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Invisalign: Straighter Teeth on Your Terms

One of the most noticeable first impressions you can make is with a smile. If you wish your teeth were straighter or more even, you may have considered braces. However, along with braces comes metal wires and brackets which may not seem worth the hassle. Luckily, there is now another option to straighten your teeth without the metal in your mouth. Invisalign uses clear, discreet aligner trays to give Invisalignyou the perfect first impression, a beautiful smile.

How does Invisalign work? 
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign uses pinpointed pressure placed onto the teeth to straighten them into their correct positions. Invisalign consists of a set of comfortable, clear aligner trays fabricated from soft and durable plastic. In some cases, your dentist may use small, tooth-colored bumps which affix to the teeth, called attachments, to further direct the pressure from the trays.

What is the process for Invisalign? 
The Invisalign process begins with your dentist taking a 3D, computerized mold of your mouth. Invisalign’s dental laboratory uses the mold to create a video showing exactly the route on which your teeth will move to their final positions. Your dentist will consult with you when the video is complete to be sure that you approve of your new smile. After approval, the laboratory creates your set of aligner trays which you will wear throughout treatment. A full set of aligner trays usually consists of anywhere from 10 to 30 trays and the amount of time the treatment lasts varies based on the individual and their teeth. The patient wears each tray for about two weeks, then switches the current tray for the next in the series. This pattern continues until there are no more trays, signaling the end of treatment.

The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign straightens your teeth discreetly, without the hassle of traditional braces’ metal wires and brackets. Additionally, the trays do not require dental cement, leaving your teeth completely intact while they move. Perhaps the most exciting feature of Invisalign is that it is completely removable. While patients must wear the trays for about 22 hours a day, they can be removed to eat and brush. The trays may also be removed for special occasions such as a prom or homecoming dance or a public speaking engagement.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. William E. Lee, DMD, and Dr. Pada Chalothorn, DMD at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-8987 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for Invisalign today!

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