When spaces between teeth exist, you become more vulnerable to a host of dental problems, some of which include:
By choosing to receive treatment with Invisalign, you can watch as your teeth begin to shift closer together, eliminating the gap and slowly creating a new and improved smile.
Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays that are customized to fit your mouth comfortably. After undergoing a thorough oral examination by your orthodontist in Marquette, you will learn if you are an eligible candidate for treatment. If so, Dr. Fulks will take digital impressions of your smile and send them to a dental lab where technicians will create your custom aligners. After a few weeks, you will return to receive your trays and special instructions regarding how long to wear them.
On average, you will need to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day for two weeks at a time. After 2 weeks, you will switch out your current set for the next one in the series. With each new set you wear, you will begin to feel your teeth shift, moving closer together and watching as the spaces and gaps slowly close.
After about 12-18 months, you can expect to see a healthy, gap-free smile! While these estimates vary among each patient, it is important that you wear your aligners according to your orthodontist’s instructions. Refusing to wear your trays as you should or even losing or damaging one of your trays can delay your treatment.
Individuals who are dedicated to the process and agree to wear the trays as instructed, as well as those who will keep their regularly scheduled dental appointments throughout the duration of Invisalign treatment, are considered ideal candidates.
As an adult, if you want a solution that will fix your orthodontic problem and doesn’t require donning a mouth full of metal for 2-3 years, Invisalign might just be the right method of treatment for you.