If you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth and would like to improve the way your smile looks and functions, you are certainly not alone. More adults than ever are choosing orthodontic treatment these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re covering up their smiles with metal brackets and wires.
Today, there’s a better alternative – the Michel Dental team is pleased to offer clear braces with Invisalign in Topeka and Silver Lake. The treatment gives adults and teens a clear alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment system that straightens teeth using clear, plastic aligners instead of brackets and wires. While you may choose to tell your friends and family that you are straightening with Invisalign, many people won’t even notice you are undergoing orthodontic treatment while you wear the discreet aligners. What’s even better is that the aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush, and floss with ease.
To set you up with your personalized Invisalign treatment, our dentists will first take digital scans to create a three dimensional model of your smile. This model is then sent to the Invisalign lab, where your trays are created according to the specific dimensions of your dentition.
After your personalized series of aligners is complete and has been sent back to us, you will make a quick visit to our Topeka or Silver Lake dental practice to check the fit. After that, simply wear your aligners as directed -- and watch as your teeth transform!
Some specific guidelines to follow during the Invisalign treatment include:
The benefits of Invisalign are significant, and include:
While Invisalign is very comparable to the cost of traditional orthodontic treatment, price does vary with each unique case depending on the length and complexity of your treatment. Many dental insurance plans provide an orthodontic benefit, which includes coverage for Invisalign.
The best way to determine what the cost of your treatment will be is to contact Dr. Michel and schedule your own Invisalign consultation.
Our team at Michel Dental is passionate about revealing straight, beautiful smiles with Invisalign. We have significant experience with Invisalign and can also provide a number of other cosmetic and restorative treatments to help you enjoy your very best, most beautiful smile. Many patients enjoy combining their Invisalign treatment with professional teeth whitening -- we’ll put together a plan that suits you best!
Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a series of clear BPA-free plastic aligners. The thermoplastic material looks like the trays used for whitening treatments; however, they are custom-made to gradually move your teeth.
Digital impressions of your mouth are used to map your treatment plan using a series of aligners. Each one gradually moves your teeth. You wear each for about one week before switching to the next. The number of aligners needed varies depending on your specific treatment plan. On average, it takes about 1 year to finish the series.
Invisalign in Silver Lake is the perfect option if you have a busy schedule. Since no wires are used, you do not need appointments for adjustments, so you spend less time in the dental chair. You will be required to have a checkup about every 10 to 12 weeks to monitor the movement of your teeth.
Since the aligners are not fixed to your teeth, it resolves many of the disadvantages of traditional braces, like dietary restrictions Although this offers convenience, you must also commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day, which means you will need to wear them while you are sleeping. You should only remove them when eating or drinking, brushing or flossing your teeth, or when cleaning your aligners.
As with any orthodontic treatment, there is a bit of a learning curve when speaking. You can expect to have a lisp for 1 or 2 days while you get used to your aligners, but it subsides quickly. The aligners offer a secure and comfortable fit, so you will not need to worry about them slipping while speaking.
It is best to avoid gum and any other foods while wearing the aligners. Gum sticks to them while foods can cause them to break or discolor.
You will need a retainer after you have finished your series of aligners to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.
Michel Dental wants you to feel confident in your decision to align your teeth. If you still have questions about Invisalign, we are more than happy to answer them. Contact our office today to learn more about the treatment or to schedule your consultation.
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