Getting Invisalign in Hamilton
We use Invisalign to give you the option of straightening your teeth discreetly. If you’ve always wanted straighter teeth, but you’re afraid of pain, inconvenience and the appearance of a “tin grin”, Invisalign offers an alternative to metal braces. It’s a great, non-invasive alternative that helps to improve your smile, whether you’re a teenager or an adult.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth without wires or metal. Using 3-D computer imaging technology, a complete treatment plan is designed to get your teeth from where they are to where you want them to be.
A series of custom-made aligners move your teeth a little bit at a time. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series.
What is the Difference Between Invisalign and Standard Braces?
The aligners are virtually invisible which means you don’t feel embarrassed while wearing them. You can straighten your teeth without people even noticing.
They are removable which means you can simply take them out when you need to brush, floss and eat. With standard braces, there are a number of foods you’re advised not to eat.
Invisalign is comfortable as there are no wires or brackets to irritate your mouth. They are made from strong, medical-grade plastic and because they are custom-made, they fit very well. You spend less time in the dentist’s chair having broken brackets or wires fixed.
You can view your own virtual treatment plan before you start wearing your aligners – see what the end result will be before you even start treatment.
When Can Invisalign Help You?
You may be a candidate for Invisalign if you suffer from the following problems:
- Cold sensitivity
- Teeth chipping
- Biting your cheeks
- Lisping when you speak
- Food caught between your teeth
- Bad breath or a dry mouth
These are all signs that you may have gaps, an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or overly crowded teeth. Invisalign is versatile and can help with many of these common problems.
How Does the Invisalign Procedure Work?
When you see us for clear aligners, we will map out a custom treatment plan. A clear 3D image of your teeth enables your aligners to be custom-made using groundbreaking technology.
When your first set of aligners is ready, we will ensure that they fit well and make sure you know what to expect. You will exchange your aligners about every two weeks. The aligners gradually move your teeth slowly week after week until they are straight.
The exact length of treatment depends on how much correction your smile needs. Most adults complete treatment within a year while teenagers may take a little longer.
You may feel slight discomfort when you use each new aligner as your mouth adjusts to the pressure being placed on your teeth. This is a sign that the treatment is working and it usually goes away after a couple of days.
How often you need to visit us will depend on your individual case and how your treatment is progressing. You will usually need to see the dentist about every four to six weeks.
How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners
We recommend getting an Invisalign cleaning system, but you can simply brush your aligners and rinse them in warm water. Never use hot water with your aligners.
You should wear your aligners between 20 – 22 hours and they should only be removed when you’re brushing, flossing and eating.
What are the Benefits of Choosing Invisalign?
With Invisalign, many small shifts over time can bring about impressive results. When your teeth align properly, you will experience many benefits. It will be easier to eat, talk, brush and floss.
Less space between teeth means less opportunity to trap bacteria and reduced risks of tooth decay, plaque retention and gum disease. You’ll experience less pressure on your jawbone and less risk of teeth chipping and breaking. This can prevent you from needing more expensive treatment in the future.
What Does Invisalign Cost?
In a number of cases, you will find that your dental insurance covers braces (including Invisalign). Factors that affect the cost are the extent of alignment your teeth require and how many aligners you need throughout the treatment.
The average Invisalign price is not much higher than regular braces and the advantages often outweigh any slight difference in price. If cost is a concern, talk to us about our monthly payment plans.