Your smile is one of the first attributes that people notice, so it makes sense that a healthy, straight smile can make you feel better. Unfortunately, living with malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can have the opposite effect and cause your self-esteem and confidence to plummet. If you’re worried about the alignment of your smile, our Flowood, MS dentists feature professional teeth straightening from Invisalign — the quickest and most convenient way to straighten your smile without metal brackets and wires.
Before you begin straightening your smile, you’ll meet with Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus and Kelly, so they can examine your teeth and discuss your treatment options. If you decide that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, they’ll use a portion of this appointment to show you all of the fantastic benefits that Invisalign offers your smile.
Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus, and Dr. Kelly will take a digital impression of your smile using an iTero® scanner. Digital scans are mess-free and can collect the necessary information very quickly. Then, your Flowood, MS dentists will customize a treatment plan for you. They’ll also use this time to show you a preview of your new smile using Invisalign’s tracking software.
Once they’re ready, you’ll return to our Flowood, MS office to get your first set of aligners. Each aligner focuses on straightening a different area of your smile, so you’ll need to get new ones every few weeks. Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus, and Dr. Kelly will assess the progress of your treatment at each checkup appointment, making alterations if there are any issues.
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While Invisalign is a great option for many people, it does have its limitations. It’s best for people who don’t require substantial movement of their teeth. This is a great option for people who previously had braces, but whose teeth have shifted after treatment. Invisalign can easily re-align your teeth to the correct position.
If your teeth require more movement to get your perfect smile, you may have to consider another option. There are many things Invisalign can do though, so it’s best to learn whether you’re a candidate by scheduling a consultation with our experienced dentists. They’ll be able to tell which option is best for you.
Invisalign aligners work by pushing on all surfaces of your teeth to get them to move into position. Regular braces can only push on parts of your teeth rather than the whole tooth, making tooth movement slower. That’s why Invisalign can correct teeth up to two times as quickly as traditional braces.
You’ll wear your aligners every day for approximately 20 to 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat and for cleaning. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a new set of aligners to further the movement of your teeth. You’ll continue wearing your aligners until your teeth are perfectly aligned.
Invisalign may be uncomfortable when you first begin using your aligners. It’s important to keep in mind that your teeth are being moved around in your mouth, and that can be painful. Eventually, you’ll get used to the feeling and it won’t be as bothersome.
If you feel extreme pain or discomfort with your aligners, there may be something wrong with them. We recommend contacting our office to come in and we’ll assess your aligners. We’ll make sure your treatment is comfortable.
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