If you have crooked, misaligned teeth, there are several options to consider for resolving this issue. Many patients think that the only way to straighten their smiles is through traditional metal braces. However, metal braces come with many inconveniences such as dietary restrictions and oral hygiene hazards that prevent patients from seeking out treatment.
Gwaltney Dental is proud to provide Invisalign invisible braces as a discreet alternative to traditional braces. Through the use of invisible aligners in place of metal brackets and wires, you can straighten your smile without anyone knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Our doctors and dental care team are here to help you achieve your dream smile with our cosmetic dentistry services. Learn more about Invisalign below.
Invisalign for Teens and Adults in Suffolk, VA
Dr. Steve Gwaltney, Dr. J.Ryland Gwaltney, and Dr. Whitney Gwaltney offer experienced cosmetic dentistry services in Suffolk, VA. They have helped many patients straighten their smiles using Invisalign. Invisalign is a system of clear, plastic aligners that are to be worn over your teeth throughout the day.
You will be provided with all of your aligners upfront. Your doctor will provide you with instructions on when to change to a new set of aligners (usually every two weeks). As long as you wear these removable aligners on average of 20-22 hours a day, your treatment plan will progress as intended.
Invisalign offers patients many benefits to consider, such as:
Removability – The plastic aligners are easy to put on and take off. Similar to a retainer, the aligners fit snuggly against your dental structures while in use. You should only remove your aligners to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. The removability makes your aligners easy to clean and helps you maintain your best oral hygiene habits without having to learn how to brush or floss around any metallic hardware.
No dietary restrictions – With traditional braces, patients are often advised to avoid chewy or crunchy foods while undergoing treatment. This is because, with traditional braces, you must be mindful that the brackets and wires could be broken while you are chewing. With Invisalign, you are able to remove your aligners before you eat. This means you can eat anything you want without worrying about damaging your aligners and prolonging your treatment plan.
Discreet use – Patients love Invisalign because not only is it more convenient than traditional braces, but it is also more discreet. The aligners are made out of clear, plastic material making them see-through while in use. Unless you remove your aligners in front of someone, no one should be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment. This makes special occasions like weddings, job interviews, and family reunions a lot easier to feel confident about.
Is Invisalign painful?
No. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is not painful. However, some patients might feel some levels of discomfort for the first time. This is likely due to the pressure exerted on the teeth and gums. Overall, Invisalign is an effective way to straighten teeth without braces, and most patients don’t experience pain.
Can you sleep with Invisalign in?
Yes, you can sleep with Invisalign. Invisalign benefits you the most when you have them in for more than 20 hours a day. Removing Invisalign before you go to sleep can affect the process of straightening your teeth.
Can Invisalign close gaps in teeth?
Yes, Invisalign can close the gaps in teeth. Invisalign is a good option for adults who want to close the gaps in their teeth. Larger gaps in teeth may take longer to correct. These patients might need to wear Invisalign for up to two years. Your Invisalign treatment plan will also vary depending on the size of your gap.
Can you get Invisalign just for the top teeth?
Yes, your dentist can use Invisalign to straighten your top teeth. However, some dentists do not recommend it. Most people get Invisalign to correct their entire smile. If you only have minor alignment issues with your top teeth, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign Lite, which is a less comprehensive treatment.
Does Invisalign cause bad breath?
There is no evidence that Invisalign treatment itself causes bad breath. However, poor oral hygiene can lead to bad breath. You must clean your aligners often. Most dentists recommend that you give your aligners a deep cleaning at least every two weeks. Additionally, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly during your Invisalign treatment. Ideally, you should drink plenty of water and clean your aligners after meals.
Can you get Invisalign with a broken tooth?
Yes, you can get Invisalign with a broken tooth. However, most dentists will strongly recommend that you fix your tooth first. After the dentist repairs the tooth, you can start Invisalign treatment.
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It is never too late to pursue your dream smile. Adults and teens with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns can be treated using Invisalign. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign and how it can help you and your smile, please schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.