What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Crooked teeth, crowding, and a misaligned bite may all impact your oral function, appearance, and self-confidence and also lead to oral complications down the road. But many teens and adults alike do not love the thought of wearing metal braces to address such concerns. To help State College, PA patients overcome orthodontic issues in a discreet and convenient way, our caring dentists are pleased to provide Invisalign removable, clear aligners. Custom made of smooth, comfortable material and designed to meet your goals, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and may be taken out for cleaning and when eating, making this an attractive alternative to other options. As experienced Invisalign providers, our dentists have treated hundreds of smiles with this advanced orthodontic solution. Schedule a consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County if you or your teen are interested in getting straighter teeth with Invisalign technology.
Our dentists understand the challenges many teens face when it comes to wearing traditional braces during these formidable years. As an effective yet less noticeable alternative, we are pleased to offer the option of Invisalign Teen to State College, PA families. Invisalign Teen is designed to address the specific needs of adolescents while working under the radar to enhance their self-confidence by creating a straight, healthy smile. Invisalign Teen clear aligners also feature blue dots embedded into each tray, which help enhance compliance and keep your teen on track with their orthodontic plan. Talk with us to learn more about this alternative and see if it is the right option for your teen's orthodontic needs.
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Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Properly aligned, straight teeth are not only more attractive, but they are also easier to clean and often healthier. There are several factors that may create the need for orthodontic care, including genetics, thumb-sucking as a child, tooth loss, changes to your bite, and trauma to your face. Tooth misalignment may cause oral health concerns, like dental malocclusion (a misaligned bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), and additional concerns. If any of these issues are detected during your annual dental exam, our dentists may recommend an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign. You or your teen may be a great candidate for Invisalign clear teeth aligners if you have:
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Abnormally spaced teeth
- Narrow palatal (upper) arch
Invisalign treatment is ideal for both teens and adults who would like straighter teeth without the look or feel of brackets and wires. Even though they should be worn for the majority of the day, Invisalign can be taken out for cleaning your teeth and eating, as well as for special occasions and physical activities.
How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?
Invisalign works through a computer-generated series of clear teeth aligners. To plan your treatment and create your custom aligners, our team will take digital scans (impressions) of your mouth and send these to a special Invisalign lab. Once your aligners are created and arrive at our office, we will have you return to try in your first set and receive instructions for use. You will need to keep your aligners in at least 20 hours each day, ideally removing them only for cleaning and eating. Every 1 – 2 weeks, you will move to the next set of trays as they carefully shift your teeth closer to alignment. Our dentists may recommend follow-up visits for you about every 4 – 6 weeks at Advanced Dentistry so that we can track your tooth movement and progress. Though the time spent undergoing treatment with Invisalign varies according to individual treatment needs, many patients wear the aligner trays for about a year.
Maintaining Your Treatment Results
Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, it is important to keep your teeth from migrating back to their original position. Vivera® retainers by Invisalign are made with the same comfortable material to maintain your results once your treatment is complete. Each retainer is custom-crafted at the Invisalign dental laboratory from digital impressions taken once your teeth reach proper alignment. Our team will let you know how many hours a day you should wear your retainer, as well as how to clean and care for it each day. We will continue to monitor the alignment of your teeth and bite during each of your routine dental visits at Advanced Dentistry.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Invisalign may be covered in part under a number of dental insurance plans. After your treatment plan is determined, we will review your coverage and let you know of any remaining costs. Our dentists are participating providers for a number of dental insurance plans, including the Nittany Dental Network. Advanced Dentistry also accepts several flexible payment methods to help make your family's Invisalign treatment more affordable.
Discover the Benefits of a Straight Smile
Invisalign clear aligners from Advanced Dentistry of Centre County offer a discreet alternative to getting the smile you have always wanted. If you or your teen are hoping to attain straighter, healthier teeth without the appearance of traditional braces, make an appointment with our dentists in State College, PA to learn more about the Invisalign teeth straightening system.