If you watch television or read magazines, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Invisalign—the clear way to straighten a smile full of gaps, crowding, and other orthodontic eyesores. With this innovative technology, you can now have the smile you’ve always wanted without the need of traditional metal braces. Your dream smile can become a reality without a mouth full of metal.
But how do you know if you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment? Austin cosmetic dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen offers a free Invisalign consultation. To determine if you’re interested in Invisalign clear braces, Dr. Van Wicklen has taken the time to compile answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this revolutionary cosmetic orthodontics.
Does Invisalign Really Work?
Yes! Clinical research shows that Invisalign is an effective treatment for correcting minor smile flaws, including gaps, crowding, crooked teeth, and more.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
In addition to a straight, beautiful smile, the primary benefits of Invisalign include:
- Achieving a beautiful smile without bulky metal brackets in a shorter treatment time than what’s associated with traditional braces
- Removing your clear, plastic aligners to eat and clean your teeth with ease
- Straightening your teeth with a new level of comfort that’s not available with traditional orthodontia
- Visualizing your new smile before you even begin your treatment with a virtual treatment plan designed and provided by Dr. Van Wicklen
How does Invisalign Move the Teeth?
Unlike the brackets and wires used for traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign uses clear aligners to gradually move the teeth to the desired position. The difference is that Invisalign controls not only the forces that shift the teeth, but also the timing of the forces. During your treatment, you’ll wear each aligner for approximately two weeks before moving on to your next one. In fact, Dr. Van Wicklen can supply you with the clear aligners following your treatment plan for up to four weeks. That means you change the aligners yourself and forgo extra visits to our dental office in South Austin. (more…)