Lake Michigan Dental is a certifiedprovider. This means we can use Invisalign for patients who would like a straighter, healthier smile without relying on traditional metal braces.
If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, you may want to ask one of our Grand Rapids Invisalign dentists if Invisalign clear aligners are the right choice for your smile.
What Is Invisalign?
Like the name suggests,are nearly invisible braces that move your teeth into optimal alignment over time.
Invisalign is a great option for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile without unsightly metal braces. In particular, many of our adult patients appreciate the subtlety of Invisalign when they go to work or meet with friends.
Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, although you will need to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day for them to work as intended. This means that you can take out the aligners during meal times, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you want during treatment. It also means you can take your aligners out for short, important events, such as giving a presentation at work.
How Does Invisalign Work?
One of our Grand Rapids cosmetic dentists will come up with a custom treatment plan for your specific case.
During the course of your treatment, you will wear several sets of aligners (between 18 and 30), one for each phase of alignment. Each set of clear aligners will only be worn for about two weeks at a time. Then, we’ll replace it with a slightly different set of aligners. This process helps move your teeth little by little into correct alignment.
You will need to come to our office every six weeks during treatment so we can check your progress. On average, Invisalign treatment takes between nine and 15 months.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Self-discipline is one of the most important characteristics you will need to be a good candidate for Invisalign.
Since clear aligners can be taken out, you must be disciplined enough to keep wearing them each day. You’ll also need to brush your teeth after every meal to prevent your aligners from yellowing due to food particles and bacteria. Additionally, when you’re not wearing your aligners, you’ll need to keep them safe in their case so you don’t risk throwing them away after meals.
There are other factors that will determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, such as the current alignment of your teeth. Our Invisalign dentists will evaluate your specific case and help you determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.
Our Grand Rapids, MI, cosmetic dentists can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile with Invisalign clear aligners. To learn more, call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online.