Orthodontics/Invisalign – Lakewood, CO
Subtly Achieve the Straight Smile You’ve Always Wanted
Would you like to fix your crooked teeth without tarnishing your image by wearing metal braces? If so, Invisalign is the clear solution! These see-through aligners straighten your teeth with the people around you being none the wiser. As a certified Invisalign provider, Dr. Tavi Henry can’t wait to help you feel proud of your grin with this treatment. To schedule an Invisalign consultation here at Dedicated Dentistry, just give us a call!
Why Choose Dedicated Dentistry for Orthodontics/Braces?
- Caring, Gentle Dentist Who Listens to Your Unique Needs
- Relaxing Dental Office Environment
- See Your Results Beforehand with Smile Vision Technology
What Are Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
As the name implies, Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to align crooked teeth and subtly achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted. This system uses a series of clear trays that are custom-made for your teeth. Each of these sets of plastic aligners, which you’ll wear for a few weeks at a time, shifts your smile little by little until the entire thing is perfectly aligned.
Benefits of Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is much better suited to most people’s day-to-day lives. Some of Invisalign’s benefits include:
- You can remove the aligners at any time, so you don’t need to alter your diet or the way you brush and floss.
- Because the plastic aligners fit snugly over your teeth, they shouldn’t irritate your mouth the way that metal wires and brackets do.
- Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing the aligners at all.
- On average, treatment with Invisalign is shorter (i.e., 12-18 months) than it is with braces (i.e., 2-3 years).
Candidates for Invisalign®
Invisalign can help teenagers and adults alike get straight smiles the easy way. While traditional braces are still more effective at fixing severe orthodontic issues, Invisalign can often correct mild to moderate cases of overcrowding, gapped teeth, and bite alignment problems like overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. To find out whether Invisalign is right for you, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry.
Certified Invisalign® Provider
Because Dr. Henry is a certified Invisalign provider, you don’t need to visit a separate orthodontic practice to straighten your smile. Instead, you can align your pearly whites in the same place and with the same team you entrust with all your other oral healthcare needs. Not only that, but with our advanced Smile Vision technology, you can get a sneak preview of what your results will look like before you even begin treatment!
Are you eager to start your Invisalign journey, but still slightly unsure whether it’s the right choice for you? You’ve come to the right place! While the best way to learn more about what to expect with Invisalign is to attend a consultation with Dr. Henry, you can browse this section of frequently asked Invisalign questions below.
How Long Should I Wear Invisalign?
In order for your teeth to move as scheduled, you’ll need to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Essentially, the only times you take them out should be when you eat, drink, brush, or floss. If you don’t spend enough time per day wearing the aligners, your teeth won’t shift as quickly, so your treatment will take longer.
Can I Wear Invisalign Aligners While Drinking and Eating?
Unless you’re drinking plain water, you always need to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating and drinking. Otherwise, you could stain your trays – making them more noticeable – or damage them – prolonging your treatment time. After eating or drinking, brush your teeth (or at least rinse your mouth with water) before placing the aligners back in your mouth.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
The length of your Invisalign treatment depends on the specific movements your teeth need to make, as well as your dedication to wearing your aligners as directed. On average, most patients finish their Invisalign treatment after 12 to 18 months. This may sound like a long time, but keep in mind that traditional braces usually take 24 to 36 months to deliver the same results.
Can I Wear Invisalign Aligners While I Sleep?
Yes, you can and should wear your Invisalign aligners while you sleep. In fact, not wearing your aligners to bed could prevent your teeth from shifting into the desired positions. It could even make your teeth revert toward their old locations, ruining whatever progress you’d make that day. Always wear your aligners to bed!
When Should I Replace My Invisalign Aligners?
It depends on the details of your treatment plan, but in most cases, you’ll wear each set of aligners for about two or three weeks before moving onto the next. Every set is focused on moving a small portion of your smile at a time, and once that section is complete, it will be time to switch to the next.