If there is one dentistry-related myth that has been busted in our lifetime, it’s the myth that orthodontic treatment is just for kids. In fact, adults make up about half of orthodontic patients today.
A major reason for this is the advent of nearly invisible, highly aesthetic treatment options such as Invisalign®.
Invisalign® is a system of clear aligners fabricated from smooth, comfortable plastic that gently guide your crowded, crooked or gapped teeth into proper alignment to create a beautiful smile you are proud to show off. The best part is that they are practically invisible when worn.
Your pathway to a pleasing new smile begins with an evaluation performed by Dr. Brian Carpenter, an Invisalign® Preferred Provider, to determine if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. If so, we will gather X-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth to map out a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
Then we will send this information to the Invisalign® lab, where your aligners will be created. We will give you a series of aligners at each appointment that you will wear for two weeks before graduating to the next in the series. You will visit our office about every six weeks for a checkup and your next series of aligners.
Forsyth Dental Partners also offers treatment with Invisalign Teen®, which was designed to meet the unique needs of teens who still are growing. Invisalign Teen® aligners provide room for molars that haven’t yet erupted. They also are equipped with power ridges to achieve root movement when needed.
The key to any Invisalign® treatment is wearing the aligners for the prescribed 22 hours. Because teens may be a bit forgetful, Invisalign Teen® aligners come with blue compliance indicators that only fade with proper wear. They also include up to six replacement aligners.
Besides being unnoticeable when worn, Invisalign® aligners promote stellar oral hygiene because they are removed so you can brush and floss normally. There are no brackets, bands or arch wires in which food can get stuck.
Unlike with conventional metal or ceramic braces, no food is off limits to Invisalign® wearers. You remove the aligners to eat or drink beverages other than water. Just be sure to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in after meals.
You also can remove the aligners for key moments, such as photos, speaking engagements and musical performances.