Straighter Smiles Without Braces
Transform Your Smile with Invisalign!
Want to straighten your smile without braces? With Invisalign from Dr. Jonathan Siverson from Forest Lake Smiles, you can get a beautiful smile without bulky, uncomfortable metal braces.
Understanding the Basics
How Does Invisalign Work?
Instead of bulky, unsightly metal braces and wires, Invisalign uses a series of thin, clear plastic “aligners.” These aligners look similar to a retainer or a night guard for teeth grinding.
Each aligner is designed to gently shift your teeth toward the proper position over a period of about two weeks. By switching through multiple sets of aligners, you can shift your teeth toward the correct alignment, and get a straighter smile and a healthier bite.
However, it’s important to note that Invisalign is not quite as powerful or versatile as metal braces. If you have serious orthodontic problems, traditional braces may be a better option for you.
What Can I Expect?
The Invisalign Process
The process will begin with an orthodontic consultation at Forest Lake Smiles. Dr. Jonathan Siverson will perform a comprehensive oral exam, and determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If you’re approved for treatment, he’ll take images and dental impressions of your teeth.
Then, Dr. Siverson will work with Invisalign to develop your treatment plan, and build your first several sets of aligners. This process usually takes about a month. We will let you know when you can come back to our office to pick up your first several sets of Invisalign aligners.
Each set of aligners is meant to be worn for 20-22 hours per day. Typically, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners about every 2 weeks. About every 6 weeks, you’ll come back to our office for a quick check-up, and to receive your next several sets of aligners.
This process will continue until your treatment is complete. Most Invisalign patients require somewhere between 20-24 sets of aligners to straighten their teeth. However, your treatment time may be longer or shorter, depending on the extent of your orthodontic problems.
Understanding the Value
Am I A Candidate For Invisalign Treatment?
If you have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues like gaps in your smile, slightly-crooked teeth and minor bite problems, Invisalign may be a good option for you. You must also have good overall oral health and be free from issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
However, Invisalign is not appropriate for all patients. Seriously-crooked teeth, very large gaps in your smile, major bite issues, and other such difficult orthodontic problems are not suitable for treatment with Invisalign. If you have serious orthodontic issues, traditional metal braces may be more appropriate for you.
To find out whether or not Invisalign is an appropriate method for correcting your bite and straightening your teeth, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Siverson at Forest Lake Smiles today.