Ask Dr. Baer: Is Invisalign Right for Me?

January 29, 2015 Tagged: , |

Dental Treatments

Invisalign® Overview

Invisalign is an innovative teeth straightening treatment involving a series of custom-made aligners crafted to match with the unique condition of a patient’s teeth. The aligner trays are made of clear plastic material that is smooth and comfortable on the teeth and gums. The aligners are designed to gradually move the patient’s teeth into their desired position as per the treatment plan devised by the dentist.

Invisalign system does not involve any metal brackets or wires. The patient can be completely comfortable wearing these soft plastic, removable aligners which need to be replaced about once in 15 days. Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing Invisalign to his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, Franktown, CO, and surrounding communities.

Smile Corrections with Invisalign

Invisalign system is designed to cause least interference in the patient’s everyday life. In terms of effectiveness, however, it delivers the same benefits as the traditional metal braces. Whether the patient needs correction for a mild condition of protruding or crooked teeth, or a fairly complicated dental problem involving major malocclusion, underbite or overbite, Invisalign is an effective solution for all such conditions.

Some patients are unhappy with the wide gaps between teeth, while some others may wish to improve the condition of overcrowded teeth. These conditions can be improved with Invisalign. It is particularly helpful for teens and adults who may be reluctant to choose traditional braces treatment as they may compromise the aesthetic appearance of the face while smiling.

Consultation

The dentist will discuss all aspects of Invisalign system with the patient during the initial consultation. At this stage, it is important to determine whether the patient is a suitable candidate for Invisalign or other treatment options. Many patients do not have a clear idea about Invisalign treatment and what kind of advantages it may offer in comparison to traditional braces.

Dr. Baer ensures that his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, Franktown, CO, and nearby areas learn all about the procedure and make an informed decision about their treatment. He will also show before and after images of previous patients during the consultation. Costs of Invisalign and their affordability in comparison to traditional braces will also be discussed.

Procedure

The cosmetic dentist will begin the procedure by taking X-rays, photos and impressions to teeth to develop 3-D images. A precise treatment plan will be mapped out based on the exact movements of the teeth. A series of custom-made aligners is then fabricated specifically for the patient. The patient needs to wear them all through the day and night, except when cleaning the teeth or when eating.

The teeth will gradually begin to shift into their targeted position. Most people will not be able to notice the treatment because the aligners are virtually invisible. A new set of aligners must be worn about every two weeks, which is adjusted according to the changing position of the teeth. Most patients are able to achieve the desired correction and the right smile in about 12 to 18 months of treatment.