No one wants to have crooked teeth. But, not everyone is willing to undergo the necessary orthodontic treatment to a achieve healthy, straight smile. For adults especially, reluctance can disappear with clear acrylic aligners from Invisalign dentist, Dr. James Kalina in Mankato. Removable and comfortable, Invisalign aligners change smiles. But, don’t take our word for it. Here are answers to common questions about this inventive orthodontic treatment.
What are Invisalign aligners?
These biocompatible orthodontic appliances are a practically invisible way to improve smiles marred by gaps, crowding, tooth rotations, underbite, overbite, crossbite and other mild to moderate alignment issues. Custom-made in a special Invisalign lab according to Dr. Kalina’s treatment plan, Invisalign braces in Mankato resemble teeth whitening trays and fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. Crafted from smooth, biocompatible acrylic, these appliances are so discreet, only the patient and the dentist know they are there.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Treatment with Invisalign takes can take anywhere from 9 months to 18 months with the average being approximately 15 months – less time than with traditional metal or ceramic brackets and wires. Patients wear their 18 to 30 aligner pairs (depending on the case) for most of a 24-hour day, removing them for meals and oral hygiene.
Who Qualifies for Invisalign?
Adults, including seniors, who have healthy teeth and gums may qualify for Invisalign. Dr. Kalina does a complete oral exam and takes digital X-rays and photos to devise a care plan. Very complex orthodontic cases usually require traditional brackets and wires. However, people are amazed at the number of smile problems Invisalign can solve, including the dental shift that frequently occurs after standard wires and brackets are removed.
What is Life with Invisalign Like?
Invisalign patients may remove their appliances for meals, brushing and flossing and for special events such as weddings, professional presentations and graduations. There are no dietary restrictions as with traditional braces. Patients simply enjoy the healthy foods they always have. However, diligent brushing and flossing is a must. Smoking stains the aligners; so patients should remove their aligners during tobacco usage. Additionally, the soft tissues of the mouth experience little to no irritation as with metal braces. So, patients are more comfortable wearing smooth Invisalign appliances for the required 20 to 22 hours daily.
How Often Does Dr. Kalina See His Patients?
Invisalign patients check in with Dr. Kalina every six weeks or so for progress checks and to receive the next aligner pairs in their treatment plan. These appointments are quick and easy because Invisalign aligners need no complex adjustments.
Will My Teeth Stay In Place?
Teeth will have a tendency to shift following traditional or aligner treatment. Stabilizing the new position is important. Dr. Kalina recommends patients stabilize their newly straightened smiles with Vivera retainers from Invisalign.
Are You Interested?
Millions of people across the globe have benefited from treatment with Invisalign. Should you be one of them? Find out during an Invisalign consultation. Contact James Kalina DDS for a one-on-one appointment today.