Invisalign Clear Braces
Do your teeth look straight and even? Or do you hide your smile because you have crooked teeth or uneven gaps and spacing?
If there's something about the alignment of your teeth that bothers you, Invisalign clear aligners can help. North Idaho Dental Group is a Gold Invisalign Provider, which means our dentists have extensive experience in perfecting smiles with clear aligners.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign has been popular for over 25 years, so you may already know some of the treatment benefits.
Provides a Discreet Appearance
Invisalign treatment is discreet, thanks to crystal clear aligners that are virtually invisible when worn. A discreet appearance is a big plus for adults who don't want metal braces announcing their orthodontic treatment to the world.
Comfortable and Removable
Invisalign's smooth surface won't irritate the inside of your mouth, and since the clear aligners are removable, you can eat whatever foods you want and brush and floss easily.
Corrects Numerous Orthodontic Issues
Despite the ease of treatment, Invisalign is a serious orthodontic treatment that corrects many of the same issues as traditional braces, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Wide gaps or uneven spacing
We Work as a Team to Provide Exceptional Service
Our Invisalign dentists routinely attend nationwide continuing education courses on advancements in clear aligner technology. With our collaborative approach to providing great dentistry, patients benefit from the combined expertise of a team who consults on cases to ensure that the results we deliver meet and exceed expectations.
The Process for Getting Invisalign
Starting Invisalign treatment is an exciting step! You can be confident that we will explain what you can expect from the process in detail.
Step One: Planning Invisalign Treatment
We start with a visual examination, then take digital x-rays, panoramic x-rays, and intraoral images. Next, we use our handheld intraoral scanner to take comfortable, highly-accurate digital impressions of your teeth.
The scan produces a 3-D virtual model of your teeth that our dentists use with Invisalign software to determine the step-by-step movement needed to shift each tooth into its ideal position.
We then send your case to an Invisalign lab that fabricates the number of sets of clear aligners needed to complete treatment.
Step Two: Wearing Your Clear Aligners
The big day has arrived, and you're ready to start wearing your aligners! We'll give you your first sets of aligners that you should wear for 7–14 days, then switch to the next set.
Every time you switch aligners, you'll notice they feel tighter than the previous set, which is exciting because it's a sign that your teeth are moving as planned!
Meanwhile, you'll visit NIDG every eight weeks or so for progress checks and get your next aligners.
There are no food restrictions because you just pop the aligners out for meals and oral hygiene. Keep wearing and switching the aligners until you've worn them all and treatment is finished.
Step Three: Wear Your Retainer and Smile!
Congratulations on completing treatment! You will love the look of your new, straight smile so much that you might find yourself sneaking a peek each time you pass a mirror!
However, you're not quite finished yet, because you need to wear a retainer as instructed to maintain the results. Your teeth will always want to revert to their original position, and wearing the retainer as instructed will prevent this from happening.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Are you ready to see if Invisalign is right for you? We would love to help you!
Please call our Coeur d'Alene or Ponderay dental office to schedule a convenient appointment to get started. We are also pleased to serve Sandpoint, ID, and all surrounding communities.