Invisalign for Teens and Adults

By April 14, 2018Blog

smiling woman showing straight teeth holding invisible aligner trayTo date, five million people have used Invisalign® to straighten their teeth and transform their smiles. Of that number, one million of them were teenagers. Invisalign® provides patients with an orthodontic option that is more comfortable than traditional braces, virtually invisible to other people, and offers visible results relatively quickly.

At Markham Orthodontics, we are a Premium Preferred Invisalign® Provider and will gladly answer any questions you might have about Invisalign and whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. Call us at (916) 924-8970 to schedule an appointment at our Sacramento, CA dental office today.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® treatment provides patients with an orthodontic alternative to traditional braces to straighten their teeth. Using custom-designed, clear aligner trays made of SmartTrack® material, patients will gradually straighten their teeth without the discomfort of metal brackets and wires used for traditional braces. Aligner trays specifically created for each patient, usually switched for the next set every two weeks, make Invisalign truly individualized for each case.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® providers use special technology to create a smile scan that is an accurate, three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth. Working with the aligner tray manufacturers, the dentist will help develop a series of clear aligner trays for each stage of the treatment process. In addition to the image developed from the scan, your dentist can show you an example of what your final, straightened smile will look like.

Once your custom aligner trays arrive at our office, we will make sure your aligners fit well and answer any questions that you have about care and use. The average number of aligner tray sets for the treatment process ranges from 18 to 30. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, then replace them with the next set in your treatment series. For optimal results, you should wear your aligners all day and night, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Benefits of Invisalign

One of the most popular benefits of Invisalign is that it is barely noticeable to other people when you wear your aligner trays. For self-conscious teens and adults, the ability to smile without showing teeth covered in metal wires and brackets makes Invisalign® their preferred choice. Since you will remove your aligner trays when eating and drinking, you will have more freedom than you would with traditional braces to eat a variety of food. Brushing and flossing one’s teeth with Invisalign® is also much easier than having to floss between wires. With Invisalign treatment, you will only need to visit us at the dentist’s office for a checkup about once every six weeks to measure your progress. Total treatment time ranges from nine to 15 months depending on the case. Additionally, many insurance plans cover Invisalign® costs as an orthodontic treatment.

Is My Orthodontic Case Treatable with Invisalign®?

For people with common orthodontic issues, Invisalign® is a great option. If you have more severe orthodontic issues, we can discuss other options during your consultation.

Common problems treatable with Invisalign include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

Schedule an appointment with us at Markham Orthodontics to learn more about Invisalign® and whether it is a treatment option for you. Call (916) 924-8970 to reach the team at our Sacramento, CA dental office!