Posts for tag: Invisalign
Find out why so many teens and adults are turning to Invisalign to straighten their smiles.
While it might sometimes feel like braces are a rite of passage during your school years, this doesn’t mean that having a straighter smile isn’t possible when you’re older, too. Whatever the reason for not getting braces earlier in life, our Naples, FL, dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, can help you get the smile you want through a clear orthodontic treatment known as Invisalign!
What is Invisalign?
Before determining whether Invisalign is right for you, it’s first important to understand how it works. Using a set of clear, custom aligners made from flexible plastic, Invisalign covers your upper and lower teeth in order to apply pressure and gradually shift your smile into its proper positioning.
What problems can Invisalign correct?
Invisalign treatment has certainly come a long way since it first came out, and thanks to advancements in Invisalign technology, this orthodontic system can now treat a variety of dental problems that aren’t too complex or severe. Invisalign is able to treat,
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
Our Naples, FL, general dentist can examine your smile and determine whether the issue or issues you wish to treat can best be handled by Invisalign.
How old do you have to be for Invisalign?
Invisalign is an ideal option for older teens and adults. Children and young teens whose teeth are still growing will not be good candidates for Invisalign.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
The length of treatment will depend on the severity of your dental issues. The length of treatment for an average adult is around one year, while more minor issues take less time. The length of treatment for the average teen is about 18-24 months, or approximately the same as with regular braces.
Give us a call
If you are ready to take the next step in receiving Invisalign treatment, then it’s time to call Linden Dental in Naples, FL, today to at (239) 593-0777 to schedule a consultation. We can examine your smile, talk to you about your treatment goals, and find out if Invisalign is ideal for you!
Invisalign trays work by moving the teeth into a newer and better position -- one that is specifically mapped out by your dentist to give you a straighter and more attractive-looking smile. You get notable results without having to submit to several years of wearing conspicuous metal brackets on each of your teeth. Visit a dentist at Linden Dental in Naples, FL to gain a better understanding of how Invisalign works.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
Clear plastic aligning trays move the teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing position. These technologically advanced trays usually fix the teeth in about a year, which is a much shorter treatment period compared to metal braces.
How It Works
Your Naples, FL dentist will take impressions of your teeth at your first appointment so that images can be uploaded to a specialized computer system. A set of custom aligning trays will be created for you to wear during the treatment period. Each time you put on a new set of trays (upper and lower), the teeth move to align with them. It happens gradually and painlessly. After your final trays finish aligning your smile, they will then be used as your permanent retainers. Wear them at night to maintain the new position of your teeth.
Invisalign braces will only work if you take responsibility for following your dentist's instructions closely and maintaining good dental hygiene. The Invisalign tray can be taken off for daily brushing, rinsing, and flossing. You must commit to keeping your trays in for at least 20-22 hours per day, so don't accidentally fall asleep without putting them in. Keep them in a case -- never in a tissue or uncovered -- and always clean. Older teenagers will receive trays that are outfitted with special indicators to ensure that they are complying with treatment recommendations.
Before you can start wearing Invisalign braces, your dentist must check your tooth and gum health to ensure that you're a good candidate. Call (239) 593-0777 today to schedule an orthodontic consultation at Linden Dental in Naples, FL with Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden.
Find out what makes invisible braces so unique from other kinds.
You are ready to straighten your smile and you know that getting braces from your Naples dentists Drs. Richard and Maria Linden is the right choice for you. But what orthodontic option will you get? Are traditional braces going to give you the results you want or can you get that straighter smile with a more revolutionary approach like Invisalign? Which is the ideal treatment for you?
Braces vs. Invisalign
When you hear your Naples, FL orthodontists talk about braces more often then not you imagine the metal brackets and wires. However, things have changed for the better when it comes to regular braces. Now patients can get brackets and wires that more closely match the shade of your teeth so they are more subtle and discreet than regular metal. Also, some types like lingual braces can even be cemented to the back of your teeth so they are even less obvious.
Invisalign is created with full discreetness in mind, as it is practically invisible. These clear, plastic aligners are custom-made to fit over your teeth to shift them into the proper position. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, after which you replace it with the next set in your treatment.
So which one is right for you?
