There was a time, not that long ago, when the only option for straightening crooked or misaligned teeth was classic bracket-and-wire braces. Over the years, a variety of clear and color options for the brackets and rubber bands used in orthodontic practices became available, but the fact remained that when you had braces on your teeth, they were obvious and distracting.
These days, there are new options for righting misaligned teeth, such as Invisalign. Today, your South Austin dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, would like to discuss the advantages of Invisalign, how the treatment works, and whether or not you are a candidate for this innovative procedure.
Candidates for Invisalign
In general, Invisalign is the right choice for patients with gapped, crowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth. A consultation with Dr. VanWicklen will reveal whether you are a prime candidate for Invisalign.
Advantages of Invisalign
The Invisalign advantage is clear….literally. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is transparent. The clear aligners fit over your teeth, so the days of a mouth full of unsightly metal brackets are gone. We recommend that you wear the aligners 20-22 hours each day; however, you can remove the aligners to eat and to clean your teeth.
How Invisalign Works
After a series of x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth are taken, your South Austin dentist will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific orthodontic needs. You’ll be given a series of aligners, which gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment over the course of several months. You will change your aligner approximately every two weeks, and visit Dr. Van Wicklen periodically to follow up on your progress.
Dr. Van Wicklen has received Invisalign training, and will be able to tell you if your case of misalignment makes you an ideal candidate. To reserve your complimentary Invisalign consultation, call our Austin dentist office at (512) 448-3131.