Straighten Teeth Without Braces
Invisalign in Simpsonville
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment in Simpsonville, but you don’t want to commit to wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you. Invisalign uses special, clear plastic aligners to gently correct the position of your teeth, allowing you to restore your smile without uncomfortable, bulky braces. Call us today to learn more about Invisalign in Simpsonville or Five Forks. Schedule your consultation!
BEFORE & AFTER
Powerful Correction for Beautiful Results
The Clear Choice
The Benefits of Invisalign
- Invisalign uses plastic aligners that are nearly invisible when worn.
- Aligners are clear, thin, and do not affect speech, which means that nobody has to know that you’re in the middle of orthodontic treatment.
- You can remove Invisalign and enjoy orthodontic treatment with no dietary restrictions.
- Without the hindrance of wires and rubber bands, it is easier to brush and floss your teeth.
- Invisalign is more comfortable than braces because there are no sharp pieces of metal to poke your mouth, and your aligners will exert a more gentle, even pressure to move your teeth.
Timeline and What to Expect
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process starts with a comprehensive orthodontic consultation with Dr. Cash at Pearl Dental Studio. Dr. Cash will examine your mouth and take images, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth to prepare your treatment. Dr. Cash will work closely with the team at Invisalign to develop your treatment plan using dental software, then order your first several sets of aligners.
You’ll get your first several sets of aligners about a month after your first consultation, in most cases. Each set of aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day, and is usually worn for about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, you’ll swap to a new set of aligners. Every 6 weeks, you will come in for a short consultation with Dr. Cash, she’ll check your treatment progress, and give you your next several sets of aligners. Most patients require about a year to straighten their teeth with Invisalign, but your treatment could be shorter or longer depending on the extent of your orthodontic issues.
For Better Invisalign Results
At Pearl Dental Studio, Dr. Lindsay Cash has invested in the latest technology to provide you with the best possible level of care during Invisalign treatment. Before your treatment begins, use an advanced iTero intraoral digital scanner to create an interactive, 3D image of your mouth and your teeth.
Using these digital impressions, Dr. Cash can determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you, and begin the process of planning your treatment. Compared to other methods of taking impressions, such as using dental putty and trays, our iTero digital scanner is faster, more comfortable, and more accurate.
How Will Invisalign
Affect My Lifestyle?
While Invisalign is convenient, it will require some lifestyle changes. The biggest change is that you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day, according to the instructions given to you by Dr. Cash. Unless you’re eating and drinking or brushing your teeth, you’ll need to wear your aligners.
You’ll need to pay more attention to your oral health, too. It’s best to brush once in the morning after breakfast, and to brush once after each meal of the day. You will also need to clean your aligners frequently. This is because Invisalign can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene. Without proper at-home dental care, your aligners may cause food particles, acid, and bacteria to be trapped against your teeth, resulting in cavities.
If you’re a big snacker or drink a lot of beverages (except tap water) throughout the day, Invisalign will take some adjustment. You can’t eat while wearing your aligners, so snacking is out. It’s best to eat larger meals throughout the day. You also can’t drink anything besides water while wearing your aligners.
Overall, though, Invisalign is relatively convenient, and you’ll get used to these lifestyle changes pretty quickly. For more information, contact Pearl Dental Studio for an Invisalign appointment with Dr. Cash.
How Do I Speed Up
The Invisalign Process?
The best thing you can do is follow Dr. Cash’s instructions to the letter! Switch your aligners whenever you’re supposed to, and wear them for at least 20-22 hours per day. The more consistent you are about aligner use, the faster your treatment will be.
You may also want to look into getting some Invisalign “chewies.” These small pieces of rubber can be chewed when you switch to a new set of aligners to “seat” the aligners properly and eliminate gaps between your aligners and your teeth, which can improve the effectiveness of your treatment.
Beyond that, just make sure you see Dr. Cash regularly for your appointments. You’ll usually need to come into Pearl Dental Studio every 4-6 weeks, depending on how often you get new sets of aligners. Between your appointments, you should also monitor how your teeth and aligners feel. If you are noticing any abnormalities or something doesn’t feel right, make sure to call Pearl Dental Studio and inform us right away so that Dr. Cash can determine if any follow-up is needed
Candidates for Invisalign
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign is usually recommended for patients who have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. Orthodontic problems like gapped, uneven, crowded or crooked teeth can all be treated with Invisalign. Minor bite position issues may also be treatable with Invisalign.
However, orthodontic issues like major jaw or bite malposition or extremely crooked teeth may not be treatable with Invisalign. Traditional metal braces are much more effective for correcting these kinds of complex orthodontic issues. To find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, schedule a consultation at Pearl Dental Studio today. Our office is located at 117 Batesville Road Suite 202, Simpsonville, SC 29681.