Invisalign® Clear Braces – Conway, SC
The Subtle, Discreet Way to Straight Teeth
Have you been hiding your smile because of your crooked teeth? Would you like to straighten them without having to deal with traditional metal braces? At American Dental Care, we offer an alternative for our patients: Invisalign clear braces in the Conway, SC area. The Invisalign system, sometimes referred to as Invisalign clear braces, uses a unique series of clear plastic aligners that progressively shift your teeth into the perfect position.
Why Choose American Dental Care for Invisalign® Clear Braces?
- Saturday Appointments Available
- Dentist with Over 2 Decades of Experience
- Friendly, Skilled Dental Professionals
How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign process starts with a consultation with Dr. Murph, who can evaluate your orthodontic needs and determine if Invisalign can help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Once we decide that Invisalign is the right choice for you, we’ll take impressions of your teeth, create your personalized treatment plan, and send this information to Invisalign labs for fabrication. When the first set of aligners arrives, you will wear them for 20 to 22 hours every day, removing them only to eat, drink, and perform daily oral care. In about two weeks, you’ll make the switch to the next set. Every once in awhile, we’ll ask you to come in so that Dr. Murph can check on your progress. After about 12 to 18 months, you’ll receive a retainer that you initially need to wear just like the aligners, but eventually, you’ll be able to put it in just at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back.
When the first set of aligners arrives, you will wear them for 20 to 22 hours every day, removing them only to eat, drink, and perform daily oral care. In about two weeks, you’ll make the switch to the next set. Every once in a while, we’ll ask you to come in so that Dr. Murph can check on your progress. After about 12 to 18 months, you’ll receive a retainer that you initially need to wear just like the aligners, but eventually, you’ll be able to put it in just at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back.
Indications for Invisalign
In addition to being discreet and effective, Invisalign is quite versatile! In fact, the clear aligners can address several common orthodontic issues, including:
Unfortunately, overcrowding can negatively affect multiple aspects of your smile, including your oral health. The good news is that we can design a custom series of clear aligners to gently guide your teeth into their properly aligned positions in an average of just 12 to 18 months.
Gaps Between Teeth
Spaced-out teeth are another common orthodontic problem that Invisalign can address. Your teeth will be carefully pushed closer and closer together until the gaps completely disappear. So, whether you have multiple small gaps or one large one, don’t hesitate to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign!
If your bite isn’t aligned properly, then you can run into issues like worn-down teeth and uneven chewing patterns. Fortunately, the clear aligners combined with other orthodontic accessories, like rubber bands, are up for the task of straightening your teeth and aligning your bite!
The Benefits of Invisalign
Here are a few of the many reasons 12+ million patients around the world have chosen to straighten their teeth with Invisalign:
- The aligners are clear, making the teeth-straightening process quite discreet.
- There aren’t any dietary restrictions or cumbersome oral hygiene regimens.
- The average treatment timeline is just 12-18 months.
- There are fewer check-in visits.
- The trays are crafted from comfortable materials and are custom-made just for you.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
If you’ve been having a hard time pinpointing the cost of Invisalign online, that’s because each treatment is 100% personalized! As a result, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, and even general price ranges can be misleading. That’s why we recommend scheduling an appointment with our Conway dentist if you want to get an estimate of the cost. Of course, we will also review the financial solutions we offer so your teeth-straightening journey is affordable as well.
What Does Invisalign Look Like?
The answer is that once they’re on your teeth, Invisalign doesn’t look like much. The trays are clear and thin, which means that they’re incredibly hard to detect while you’re wearing them. As you can imagine, this is a huge boon compared to bulky traditional braces.
In some situations, we may need to add attachments or buttons to your teeth in order to give you the results that you’re looking for. These should still be pretty discreet but are slightly more visible than your trays will be.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
As with any kind of orthodontic treatment, there’s usually an adjustment period where you’ll be a little bit tender. This is because your teeth won’t be used to moving, and the ligaments that connect them to the jaw will need to stretch.
However, once you’ve worn aligners for a few weeks, that should no longer be a problem. In fact, compared to brackets that can poke into the soft tissues in your mouth, Invisalign is the much more comfortable orthodontic option.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
One of the nice things about Invisalign aligners is that they’re removable, which means that you can take them off before meals. You therefore won’t have to abide by the dietary restrictions that usually come with traditional braces.
However, it’s important that you don’t eat while wearing your aligners. This can stain or damage them. Considering how easy they are to take off, you should take advantage of that and remove them before any kind of meal.
Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?
If you have a serious overbite, underbite, or crossbite, these may be beyond what Invisalign is capable of. These trays are capable of addressing mild jaw misalignment just by moving the teeth, and can do even more with the help of additional attachments. In fact, the gap between what traditional braces and Invisalign are capable of is shrinking over time.
However, it is possible that addressing your bite misalignment could be beyond what your trays are capable of. We’ll be able to let you know more when we meet you in person.