Here are some factors to consider before talking to your dentists in Naples about braces:
Wearing your Braces
Traditional braces are cemented to the front of your teeth (and sometimes the back) so they have to be worn at all times. Invisalign, on the other hand, can be removed to brush and floss your teeth and before mealtimes.
Length of treatment
You will wear your traditional braces all day everyday for an average of 2 years. Of course, this treatment time may be longer or shorter depending on the severity of your condition. Invisalign should be worn for at least a minimum of 22 hours each day and the length of treatment fluctuates between 6 to 18 months.
You will continue to brush and floss normally regardless of the type of braces you opt for. It can be more challenging to clean your teeth with traditional braces and you’ll want to be gentle so you don’t damage anything. Invisalign can be removed prior to brushing and flossing so nothing in your oral care routine needs to change.
Seeing your dentist in Naples, FL
You will see us about every month while wearing traditional braces and about every four to six weeks with Invisalign.
For both Invisalign and traditional braces you’ll need to wear a retainer afterwards to maintain your new smile. After a few months you may only need to wear your retainer at night.
If you are ready to find out which orthodontic option is right for your dental needs then turn to Linden Dental, the smile experts in Naples, FL.
Learn about the factors that could make you a good candidate for Invisalign.
Want to get a straighter smile this year? If so, then you’ve probably been talking to your Naples, FL dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, about your orthodontic options. More than likely you’ve heard about Invisalign, the practically invisible way to correct dental malocclusions and other problems to get an overall straighter smile. Find out more about Invisalign and if it’s right for you.
Your Dental Issues
The biggest factor that helps your Naples cosmetic dentist decide whether you are right for Invisalign is the type of issue you want to fix and how severe it is. If your dental issues are too severe (e.g. large overbites) or complex, Invisalign may not be the right orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is able to treat most mild to moderate issues such as,
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
Invisalign is a great option for both older teens and adults to finally get the straighter smile they’ve always wanted. However, children and young teens aren’t good Invisalign candidates because their teeth are still growing.
Those who are old enough to get Invisalign will enjoy the transparent, nearly invisible, and removable aligners versus the traditional wire-and-bracket braces that you’ve always known. Work meetings, school presentations, a first date can all be made a little easier by wearing Invisalign.
This may not seem like a big factor but it really can be. Invisalign makes it easier than ever for people to get the straighter smile they want, but because these aligners are removable you have to have the discipline to wear them for at least 22 hours out of the day. Removing your aligners to eat, drink (anything other than water), brush, and floss are the only exceptions.
Ready to take the next step and schedule a consultation with your general dentist in Naples, FL? Then call Linden Dental today and let us know that you are interested in Invisalign.
Do you have teeth that are crooked, bent, twisted, or just plain out of line? If you said yes, then you're not without hope: Invisalign clear aligners provide a lasting solution for every bent-out-of-shape smile!
At Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, you'll find that your smile can be fully restored with the care of the dental professionals on site who trust Invisalign as the discreet dental solution for every smile that needs to be straightened out. Made from practically invisible polyurethane plastic, Invisalign aligners are transparent to the rest of the world, so you can feel confident in your evolving smile during the whole treatment process (which typically lasts about 12 months).
- Uses controlled forces to shift your teeth into a more desirable position (much like traditional braces)
- Is made of clear plastic that is more flexible than traditional metal braces
- Is created with the help of advanced computer software techniques that "plan out" your ongoing treatment
Invisalign can help straighten your smile discreetly and effectively, but the benefits don't end there. Check out some of the other advantages Invisalign can bring your mouth over traditional braces below:
- Easier Oral Care — Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can clean your teeth easier than if you had metal braces
- More Food Choices — Invisalign aligners allow you fewer dietary modifications than are required for an effective treatment with metal braces
- Improved Comfort — Invisalign aligners are more flexible than traditional braces, and thereby more comfortable in your sensitive mouth
- Increased Protection From Teeth Grinding — Patients with teeth-grinding habits find that clear aligners can even serve as thin nightguards between their teeth
For more information on why Invisalign clear aligners are the perfect secret solution for your crooked smile, give one of the dentists at Linden Dental, P.A. a call today at (239) 593-0777 for lasting dental relief right here in Naples, FL!