Would you like a straighter, healthier smile but fear the discomfort and appearance of traditional braces? Are you an older teen or adult who dislikes that “metal mouth” look? You can have a beautiful, well-functioning smile quickly, and hardly anyone will notice you’re undergoing treatment. Why not investigate Invisalign in Scarborough? Dr. Samantha Amaro is fully certified in the Invisalign process, offering it to patients with mild to moderate tooth alignment problems. Expect great results and less hassle than conventional orthodontics.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign appliances are innovative orthodontic aligners customized from clear, biocompatible acrylic. They resemble professional teeth whitening trays or super-thin athletic mouthguards. In fact, they are so subtle that only you and your dentist in Scarborough will know you are wearing them.
Manufactured by Invisalign according to a three-dimensional scan and Dr. Amaro’s specific instructions, Invisalign aligners come in pairs–18 to 30 in all. The patient changes the pairs every two weeks as the appliances gradually move teeth into better looking and healthier positions.
While not appropriate for very complex cases, Invisalign can treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including:
- Open bite
- Overjet (protruding front teeth)
- Tooth rotation
- Tooth tipping
- Teeth that were formerly straightened by conventional braces
Because the aligners are fully removable, patients enjoy simpler oral hygiene routines at home, no dietary restrictions and may take out their appliances for special events such as proms, weddings, and job interviews. Unlike people who wear traditional braces, Invisalign wearers do not develop sore spots and lacerations on soft oral tissues because the aligners are totally smooth.
Additionally, when patients check in with Dr. Amaro every four to six weeks, there are no uncomfortable, lengthy and complicated adjustments. They just receive their next pairs of aligners and wear them according to their individualized treatment plans.
Invisalign patients wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours per day to keep treatment on track. Oral hygiene is easy. Patients remove their aligners, clean them with a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste, and replace them. Patients brush and floss their teeth as usual.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Correction with metal bracket and wire braces takes at least two to two and a half years or more. Very complex cases may take even longer.
Treatment with Invisalign is shorter–typically 9 to 18 months with 12 months as average. For instance, a high school student could start her Invisalign treatment the summer before her senior year and show off a new smile in time for her prom in June. It can be that fast, and the results are just amazing.
After treatment, Dr. Amaro encourages patients to wear retainers. These comfortable appliances keep smiles aligned and protect the time and money patients and their families have invested.
Expect Nothing But the Best
Invisalign could be your excellent path to an attractive and functional smile. For a personal Invisalign consultation with Dr. Amaro, contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to speak with a friendly office team member.