Here at Innovative Orthodontics, we straighten more smiles with Invisalign clear aligners than any other provider in the area! That means we see more cases and have the expertise to use aligners when others don’t think it’s possible. Choosing to start treatment is a big deal, and we want you to feel comfortable and confident from start to finish. Learn all about this innovative treatment option from Savannah’s Invisalign specialists, Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton.
As your trusted Invisalign provider, our expert team offers teens and adults the same stunning results as traditional braces without using any brackets or wires. Clear aligners can be a perfect choice if you want a more flexible treatment process, but what exactly is Invisalign? How does it work? To learn more about this innovative system, keep reading below!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens your teeth without any brackets, bands, or wires. Instead, it uses a series of removable clear aligners to move your teeth gently and comfortably. We customize each set of aligners specifically for you with the help of 3-D computer imaging that gives us a detailed look at where the teeth are and where we want them to be.
If you watch TV or scroll social media, you probably know a little about clear aligners. While the design looks simple, a lot goes into those trays! Invisalign trays are made of a special thermoplastic material that’s smooth enough to be comfortable but strong enough to move your teeth into alignment. When aligners are worn as directed by Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton, they can be as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.
How does Invisalign work?
The first step in your orthodontic journey is a free consultation with our experienced orthodontists. When you schedule your free Invisalign consultation at our office in Savannah, Rincon, or Pooler, your orthodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaws. If you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan to address your needs, preferences, and goals.
Your treatment plan will include all the movements your teeth need to make and an estimate of how long we expect treatment to take. We’ll start designing your aligners using the 3D scan of your teeth and gums as our guide.
Because they’re custom-designed, the aligners will fit firmly but comfortably over your teeth. For them to work correctly, you must wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours daily throughout treatment. You should only remove your aligners to eat, drink anything other than water, and brush and floss. You may experience longer treatment times and subpar results if you don’t follow these recommendations.
You’ll need to switch your aligners out for the next in the series every few weeks to keep your treatment on track. We’ll schedule follow-up visits for you every six to ten weeks to check that everything is progressing as it should be. Every case is unique, and everyone responds to treatment differently, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how long treatment will take. On average, Invisalign treatment requires between 24 and 36 aligners over a 9 to 15-month timeframe.
What benefits does Invisalign offer?
It’s not surprising that what patients love most about Invisalign is the fact that the aligners are clear and removable. However, there are many other benefits to this innovative system, including:
No food restrictions
The food restrictions that come with braces can be one of the most challenging parts of treatment. Crunchy or chewy foods can damage the wires and brackets, so you must avoid them until you finish treatment. The final result is worth it, but eliminating some of your favorite foods for months can be frustrating. Unlike braces, which are fixed appliances, Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed every time you eat. That means you can enjoy all the treats you love if you brush and floss when you’re done.
Easy to maintain good oral hygiene
We should all do our best to keep our teeth and gums healthy and clean, but it’s even more important during orthodontic treatment. It can be tough to brush with braces, and the nooks and crannies make it easy for bacteria to hide and multiply. With Invisalign, keeping your teeth free of pesky food particles and harmful plaque is a cinch! Clear aligners make it easier to maintain an oral hygiene routine since you remove them to brush and floss. There are also special kits for cleaning Invisalign aligners, or you can brush them with a soft toothbrush and denture crystals.
Convenience and flexibility
For athletic patients who regularly participate in sports, Invisalign can be a game-changer! You can remove your aligners before practice and games and replace them with a mouthguard to protect your mouth. They’re also great for musicians who play certain types of instruments since they can be taken out for short periods, such as the duration of a concert. And when it comes to special occasions like weddings, prom, and senior pictures, you can remove Invisalign aligners to allow nothing but your natural smile to shine through!
Invisalign aligners are the clear winner at Innovative Orthodontics
As the top Invisalign provider in Savannah, Innovative Orthodontics proudly straightens smiles for patients of all ages using this clear, comfortable orthodontic appliance. Once you have everything you need to know about Invisalign, you can make the best decision for your smile. Schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Waters or Dr. Clayton today and take the first step to a healthier smile.