Crosspointe Dental and Orthodontics provides an array of general and restorative dental services along with orthodontic care. One of our most popular offerings for improving one’s occlusion (bite) and straightening teeth is Invisalign®. This discreet treatment system is ideal for busy adults who want to correct the alignment and placement of their teeth. Wearing Invisalign is unlike conventional orthodontia because its aligners are made from clear plastic and are removable. The health of your teeth, occlusion, and self-esteem can be improved at any age with orthodontic care.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign refers to a specific orthodontic treatment system that utilizes aligners instead of fixed orthodontic appliances like brackets. Aligners are made from clear plastic and fit over teeth like a retainer or mouthguard. Each aligner is custom made and corresponds to a specific phase of treatment. Patients will wear a set of aligners for two weeks. At the end of two weeks, a new set of aligners are worn. Each set is progressively tighter than the previously worn set. Aligners must properly conform to teeth so that enough pressure is generated to facilitate tooth movement. Over time, gaps between teeth will close and crooked teeth will align upright. Once treatment is over, patients will maintain new tooth movement by wearing retainers.

Why Choose Invisalign

Due to the unique materials used and the patented system of custom aligners offered by Invisalign, patients enjoy benefits unique to this orthodontic treatment option. First, Invisalign is the premier discreet orthodontic treatment option. Those who wear Invisalign aligners enjoy a smile that is not altered with noticeable orthodontia. In fact, most people are not able to tell if someone is receiving treatment because aligners blend into the surfaces of teeth.

On top of receiving inconspicuous treatment, Invisalign patients enjoy the removable feature of aligners. Invisalign is worn for about 22 hours a day. That leaves two hours a day that a person can remove their aligners for meals and oral hygiene. Without fixed appliances standing in the way, people can enjoy their favorite foods without difficulty and perform oral hygiene without obstruction.

Another advantage of Invisalign is comfort. While there is an adjustment period between wearing aligners, people do not have to endure cuts or scrapes into soft oral tissue from the sharp edges associated with wires and brackets. The outside of Invisalign is smooth so that comfort is increased.

Adult Orthodontics

Our team at Crosspointe Dental and Orthodontics believes that it’s never too late to straighten your smile – even well into adulthood. Having straight, properly aligned teeth is more than just enjoying an ego boost. Properly aligned teeth reduce risks for common oral conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay as well as reduce the risks for developing occlusal problems, TMJ disorder, and worn dentition.

Sometimes, people who have worn braces in the past develop unwanted tooth movement due to not wearing maintenance retainers or the eruption of wisdom teeth, while others who never wore braces decide to invest in their oral health and appearance. Our practice treats adults with various experiences and needs. Our mission is to accommodate all patients with effective and quality oral care.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation

Whether you have never worn braces or have received orthodontic treatment in the past, our team can help. The only way to determine the type of treatment for your needs is to schedule a consultation. While Invisalign is a popular choice for many adults, it is not always right for every patient. At your consultation, our dentist will evaluate your overall oral health, take a close look at your tooth placement, and discuss your smile improvement goals.

Consultations are a great time to ask questions or voice concerns you might have. If Invisalign is chosen for your treatment, we will take digital photographs of your smile and bite along with molds of your teeth. This information will be helpful in determining the specific dimensions of one’s aligners so that each phase of treatment is effective.

Treatment will be broken up into multiple two-week periods with each set of new aligners gradually becoming tighter. The longer aligners are worn, the more noticeable treatment becomes. Patients wearing Invisalign will come to our practice for incremental checkups so that our team can ensure that teeth are responding as expected to treatment.

For more information about adult orthodontics and Invisalign at our practice, call us to reserve an appointment.