If there is something you don’t love about your smile and you want to avoid bulky, traditional braces, Invisalign from Saanich Dental Group may be right for you. Our dentists are certified in correcting smiles with Invisalign. This alternative to metal braces uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently correct the position of your teeth. They are comfortable and similar to retainers. For patients with minor to moderate orthodontic issues, Invisalign can be a life-changing treatment!

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The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is nearly invisible when worn, and does not affect speech. This makes it a top choice for adults who wish to avoid wearing highly visible traditional braces. Invisalign is also removable, so you can eat what you want throughout treatment, and clean your teeth with ease. Because Invisalign moves your teeth more gently than braces, it causes less discomfort.

Candidates for Invisalign

If you have a healthy mouth and do not have major orthodontic issues, Invisalign may be right for you. This subtle orthodontic treatment is ideal for appearance-conscious teenagers and adults who would like to avoid wearing chunky metal braces. Traditional braces are tricky to clean. Since Invisalign allows you to brush and floss normally, you can more easily avoid potential plaque build up and tooth decay due to improper cleaning of traditional braces. However, if you have an issue like a serious overbite or a malpositioned jaw, traditional orthodontics may be a better choice to treat these kinds of problems.

The Invisalign Process

Once you’re approved for Invisalign, our doctors will begin designing your personalized treatment plan. We will work closely with an Invisalign lab to create your clear aligners, and you’ll begin wearing them as soon as they arrive at our office. Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, when you’ll switch to your next set. Typically, Invisalign patients will come in about every 6 weeks for a quick check-up to ensure that your treatment is on track. The average treatment usually takes up to 24 sets of aligners, however, this will vary based on your orthodontic needs and personal usage.

How Invisalign Can Help

Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, and is appropriate for most patients who have minor-to-moderate problems with their teeth alignment, and minor jaw or bite issues.

‍Most commonly, Invisalign is used to treat issues like gaps between the teeth, uneven teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, and teeth that do not fit together properly. Invisalign is extremely versatile, and can be used to treat most of these problems.

In addition, Invisalign can sometimes be used to treat minor bite problems. If you have a bit of an overbite or an underbite, or even a crossbite or open bite, in some cases, Invisalign can be used to restore your smile and move your jaw and teeth into a healthier position.

However, it’s important to note the limitations of Invisalign. It is not intended to correct extremely crooked or misaligned teeth, or major bite problems. For these types of orthodontic issues, traditional metal braces are typically a better choice.

To find out whether you’re a good candidate, schedule an appointment at Saanich Dental Group. Our certified dentists can examine your mouth, and help you learn everything you need to know about Invisalign.

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