Big Stone Gap Invisalign experts
For teens and adults who want the same results traditional braces provide, but with more freedom and flexibility, Invisalign could be the answer! Sturgill Orthodontics is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Big Stone Gap, Johnson City, Norton and surrounding communities.
What is involved in Big Stone Gap Invisalign treatment?
The Invisalign system will align your teeth and helps improve your oral health by using a series of clear, removable aligners. Invisalign, when used as directed has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. We will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth at your initial consultation. From this, we build a customized aligner that is specific to each patient's smile. The trays are constructed of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly over the teeth. These trays are designed to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions.
What are the benefits of choosing Big Stone Gap Invisalign treatment?
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is their removability. You should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything thing other than water, and before brushing and flossing your teeth. This makes it's much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important for orthodontic patients.
You can avoid any food restriction because you remove your clear aligners when you eat. Since food restrictions are usually the biggest learning curve that accompanies traditional braces, this is a great benefit. With Invisalign, you don't have to stop eating any of your favorite foods while you're working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals in order to avoid staining. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.
With Invisalign aligners, there are no pesky wires to poke out and irritate your mouth, and there aren't any adjustment appointments. To make sure everything is progressing according to plan, Invisalign wearers are still expected to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks.
How does the Big Stone Gap Invisalign system work?
The Invisalign system is pretty straightforward. You'll wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. Your teeth will move gradually until they reach their ideal positions as the aligners are replaced with the next one in the series.
We will check to make sure treatment is progressing as planned during your visits to Sturgill Orthodontics. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that's been made. You must change the aligners on and wear them as directed. This is the most important element to success with your Big Stone Gap Invisalign. Your trays will be custom designed to fit your unique dental needs. They will need to be changed frequently in order to keep up with the shifting of the teeth as they begin to straighten.
The average treatment time tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can vary widely from case to case. Treatment time depends significantly on patient compliance. It's important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it can be hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results.
The treatment time estimate is based on patients following the recommended guidelines. Any small deviation from this can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment.
To learn more about Big Stone Gap Invisalign, or to find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.