Orthodontics Without Metal-Mouth
Are you self-conscious about your smile because of crooked or misaligned teeth? Traditional metal braces may be effective, but they can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and inconvenient. Fortunately, there is a more discreet and comfortable solution – Invisalign orthodontics.
At DiBartola Dental, our Bridgeville orthodontic dentists Dr. Wayne DiBartola, Dr. Mallory Kist, and Dr. Christina Klug alongside our dental team offer Invisalign orthodontics as a modern alternative to traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can achieve a straighter and healthier smile without the discomfort and self-consciousness associated with metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their correct position. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Invisalign treatment involves a series of custom-made aligners that are designed specifically for your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series, gradually moving your teeth into their desired position.
The Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics
In addition to being discreet and comfortable, Invisalign orthodontics offers several other benefits, including:
- Improved Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can easily brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, without the obstacles of metal brackets and wires.
- No Food Restrictions: Traditional braces require patients to avoid certain foods that can damage the braces, such as sticky or hard foods. With Invisalign, you can eat and drink whatever you like, as long as you remove the aligners before eating.
- Reduced Treatment Time: In many cases, Invisalign treatment can be completed in a shorter amount of time than traditional braces, with some patients achieving their desired results in as little as six months.
The Invisalign Orthodontics Process
At DiBartola Dental, we follow a step-by-step process to ensure the best results for our Invisalign patients. It starts with a consultation at our Bridgeville office and ends with completing your journey to a better smile.
Before receiving your Invisalign trays, you’ll attend an initial consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists. During your initial consultation, your Invisalign dentist will examine your teeth and jaw, take X-rays and digital impressions, and discuss your treatment goals with you to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Your initial consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.
Designing Your Invisalign Trays
Our team will use advanced 3D imaging technology to take digital images and impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create a customized treatment plan that includes a series of aligners, each designed to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Wearing Your Invisalign Trays
Once your aligners are ready, you’ll return to DiBartola Dental, and we’ll provide you with your first set of trays and give you instructions on how to wear and care for them. You will wear each set of trays for about two weeks, then switch to the next set in the series until your treatment is complete.
Caring for Your Invisalign Trays
To ensure the best results and maintain the life of your Invisalign aligners, it’s important to clean them regularly and follow proper care instructions. You should brush them regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them with warm water. You should also avoid drinking anything other than water while wearing your aligners to prevent staining. Our dental team will provide you with more detailed care instructions to help you maintain optimal oral health throughout your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort during Invisalign treatment, as the aligners are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort or soreness during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is a side-effect of the aligners moving your teeth and should fade quickly.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the severity of your case, but most people see results in 12 to 18 months. Your Invisalign dentist can give you a more accurate breakdown of your treatment time during your initial consultation.
Will Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect your speech when you first start wearing them, but most people adjust within a few days. If you feel like you simply can’t speak for extended periods while wearing your trays, contact your Invisalign dentist as soon as possible. They’ll make any adjustments to your Invisalign aligners as needed.
Is Invisalign orthodontics more expensive than traditional braces?
The cost of Invisalign orthodontics is comparable to the cost of traditional braces, and many dental insurance plans cover the cost of treatment. Reach out to your insurance provider beforehand to learn which costs they cover. If you’re underinsured or uninsured, talk to your Invisalign provider about financing options.
Call Our Bridgeville Office For Fast Invisalign Orthodontics
Let us help you achieve the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign orthodontics at DiBartola Dental. If you’re interested in Invisalign orthodontic treatment, contact our Bridgeville office today at (412) 221-9440 to schedule your consultation. You can also schedule an appointment online and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. We serve Bridgeville and the greater Pittsburgh area such as Scott Township, Carnegie, Heidelberg, & Upper Saint Clair, PA.