Tuscaloosa Invisalign experts
RiverView Orthodontics is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Tuscaloosa and surrounding communities. Invisalign could be the answer for teens and adults who want the same results traditional braces provide, but with more freedom and flexibility.
What is involved in Tuscaloosa Invisalign treatment?
The Invisalign clear aligner system aligns teeth and helps to improve oral health by using a series of removable aligners. When used as directed, Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. At your initial consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth. We will then build a customized aligner unique to your smile. They construct the trays of a smooth, comfortable material that fits snuggly over your teeth. Switch your tray out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with your teeth as they move.
What are the benefits of choosing Tuscaloosa Invisalign treatment?
The biggest benefit of Invisalign is their invisibility. Another significant benefit is their removability. You’ll take out your Invisalign aligners before you eat or drink anything other than water. This means you’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. You’ll also remove them before brushing and flossing. It’s much easier to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign removable aligners. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is incredibly important for orthodontic patients.
Since you can remove your clear aligners, you can avoid any food restriction. This is exciting because food restrictions are the biggest learning curve with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals so they don’t stain. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water once or twice a day.
With Invisalign aligners, wires won’t irritate and poke your mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments, either. We still expect Invisalign wearers to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, so that Dr. Upton can be sure everything is progressing on schedule.
How does the Tuscaloosa Invisalign system work?
The Invisalign system is straightforward. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As you replace the aligners with the next one in the series, your teeth will move little by little until they reach their final improved positions.
We will check to make sure treatment is progressing as planned when you visit RiverView Orthodontics. You must change the aligners and wear them as directed. This is an especially important part of your success with Tuscaloosa Invisalign. Your trays will be custom designed to fit your unique dental needs. You’ll switch them out regularly so they can keep up with how your teeth shift during the straightening process. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that you’ve
Every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Invisalign straightens teeth in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces. This means it's hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. The average is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, but this can differ from case to case. Treatment time depends on patient compliance.
We base the average treatment time on patients following the provided guidelines. This includes wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, during the entire course of treatment. Any small deviation from this can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if patients follow instructions.
To learn more about Tuscaloosa Invisalign or find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.