FAQS about Invisalign

InvisalignAre you interested in finding out whether or not Invisalign is the very best option for getting the straighter smile you’ve always wanted? If you are an older teen or adult, living in Lynchburg, VA, and you feel self-conscious about your crooked smile, our dentist Dr. Kevin Midkiff can help. These Invisalign FAQS will help you determine whether this is the right treatment to meet your needs.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign offers an amazing alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of bonding brackets and wires to the front of your teeth, our Lynchburg, VA, family dentist will provide you with a set of clear, plastic aligners that look similar to mouthguards and cover your teeth.

How does it work?

The success behind Invisalign lies in the fact that each aligner is tailor-made based on measurements of your teeth, as well as determining which teeth need to shift during the course of your treatment in order to achieve your ideal results. Based on these specifications, an Invisalign lab will then create a set of aligners that will apply just the right amount of pressure to specific teeth to move them gradually into place.

What problems can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign is great for treating more minor or moderate alignment issues. With Invisalign, many of our patients were able to fix,

  • Crowding
  • Overlapping
  • Twisted or crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

It’s important to know that Invisalign may not be ideal for treating oral issues that require more complex or complicated tooth or jaw movements.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is different from all other orthodontic systems on the market, it’s not a surprise that it offers an array of unique benefits including,

  • A clear, metal-free way to get a straighter smile
  • Aligners that are comfortable and easy to care for and clean
  • Removable braces that you can take out prior to brushing or eating
  • No restrictions on what foods you eat
  • Visiting the dentist less frequently for checkups compared to traditional braces
  • Quicker treatment

How often should I wear my aligners every day?

In order to see results, you will need to be diligent about wearing your aligners as much as possible throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to wear your aligners unless you are eating, drinking (if you are drinking water you don’t have to remove them), flossing or brushing. The rest of the time your aligners should be worn. Ideally, you should be wearing your aligners 20-22 hours/day.

Still have questions about Invisalign treatment? Or are you ready to take the next step and sit down with our dental team to discuss your options for getting a straighter smile? If so, then call our Lynchburg, VA, dental office at (434) 239-8133 today to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Midkiff!