You've likely heard about Invisalign, the "invisible" alternative to traditional braces. These flexible plastic trays make wearing braces a discreet and comfortable process. Dr. Steven Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have received extensive training in the Invisalign process and technology and look forward to sharing this amazing treatment with their patients. Here's how Invisalign works:
Your journey to straighter teeth begins with a consultation about Invisalign with your Philadelphia dentist. Dr. Gilbert or Dr. Velez will evaluate the alignment of your teeth to see if the Invisalign procedure is right for you. Teens and adults with moderate crookedness typically make the best candidates; children are better suited for traditional braces because of the malleability of their jaw bones and concern about them misplacing or not consistently wearing the aligners.
If you and your Philadelphia dentist have decided on Invisalign to straighten your teeth, several 3-D images and X-rays will be taken of your teeth and jaw. These pictures will be used to create a custom treatment plan and then sent to a laboratory that specializes in making correcting dental appliances. Your custom-fit Invisalign trays, or aligners, are on their way to being created!
Soon you will receive your series of aligners. They will fit against your teeth snugly but comfortably, and since they are made of clear plastic, they will be barely noticeable while you're wearing them. For best results, your Philadelphia dentist advises wearing your Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours a day. This includes while you sleep. However, they should be removed for eating and drinking, as well as brushing and flossing. The trays should also be cleaned thoroughly at each brushing. The staff at Gilbert Dental Care will instruct you on the best way to keep the aligners clean.
The typical Invisalign regimen lasts between 9 and 15 months, but each patient is different. If straighter teeth are on your holiday wish list this year, don't wait any longer! Call Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today for an evaluation!