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Patient education is a very important part of the services offered at Springbrook Family Dentistry. Our team will always go out of their way to explain the need for any procedure and how it will benefit your oral health. But you still may have questions, and we encourage you to share with us anything that is a concern to you. We believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!
We've shared a few questions that we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may not see the exact information you're looking for here. If that's the case, please don't hesitate to contact our office. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need.
The length of a patient's Invisalign treatment varies greatly with the complexity of their case. Patients needing only minor movement may complete their treatment in 6 months or less, while patients who need a lot of tooth movement may require up to 18 months of treatment. Each Invisalign treatment is individualized to your needs. During your treatment period you will need to visit our office about once a month to make sure your Invisalign aligners are fitting properly.
Importance of wearing your aligners
Additionally, Invisalign can only move your teeth properly when you wear your aligners as instructed. It is important that you wear your retainers at all times except for eating, drinking beverages other than water, and brushing your teeth. This should total about 22 hours a day. This means if your aligners are not worn at all other times, it may prolong your treatment. While there may be slight discomfort when moving from one aligner to another, just as there are with regular braces, the majority of the time Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable, which will make it easy to ensure you wear them as much as possible.
Your Invisalign Retainer
At the end of treatment, it is important to always wear your retainer at night when sleeping. Your retainer will ensure your teeth stay in the proper place and do not shift following your treatment.
If you are interested in Invisalign, call our Elma, NY dental office today for a personalized consultation. At your consultation, we will do a thorough evaluation and take any necessary x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If together we determine that Invisalign is a good fit for you, we will be able to give you a better estimate of your timeframe for wearing Invisalign and we can get you on the path to a beautiful smile!
Depending upon your smile and the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your teeth, there are a number of options available to improve your smile. Sometimes just one of these treatment options alone is enough to get you a beautiful looking smile. In other situations the treatment options may need to be combined for an optimal result.
Whitening can be a great option if your main concern with your teeth is the color. Whitening is a fairly simple treatment that can be done primarily from the comfort of your own home. At Springbrook Family Dentistry we will take a mold of your teeth, which will be used to make whitening trays fit precisely to your mouth. You will also be given prescription strength bleach which you will use in your trays over a couple week span for about 1 hour a day. Whitening alone often produces some excellent results!
If you are unhappy with your smile because of crowded and misaligned teeth or large gaps between your teeth, braces or invisalign may be just what you need. Invisalign is a newer technology that uses clear, plastic aligners to move the teeth into a better position. By doing so we can straigten your teeth into the smile you always wanted without the unsightly appearance of metal braces.
For patients that do not like the shape of their teeth or for patients that have discoloration in their teeth that cannot be corrected with whitening, veneers are an excellent way to obtain a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are fairly conservative in nature and only require the removal of a small amount of tooth structure. Your veneers will be made precisely to our specifications by a highly skilled lab technician and permanently cemented on to your teeth. With good homecare, porcelain veneers can last many years with a beautiful result. If your teeth need repositioning, sometimes it will be recommended to complete orthodontic work prior to receiving veneers in order to get the best result possible.
If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth we would be happy to provide you with a consult and discuss with you the best options for improving your smile!