A beautiful, healthy smile with straight teeth is possible at any age. If you are excited at the prospect of straightening your teeth but don’t like the idea of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, call Delaware Smile Center today and schedule an appointment with our talented orthodontist, Dr. Sophia Usmani, a certified Invisalign® provider.
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Ideal candidates for Invisalign® treatment are typically those with mild-to-moderate tooth misalignment and good overall oral health. Invisalign® candidates should have all of their permanent teeth—also called secondary teeth or “adult teeth”—prior to seeking treatment. Patients should also be able to commit to following all of their orthodontist’s instructions and wearing their aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours a day. Dr. Sophia Usmani offers Invisalign® treatment for both adults and teens. She will consult with each patient about their individual goals and lifestyle habits in advance in order to determine whether Invisalign® Is the best option for them.
The Invisalign® system is designed to gently and progressively shift the teeth into a more desirable alignment using a series of custom-designed aligner trays. Before starting Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Usmani will take a 3D digital scan of your teeth. These will be used to create the aligners. Each set of the clear, plastic aligner trays will be worn for approximately 2 weeks, at which point you will swap to the next set in the series. Over time, the subtle differences in the aligners will guide the teeth into their new positions.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® does not involve any brackets or wires that need to be tightened. This means patients have to make significantly less visits to the dentist’s office. On average, Invisalign® treatment typically takes 12-18 months. Once the initial treatment is complete, a retainer will be provided to help protect your newly straightened smile.
Straight teeth are an important part of your overall dental health. When your teeth are crooked, it’s difficult to brush and floss them properly. Slightly turned or overlapping teeth can cause you to miss part of the surface and allow plaque and tartar to develop. When your teeth are crowded, flossing them properly becomes very challenging, and the result could be periodontal disease.
Invisalign® helps to treat all these problems. Even moderately to severely misaligned teeth can be treated with Invisalign®. When you meet with Dr. Usmani, she will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best course of action. She will then plot out a treatment plan that will move your teeth into place step by step. Your aligners will be custom-made to treat your teeth according to the plan created by Dr. Usmani. Instead of constantly returning to the office to have wires tightened, you will simply switch to the next aligner.
Invisalign® has developed a version of their popular orthodontic care system specifically for teenagers called Invisalign Teen®.
Teenagers are often self-conscious about their appearance, and Invisalign Teen® offers a way to straighten your teenager’s teeth almost invisibly with a series of clear, plastic aligners. Your teenager won’t have to go through the hassle of trying to brush and floss around brackets, and since the aligners are removed for eating, you can continue to encourage your teenager to eat all the fresh, healthy foods needed for a growing body, including apples and corn on the cob!