If having a set of brackets and wires over your teeth just doesn’t sound like the ideal situation for you, that doesn’t mean that getting your perfect smile is out of the question. In fact, there’s an orthodontic treatment options that is designed just for you, without the need for all the metal and mechanisms that you would normally get with braces. Instead, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing, thanks to a unique and state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment called Invisalign.

Here at Lindsey Orthodontics, our goal is to provide the families of Griffin, Locust Grove, McDonough, GA with more than just the best in orthodontic treatment; we want to provide a comfortable, efficient, and effective orthodontic treatment experience that is unlike any other. That’s why we offer a wide range of treatment options to cater to the varying needs of our patients, and we are proud to offer Invisalign clear aligners as one of those options. To learn more about this alternative to braces, check out the information below!

What Is Invisalign?

Instead of straightening teeth through a system of brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign uses special aligners that are made from a durable, translucent plastic. The aligners are designed to fit over the teeth like a shell, and are practically invisible when worn. They are also removable, making it easy for patients to take them out to eat, or for their normal oral hygiene routine.

What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign?

Since braces are still a reliable and affordable way to achieve a straighter smile, why would you choose Invisalign? Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system that can enhance your orthodontic treatment experience:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
  • A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
  • More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Compared to braces, Invisalign are just as efficient and reliable for getting that perfect smile, so if the advantages listed above match up with your preferences and can make your orthodontic treatment more comfortable, than Invisalign may be the perfect fit for you!

How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?

Invisalign actually work in a similar way that braces do to move your teeth, but just goes about it in a completely different way. When you put the aligners over your teeth, they start to apply a small amount of pressure to your teeth and jawbone, moving them into their new positions to create that perfect smile.

Invisalign Aligner.To create the aligners, your orthodontist will use a special computer software that will analyze the high quality scans that we take of your smile at your first appointment, mapping out the ideal path that your teeth need to move along in order to make them line up flawlessly. Dr. Lindsey will then break up that path into various checkpoints along that path, creating a set of aligners for each one. Each Invisalign patient will have multiple sets of aligners, pushing and guiding the teeth as they move, switching out old aligners for new ones at each one of those checkpoints, which is about every two weeks. The aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours each day, meaning that they should only be taken out for meals or for oral hygiene care. The amount of aligners that are necessary will vary depending on the severity of smile misalignment.

Cleaning & Caring For Your Aligners

Oral hygiene during orthodontic care is essential for creating a truly perfect, healthy smile, which is why Invisalign aligners were designed to be easy to clean. If you don’t clean your aligners or your teeth before you put your aligners in, food particles and bacteria will be pressed up against your teeth, which can accelerate the process of tooth decay.

To clean your aligners, all you have to do is take a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, and gently brush your aligners on the inside and outside. Then just rinse them off with some lukewarm water and you’ll be good to go!

Contact Lindsey Orthodontics Today!

For any questions about Invisalign treatment, or to schedule your first visit with us to get started with Invisalign, just contact us and a member of our staff will be able to assist you with everything you need. Over the years, we’ve helped countless families from Locust Grove, Griffin, and McDonough, GA achieve flawless smiles with Invisalign, and we look forward to helping you do the same! If you want a perfect smile that will last a lifetime, schedule your appointment with us at Lindsey Orthodontics today. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon, and providing you with the quality care that you deserve.

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