Sandra B. Shares Her Invisalign Experience If you want a straighter smile but don’t like the idea of wearing unsightly metal braces, Invisalign is a great option for you! Unlike conventional braces with their metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners to gently shift your teeth into place.
Our Rochester, MN dentists can determine if Invisalign is right for you! Call Northwest Dental Group at 507-216-6252 to schedule an orthodontics consultation.
Though our Rochester, MN dentists won’t normally recommend clear plastic aligners for younger patients who don’t yet have all of their permanent teeth, it is a good option for most teenagers and adults. In fact, our Invisalign Teen system includes features especially designed for younger users.
There are many advantages to using Invisalign instead of metal braces to straighten your teeth:
- They are practically invisible. With no brackets or wires, it’s likely no one will even know you are wearing the clear plastic aligners!
- You can remove them. Because clear plastic aligners can be removed, it is easier to keep them clean. And if you or your teenager plays sports, you can remove your aligners before athletic activities. No worries about damaging them if you get hit in the mouth!
- You can eat what you like. Want to enjoy a caramel apple, popcorn, or corn-on-the-cob? No problem with Invisalign! Remove your aligners first, and you can enjoy all of your favorite foods.
- Fewer visits to the dentist. Invisalign usually requires fewer progress appointments than conventional braces do. Our Rochester, MN dentists likely will need to see you only for a quick checkup every four to six weeks.
Our Invisalign Experience
Northwest Dental Group is an Invisalign Premier Provider, which means we work with at least 50 patients every year. Our expertise helps us design an treatment plan for you that will straighten your teeth with a minimum of hassle in the shortest time frame possible.
We use an Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which not only helps us determine the length of your treatment but also lets us preview what your new, straighter smile will look like!
A Typical Invisalign Treatment
Our Rochester, MN dentists take digital X-rays and impressions of your teeth. We send them to a special lab where they are used to create your custom clear plastic aligners.
You will wear an aligner set for one or two weeks, then change to a new set. The BPA-free plastic aligners are designed to gently move your teeth into place over time. You’ll check in with us every four to six weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing properly.
Invisalign for Teens
For best results, these clear plastic aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day. These clear aligners have indicators that fade over time to remind teens when to switch out their aligners – and to help parents and dentists see if they are being worn for the recommended time. The Invisalign Teen program also provides several free aligners to replace lost ones.