Cosmetic Dentistry 101 – Is Invisalign Right For Me?
If you're thinking about investing in cosmetic dentistry services, you’re making a great choice. A bright, straight smile can help you boost your self-confidence, and allow you to feel better about yourself.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Invisalign, one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures at Cashmere Family Dentistry. Take a look and see if you’re a candidate for this innovative method of orthodontic correction!
Understanding The Basics Of Invisalign
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is similar to traditional metal braces. However, instead of using metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands to shift your teeth, custom-made hard plastic aligners are used.
These aligners are made to gradually shift the position of your teeth, based on the orthodontic plan created by Dr. Ryan or Dr. Janie Busk. You’ll wear your aligners for about 22 hours per day, removing them only when eating, brushing, and flossing.
Every 2 weeks, you’ll discard your old set of aligners and start wearing your next set. Our dentists will schedule a 6-week standing appointment to ensure that your treatment is progressing properly. Usually, treatment takes about 20-24 sets of aligners, which means you’ll use Invisalign for about a year, depending on your case.
3 Signs That Invisalign Is Right for You!
Now that you understand the basics of Invisalign treatment, it’s time to check if Invisalign is right for you! Invisalign might be the best option if:
- You don’t suffer from major orthodontic issues – Invisalign can correct problems like gapped, crowded, or slightly crooked teeth, and in some minor cases, bite issues. However, major issues like overbites, underbites, crossbites and extremely crooked teeth usually cannot be treated with a plastic aligner system like Invisalign and may require traditional braces.
- You want to avoid the stigma of adult braces – It’s unfortunate that this is the case, but traditional metal braces do have a bit of a social stigma among adults. You may not feel comfortable wearing braces at work, especially if you often give presentations or speak publicly.
- You’re disciplined enough to wear your aligners properly – One unique aspect of Invisalign, compared to braces, is that you can remove your aligners whenever you want. This is great for playing contact sports or maintaining your oral hygiene, but it’s a double-edged sword. If you start removing your aligners regularly, and don’t wear them for the required 22 hours per day, your results may be slower, and the treatment could even fail completely.
Get an Invisalign Consultation From Cashmere Family Dentistry Now!
Still not sure if Invisalign is right for you or if you are an eligible candidate? There’s only one way to find out! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan or Dr. Janie Busk of Cashmere Family Dentistry in Leavenworth.
During your appointment, one of our doctors will perform a comprehensive orthodontic assessment of your mouth and check if you are a viable candidate for Invisalign. If you are, we can get started with the process of manufacturing your aligners right away! Contact us now at (509) 782-2516 for your appointment, or feel free to stop by our office at 209 Aplets Way, Cashmere, WA 98815.