There are “quick” fixes in cosmetic dentistry for patients who want an aligned smile immediately. However, if you are willing to put in the work to get straight teeth, Invisalign pays great dividends. You can go about daily life with no one being the wiser about the nearly invisible aligners on your teeth. There are no food restrictions. It’s easy to clean your teeth properly. All better than traditional metal braces, right?
But what about the Invisalign time commitment? You must be willing to go all-in for this treatment to be successful and, if you do, the rewards will be sweet. Once Philadelphia dentist Dr. Ken Cirka, a Gold Invisalign Provider, has identified you as a viable candidate for Invisalign, the adventure begins.
Wearers of traditional metal braces usually have dental appointments for tightening and adjustments once a month. Overall treatment time with Invisalign is cut in half compared to metal braces, and visits to your Invisalign provider are far less frequent.
Some refinement of your teeth may be necessary after the initial order of aligners has been completed (in about 6-12 months, on average). Equilibration of your bite is a series of small adjustments to the shapes of your back teeth that help them fit together better. These minor edits are an expected part of Invisalign treatment.
The most important variable in the success of your Invisalign treatment is to wear the aligners precisely as instructed. Invisalign is a big commitment and a major responsibility. Your Invisalign provider is there to design your new smile, provide the treatment materials, and support you along the way. However, what happens on your own time is the biggest element in Invisalign success.
Here are the rules of Invisalign:
You can’t fudge your diligence or try to make your Invisalign provider believe you’ve been wearing the aligners when you really haven’t. Invisalign only works when you are wearing the aligners, and your Philadelphia dentist can tell immediately when teeth have been ignored.
The only time your Invisalign aligners should be out of your mouth is for eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, and cleaning of the aligners. There are no other reasons to take them out – Invisalign braces have been designed to be practically invisible so they do not disrupt your appearance or daily life.
Once your personalized series of Invisalign braces have been worn to completion, the journey is not quite over. Just like traditional metal braces, you want to keep your carefully shifted teeth in their new, proper positions. This is done with retainers.
Find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Consult with a Gold Provider of Invisalign, Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon and Dr. Evan Ridge, located in Center City in Philadelphia. Find out what your individual treatment will entail, including time commitment and cost, and achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted.
or contact us today for a free consultation with Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon, or Dr. Ridge in our Center City, Philadelphia office.