Is it too late for you to correct your orthodontic problems? Dr. Michael A. Michel, dentist in Topeka, uses Invisalign clear braces to transform crooked, gapped teeth into beautifully straight smiles for patients of all ages. And, it all happens without uncomfortable and unsightly wires and brackets and without years and years of treatment. You could join the millions of older teens and adults who have great new smiles because of Invisalign.
How do You Envision Your Smile?
Most older teens and adults desire a smile they can be proud of–no gaps, crowding, or overbite. They desire the ability to feel confident when they smile. Dr. Michel and his staff at Michel Dental help patients achieve those smile goals and to enjoy the health benefits of a bite that’s well aligned and teeth that are easier to clean.
Of course, many individuals dislike the idea of traditional metal or ceramic brackets and wires as the way to that perfect smile. Long treatment times, multiple and complex adjustments, sore oral tissues and dietary restrictions deter people from seeking orthodontic treatment.
Enter Invisalign in Topeka
Invisalign clear aligners look nothing like traditional braces. Instead, these comfortable, customized aligners resemble clear teeth whitening trays, the ones Dr. Michel uses for take-home bleaching. Worn in pairs (18 to 30 in all, depending on the case), the aligners are BPA-free, smooth and discreet. No one but the patient and the dentist really knows the aligners are there. They are unnoticeable. Over 9 to 18 months, with 12 months being average, the appliances gradually move teeth into better looking and functioning positions.
Invisalign corrects many common orthodontic problems such as:
While not suitable for complex cases, Invisalign has proved versatile and goes beyond mere cosmetic enhancement to truly achieve healthier and better functioning teeth.
When an individual comes to MIchel Dental expressing an interest in Invisalign, Dr. Michel performs an oral examination and takes digital X-rays and some other imaging to fully understand the patient’s teeth, gums and bone structure. If Invisalign treatment is appropriate, he takes three-dimensional impressions to send to the Invisalign lab where the aligner pairs are fabricated.
Then, after receiving his or her first sets of aligner pairs, the patient returns to Michel Dental every 6 weeks to check on progress and to receive the next pairs in the treatment plan. Patients change their appliances approximately every two weeks.
Wearing Invisalign Aligners
Patients wear Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. They remove them to eat, floss and brush. There are no dietary restrictions or complex oral hygiene routines with Invisalign as there are with metal braces. Plus, their smooth texture keeps their mouths comfortable.
Another bonus is how patients take their aligners out if they are getting their pictures taken or have a special event such as a wedding or job interview. Patients really feel confident about their appearance all the way through treatment with Invisalign.
Could You be a Candidate?
Contact Michel Dental to arrange an Invisalign consultation. You’ll learn all the details and also if Invisalign can work for your smile.