Not only are straight, aligned teeth cosmetically appealing, they are also better for your oral health and function. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, and less likely to wear down or break. When your teeth fit together properly, you avoid problems with your bite and your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Also, straight teeth allow you to chew or bite nearly anything you want without problems!
With advances in orthodontic technology like the Invisalign system, the teeth straightening process is more comfortable and discreet than ever. The clear, removable Invisalign aligners gradually shift your teeth into the desired position and alignment, with only minimal interference with your social or professional life.
Dr. Nancy Snyder is a preferred Invisalign provider serving Fort Oglethorpe, Chattanooga and all surrounding areas. If you want a straighter, healthier and more beautiful smile, she invites you to book an informational consultation to find out more about Invisalign treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is a great solution if you want to straighten your teeth without wearing conspicuous, uncomfortable metal braces. The system uses sets of clear, removable aligners — upper and lower aligners customized for your unique mouth — to straighten and align your teeth.
After a comprehensive oral examination and consultation to determine whether Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Snyder will take a three-dimensional scan of your teeth and jaws. This information will be sent to the Invisalign lab, which then maps out how your teeth should move during treatment and customizes your series of aligners to achieve the desired outcomes.
When your first set of aligners is ready, you will be asked to wear them as much as you can, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. Ideally, you should wear the invisible retainers 22 hours per day to see the quickest results. The aligners will be molded to your mouth and the plastic should not irritate your gums or the other soft tissues of your mouth. They have no metal wires or brackets that could scratch your mouth.
Every few weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners to replace the previous pair. The aligners put gentle pressure to shift your teeth into the desired position and alignment. You will check in periodically with Dr. Snyder so she can monitor your progress and answer any questions you may have.
The best part about Invisalign treatment is that you can remove the aligners for important occasions like business meetings, conferences, weddings or other social events. No one will know that you are in the midst of orthodontic treatment.
The total treatment time for Invisalign depends on the severity of your case and other factors. Most patients wear the aligners for 15 months or less. Dr. Snyder can give you a treatment time estimate once she learns more about your particular circumstances.
Book an Invisalign Consultation
For more information about Invisalign treatment and how it can help you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile, please request an appointment with Dr. Snyder. Call or email Fort Oglethorpe Dental today to schedule your visit.