June 19, 2017
Living with crooked teeth means you’re used to hiding your smile. You find clever ways to avoid smiling for pictures or when you first meet someone. This takes a toll on your confidence, however. Wouldn’t it be great to smile freely whenever you want and not worry about what other people think about your teeth? Invisalign may be the solution you’re looking for, and here are some questions to ask your Richardson dentist before you get started with your treatment.
How Do the Aligners Move My Teeth?
Invisalign uses snug fitting clear plastic aligners to move your teeth instead of traditional metal brackets, which means that they’re virtually invisible and they don’t interfere with your normal daily activities. The aligners apply gentle pressure and should be worn at least 22 hours per day to achieve the desired results.
Will the Aligners Affect My Speech?
As you first begin wearing your aligners, you might experience some complications with talking. This will pass as you get used to the aligners. Most patients adapt very quickly to wearing them with no problems.
How Long Does Treatment With Invisalign Take?
For most patients, Invisalign in Richardson can be completed within 15-18 months. This is typically quicker than traditional braces.
How Often Will I Need to Visit My Dentist During Invisalign Treatment?
You’ll be changing your aligners every two weeks, however this can be done at home. Your dentist in Richardson will need to check in with you every 4-6 weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned, which is fewer visits than traditional braces would require.
Will I Have Restrictions to My Diet?
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is that your trays are removable. This means they can easily be taken out for eating and brushing, so there are no restrictions to your diet or changes to your home care routine.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Dr. Chris Richards is a certified Invisalign provider, which means he can determine whether Invisalign is right for you with x-rays and an examination. While Invisalign works well for most patients, it can’t correct complex bite issues. Dr. Richards can discuss other options with you if it looks like Invisalign isn’t the right fit for you.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
If you still have questions about Invisalign and how it can benefit you, we encourage you to contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards.
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