Riverside Dental Now Offers Invisalign
What makes Invisalign different?
Invisible. Removeable. Comfortable aligners. This newest technology allows dentists to be able to straighten teeth quickly and without the need for metal brackets or wires. Using 3-D computer imaging technology, invisalign has succeeded in achieving quicker results than traditional braces because they move the teeth in accordance with a computer generated sequence. Invisalign clear braces are customized for a patient's teeth, allowing a more natural look and feel.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign corrects crowding, spacing and biting problems with great precision. Depending on your teeth and the length of time necessary to create beautifully aligned teeth, you will wear an aligner for two weeks. While you go about your day to day tasks, it is working to straighten your teeth. After two weeks, you put in the next mouthpiece which will continue to work at bringing your teeth into their proper position. The invisalign aligner is only taken out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily, with more than 2,000,000 patients worldwide being treated. At your next appointment, Dr. Meade can help answer any questions you might have, and get you started on the smile you've always wanted.
How Will It Affect My Life?
Are there restrictions as to what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you're required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike when undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene. Remember that aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.
Will smoking stain the aligners?
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.
Can I drink alcohol with the aligners in?
Because of the high sugar content in alcohol, a moderate amount would be fine to consume, as long as care is taken to clean the teeth and the aligners soon after so as not to trap sugar between them. The same applies for any sugary beverage.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.
How often must I wear my aligners?
We find that aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.
How often must I see my Invisalign doctor?
Your doctor will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.
I went on a trip and forgot to take my aligners with me. Will my aligners still fit?
The answer depends on how long you've gone without wearing them. If for a short period of time, the aligners should still be able to fit over your teeth. You might feel slight discomfort as your teeth readjust to the aligners. If the lapse in time is significant, please consult your Invisalign Provider. He or she will be best prepared to respond to your unique situation.