Invisalign in Raleigh Raleigh, NC - City of Oaks

Invisalign in Raleigh

Orthodontics are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of dental care in the world. As people see the results, it’s tempting to invest in treatments to straighten crooked teeth. But who wants to keep obvious metal devices on their teeth for years?

Instead of going the traditional metal bracket route, why not look into Invisalign to straighten your smile?

Invisalign aligners are crafted from a clear material that is so transparent, it’s almost invisible. No metal is used, and the final results are the same straight, beautiful teeth in less time.

Not all dental offices are Invisalign providers, but City of Oaks Dental proudly offers this service as trained, certified specialists.

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What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system uses clear plastic trays to help slowly move your teeth into their proper alignment. They differ from traditional metal braces by their lack of wires and brackets. You may completely remove your clear aligner trays when necessary. Since these are removable, you can eat and brush your teeth properly.

Invisalign does not contain toxins such as BPA and BPS. Those with latex or gluten allergies can also use these FDA-approved trays without problems.

How Does Invisalign Work?

After you schedule an appointment when you decide to use Invisalign for your dental needs, you’ll have a preliminary appointment to make sure you are a good candidate and then a custom-made series of trays will be made.

Invisalign clear braces are designed to gradually shift your teeth by using your mouth’s current placement of teeth and gums and adjusting them in small increments with each tray.

Like braces, it can be a slow process. Though they are hardly visible and feel less invasive. If you have had any braces in the past the processes can be a lot faster.

You can expect to have a new tray positioned in your mouth every two weeks or so, depending on your progress. Dr. Throop creates the trays as your teeth shift, monitoring the movements of your mouth over time.

Should You Get Invisalign?

You might be a candidate for Invisalign’s special straightening technique. To find out, schedule a consultation with Dr. Throop for an assessment and a quick Q&A session.

At City of Oaks Dental, our staff are trained in creating trays, applying the aligners, and teaching you how to care for your new product. You have questions; we have answers for everything from the procedure to the finances.

Invisalign providers have to go through ongoing training courses with regularly changing instructions. Dr. Throop and staff are up-to-date on the newest innovations, so you will always have the best results possible from the latest technology.

Treatment Process:

If you have been approved for an Invisalign treatment, you’ll have a digital scan that shows 3-D images of your mouth. These images will be analyzed and used to make a plan of treatment of how to shift your teeth over time. Then your aligners will be crafted from clear, BPA-free plastic. You’ll be able to wear them comfortably all day, but everyone is different. How long and when you need to wear them will be discussed with you.

Invisalign technology is used to help with dental issues like crowded teeth, underbites, crooked teeth, and gaps. All these oral concerns can lead to more serious problems, so it’s best to get them fixed as soon as you can.

The typical period for an Invisalign treatment is approximately one year. Depending on the severity of your situation, your treatment may last longer.

Candidates for Invisalign

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign? There are a few factors that determine who clear aligners can work best for. The best candidates have a fully grown jaw and all or the majority of their adult teeth. Invisalign can be used before you hit these points, but there can be a potential need for re-treatment.

Invisalign clear aligners can be used to treat a wide range of dental issues, including:

  • Bite Alignment
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Criteria to meet:

  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Have a fully developed mouth
  • Non-smoker

It's important to understand that you may still be considered an Invisalign candidate if you have cavities or suffer from gum disease. However, Dr. Throop will need to treat these conditions and restore optimal levels of oral health before you can begin Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign is very effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you experience a more severe condition, Invisalign may not achieve the best results.

What are the Pros and Cons of Invisalign Aligners?

If you are considering Invisalign in Raleigh, you probably are thinking about its pros and cons. One of the biggest advantages of using this type of orthodontic treatment is that it fits into the holistic approach.

The clear plastic trays used with this system are minimally invasive. Unlike traditional braces, you shouldn’t have to remove your favorite foods like apples from your diet.

To further help you make your decision, here are the main pros and cons of using the Invisalign system to improve your smile.

Candidates for Invisalign

  • Effective solution to straighten teeth
  • No metal wires that can be uncomfortable
  • Invisible braces are virtually invisible
  • Invisalign is fully removable with no attachments to your teeth.
  • No attachments mean that food does not get trapped against tooth enamel.
  • Because of the align technology, you can enjoy fewer visits to the dentist compared to other options.
  • Brushing and flossing are easy

Cons of Choosing Invisalign:

  • The results can be less predictable than what metal braces provide.
  • Metal braces allow orthodontists to move teeth with more precise adjustments.
  • The success of treatment depends on your dedication to wearing trays

Keep in mind that our orthodontist will personalize the treatment plan and process for each individual. Your experience with Invisalign is likely to have more pros than cons when you consult with our professional Invisalign dentist to make sure it's the right choice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Treatment:

What is Invisalign?

A way of moving your teeth that uses clear removable trays, or aligners.

When was Invisalign created?

Invisalign was first offered to patients in 1999. Over 5 million patients have been treated since then.

How does Invisalign work?

Custom made aligners are created to be used in sequence, each one moving your teeth a little more towards the desired final position.

Is Invisalign noticeable?

You will be able to tell that you have clear aligners on close inspection. Though they are not noticeable in pictures or normal day-to-day interactions.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Clear aligners should hurt less than wearing braces. You wont have to deal with the uncomfortable metal brackets and wires.
After switching to a new try you may experience some discomfort for a day or two.

How long does Invisalign take?

Treatment time depends on the current state of your teeth, how much needs to change and if you need a bite adjustment. Minor treatments can take 6 months, and more complex changes can take over 2 years.

The average treatment time is 12 months.

Will Invisalign work with crowns or veneers?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners work with crowns or veneers.

Does insurance cover the cost of Invisalign?

Insurance coverage will vary depending on your plan. If your insurance covers other orthodontics chances are it will also cover some part of your Invisalign treatment. Check with your insurance company to determine coverage. Most dental insurance plans cover somewhere between $1,000-$3,000. There are a variety of payment options to make your Invisalign dreams come true!

How long are aligners worn for?

Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

The aligners can give some patients a slight lisp that goes away after a day or so after getting used to speaking with the aligners.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The price varies based on the severity of your case.  Come in for a free consultation to determine your timeline and cost.

Are there any diet restrictions with Invisalign?

Nope! Be sure to remove your trays when drinking dark liquids such as coffee or red wine.

How do I clean the aligners?

All you need is to brush them with your toothbrush under warm water when you take them out. Make sure the water is not hot, since it can distort the aligners.

What if I lose my aligners?

If you lose a set of aligners, the course of action might depend on where you were with your current aligner.

If you are close to the next one, aka after the first week, I recommend to jump to the next one.

If you are still in your first few days, you may be better off going back to the previous ones and having Dr. Throop order a replacement aligner.

Schedule an Appointment Today for Straighter Teeth

The results of Invisalign products are so pronounced, they are used all over. There’s no metal to irritate your mouth, no painful twisting of brackets, and a much faster turnaround time when you begin to see results.

Like with braces, you may have to wear a retainer once your treatment is finished. Otherwise, your straighter teeth are ready for you to go on about your life, showing off your perfect smile!

Schedule an appointment with City of Oaks Dental to see how our Invisalign specialists can give you the smile you’ve been wishing for, fast.

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