Invisible Orthodontics with Invisalign in Tulsa, OK
Having a smile with crooked or uneven teeth can make it harder to feel confident. That’s why so many people choose orthodontics. They move your teeth where they belong, giving you a great smile. At our Tulsa, OK dentist office, you can get Invisalign for discreet orthodontic treatment.
Alternatives to Metal Braces
Many people have a crooked, uneven smile after their adult teeth fully come in. That’s because your adult teeth aren’t properly guided to where they need to be. Even if you had orthodontics previously, your teeth could still slide out of position. That’s because your teeth never really stop moving. If your smile could use some help now, you may be reluctant to try metal braces, especially if you’ve already worn them once. That’s where Invisalign can help.
This orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners. They rest comfortably over your teeth like a custom mouth guard and gently guide your teeth to where they belong. Thanks to Invisalign, you don’t need metal braces to get a straight smile.
How Invisalign Works
After we measure and take images of your teeth, we’ll have a series of clear plastic aligners made precisely for you. Each set is slightly different. The first one applies gentle but steady pressure on your teeth similar to how braces work. After a couple weeks, you will wear the next aligner set in the series. This set takes up where the last one left off. As weeks turn into months, you will repeat this process until your teeth make their way to the most appropriate positions.
Invisalign v. Metal Braces
For the most part, Invisalign works just as well as metal braces. If you need a major change to how your teeth bite together, however, braces might work better. The same is true if you have severe problems with crooked or misaligned teeth. But if you’re like most people, Invisalign will help you get a nice, even smile.
Plus, the aligners used in Invisalign are made from clear plastic. When worn, they are practically invisible. They’re also much more comfortable and convenient, as there’s no metal to injure your mouth, no special diet to adhere to, and no special cleaning since you can simply remove the aligners to eat.
Length of Invisalign Treatment
Moving your teeth needs to be done slowly. This helps ensure your teeth, gums, and jawbone do not get hurt. With traditional braces, the whole process normally takes two to three years. This can be a little longer or shorter depending on how much work is needed. Invisalign is a modern treatment, so it works faster. For many patients, their orthodontic treatment is done in around 12 months. Yes, that’s months, not years.
Care for Your Teeth After Invisalign
Once you’re done with the clear plastic aligners, you sometimes need to wear a retainer. This small device works at night to help your teeth retain their new positions. Otherwise, they might try to slide back to where they were before treatment.