Here at Valley Ridge Dental, we’re dedicated to offering the kind of high-quality dental care that our patients expect and deserve. It’s one of the reasons we’re so excited to be able to offer new Invisalign braces options for our patients! These clear aligners are one of the most comfortable and most effective ways to straighten your teeth out there. Are Invisalign braces right for you? To find out more schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Lake Elmo!
When we say the word “braces,” many cringe, recoiling at the thought of rows of metal brackets and wires lining the inside of their mouth. While this is a natural reaction, braces have evolved and refined exponentially in the recent past. Perhaps one of the most popular dental treatment options to emerge in the last few years, clear aligners have quickly become the go-to choice for many dental patients around the country. In particular, Invisalign is the leading option, thanks to their quality scans and easily replaceable trays.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, the first step is to meet with your dentist. Together, you’ll examine your smile and oral health, and then make a scan of your teeth. A series of custom aligners are then 3D-printed, each designed to slowly move your teeth into the desired position.
You’ll wear your Invisalign alignersfor most of the day, about 20-22 hours. You’ll be able to remove the trays when you eat and when you care for your teeth by brushing and flossing. Each set of aligners is replaced after one to two weeks of wear. Many assume that the Invisalign trays are actually retainers since they appear to just hold your teeth in place. In reality, these trays are designed to move your teeth in a precise and prescribed manner.
If you’ve ever been fitted for a retainer or a dental implant, you might have had a mold of your teeth made. Usually involving a goopy paste that’s slathered on your teeth and gums, it’s an uncomfortable process that leaves even the bravest of us a little weak in the knees. If you’re hesitating to embrace clear aligners, fear not! Invisalign makes use of an incredible new technology that takes a 3D scan of your teeth.
Here at Valley Ridge Dental, we use the iTero Element from Invisalign to create precise and accurate digital renders of your teeth. Rather than a putty, the iTero allows us to create not just your first set of Invisalign braces, but all of the subsequent trays you’ll need to straighten your teeth. Using the ClinCheck® software, your doctor creates a digital model that shows how the teeth in your mouth will shift over time. You’ll even be able to see how your new smile will look before your first set of trays arrive.
Once your iTero scans are finalized, Dr. Katie Daniels will prescribe how your teeth will move using Invisalign aligners. Using a proprietary SmartTrack® material, each set of trays is individually 3D printed. Each set of trays is also trimmed and fitted to match your gum line, ensuring that there’s no undue wear and tear on your delicate gums. This is part of what makes Invisalign such a comfortable treatment option. When you first receive your trays, you’ll meet with your dentist to ensure that they fit comfortably and to get answers for any questions you might have.
A crossbite is when you have upper teeth than are sitting inside your lower teeth, rather than outside them. Left unchecked, a crossbite can lead to improper wear and forces on your teeth, resulting in chipped or cracked teeth and in some cases, can cause your gums to recede. When the teeth do not align properly, your teeth can chip or wear away, and in some cases, your gums can begin to recede. Invisalign can be used to treat crossbites in some cases.
Thanks to the iTero scans and the ClinCheck software, you’ll know exactly what to expect during your Invisalign treatments. You’ll be able to see predictive models of how your smile will improve with time. This helps you stay on track with changing your trays on a set treatment schedule.
Interested in everything that Invisalign has to offer? Meet with the talented cosmetic dentists at Valley Ridge Dental in Lake Elmo today! During our consultation, we’ll outline a treatment plan that works best for you and your unique dental needs.