Gentle and Clear – Invisalign® in Grande Prairie

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, more than the appearance is affected. Trouble chewing, teeth grinding, and jaw pain may also be signs that your oral health could benefit from straightening your teeth with braces. Fortunately for many teens and adults, you don’t have to suffer the inconvenience and obviousness of metal braces. Gateway Dentistry Group offers the clear, plastic aligners from Invisalign® in Grande Prairie.

If your teeth are seriously misaligned, your dentist will more likely recommend the traditional metal braces. You may be a better candidate for Invisalign if your correction needs are simpler. To find out, we invite you to consult with our dentist in Grande Prairie for your own personal evaluation.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, snugly but comfortably, in a single piece with no metal wires or extra bands. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly and gently over time with a customized amount of force in the right places. Since the aligners are clear, they are also invisible unlike metal braces. Although you wear the aligners from 20 to 22 hours a day for desired results, you can take them out for meals, brushing and flossing.

What can you expect from your appointments?

Initial Consultation
Since your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force on your teeth in particular places over to gradually move your teeth into proper position, your Invisalign treatment plan is highly customized. At your first consultation, your dentist will evaluate if Invisalign meets your dental needs. You should also discuss the important time and financial commitment you will be making.

Custom Treatment Plan
Your treatment plan will begin with taking physical impressions of your teeth, or your dentist can use digital scanning to create 3D images of your teeth. With these accurate models, your dentist designs your individual treatment plan to plot the exact movements of your teeth to achieve the desired alignment. Your dentist can then show you how your teeth will shift into position as you change from set of aligners to another. You will also receive an estimate of how long your treatment will take and a preview of your new smile.

Your Progress

During your custom treatment plan, you will change from one set of aligners to the next in a sequence –

approximately every week or two – until your teeth gradually move into their improved position. Your dentist will probably schedule for checkups every 6 weeks or so. Your dentist charts your progress and lets you see the changes in your smile. The length of your treatment will depend on your individual teeth and the particular problem you are correcting, such as:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Cross bite or misaligned jaws
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite

How do you care for your Invisalign aligners?

Since your Invisalign aligners are removable, taking care of them and your teeth is so much easier than when wearing traditional metal braces. You can take out your aligners to eat, but remember to brush and floss afterwards. You can brush your aligners and rinse them in lukewarm water at the same time. Also ask your dentist about the easy Invisalign cleaning kit.

Want to know more about start on your individual treatment plan for Invisalign in Grande Prairie? Call for a consultation with a dentist at Gateway Dentistry Group.

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