Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Inconspicuous ways of aligning your teeth were once an unrealistic idea in the world of orthodontics. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the team can help you get perfectly straight teeth with transparent aligners by Invisalign®. To get started on your Invisalign treatment, call Gentle Dental Care for a consultation today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic alternative to braces, lighting up people’s smiles for a few decades. The key difference is that others can’t tell you’re using Invisalign to align your teeth. This is far different from the easily visible traditional braces, even when your mouth is closed. 

Treatment with Invisalign starts with 3D digital imaging of your mouth. Once the team at Gentle Dental Care obtains the images of your teeth, they use the digital rendering to map out the projected movement of your teeth during treatment. They also use these models to create the aligners.

Invisalign aligners are made of a patented clear plastic called SmartTrack. This makes them easy to take on and off, and they fit comfortably along your gumline without causing irritation. You wear an aligner for most of the day, then change to the next aligner every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner places new pressures on your teeth to guide them into a straight position.

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

Like traditional braces, your treatment time with Invisalign depends on the severity of your misalignment. It also depends on how often you wear your aligners and how diligent you are about changing your aligners on time. Typically, treatment with Invisalign takes 12-18 months.

What are the benefits of using the Invisalign system?

Many patients agree that the Invisalign treatment process is full of advantages over traditional braces. They include:

  • Invisibility
  • Little or no mouth irritation
  • No food restrictions
  • The ability to see your progress as it happens
  • Fewer dental appointments

Your dentist can help you decide between Invisalign and braces by weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Who is the ideal candidate for Invisalign?

The ideal candidate for Invisalign is old enough to remember to wear their Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours each day without losing or breaking them. While many teens and most adults are capable of doing this and make great candidates, children are better off using braces to straighten their teeth. 

You can use Invisalign for nearly any degree of misalignment. Common cases include:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaced apart teeth

If your teeth are severely misaligned, your dentist at Gentle Dental Care might recommend using braces for some time first or for the entirety of your treatment.

Book your Invisalign consultation with a dental expert by phone or online at Gentle Dental Care today.