teeth tend to shift back to their original positions over time. If you do not wear a retainer, you are at risk for orthodontic relapse.
Once you invest in your smile, it is vital to maintain the results so you do not waste your money. A retainer will prevent your teeth from shifting and help to stabilize your bite. Your Storts Family Dentistry dentist will give you instructions regarding retainer use to ensure the lasting success of your Invisalign treatment.
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Southern Oklahoma
Are you interested in Invisalign clear aligner therapy? Storts Family Dentistry is home to some of the most knowledgeable dentists that offer Invisalign in Southern Oklahoma. Contact us by calling (580) 260-3410 or request a dental appointment online. We offer Invisalign clear aligners at our dental offices located in Ardmore and Madill, OK.