General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontics Provider located in Oklahoma City, OK
If you’re one of the 9 in 10 Americans with slightly misaligned or maloccluded teeth, consider treatment with Invisalign®. This advanced orthodontic technique can realign your smile, ensuring you look and feel your best. At Safari Dental in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, expert dentist Sherman Menser, DDS, and the caring team use Invisalign to address mild and moderate orthodontic issues. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment used to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t rely on brackets, wires, or rubber bands. Instead, it uses an FDA-approved thermoplastic called SmartTrack®.
SmartTrack is durable and discreet. The aligners snap over your teeth, gradually improving orthodontic issues over time.
What types of issues can Invisalign address?
Invisalign treatment is incredibly versatile. The team at Safari Dental usually recommends Invisalign to correct mild or moderate orthodontic issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crowded teeth
You might also benefit from Invisalign treatment if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
Invisalign treatment at Safari Dental begins with an in-office consultation. During this appointment, your provider conducts an oral exam, evaluates your smile, and takes digital impressions of your teeth.
Your provider uploads your impressions to a computer and maps out a precise, customized digital treatment plan. The treatment plan showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile and supplies a foundation for orthodontic care.
After approving your plan, your provider sends your impressions to a laboratory. The laboratory manufactures your first set of aligners and sends them to Safari Dental about a week later.
Throughout Invisalign treatment, you return to Safari Dental every two or three weeks. At each appointment, you change into a new set of aligners. Over time, the aligners shift your teeth into place according to your treatment plan until you achieve the smile of your dreams.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies depending on your goals for treatment and your underlying orthodontic problems. That said, most people achieve their desired results in 12-18 months. In order to speed up the process, follow your Safari Dental provider’s instructions carefully. These include wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours every day.
How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign aligners are tough, but they aren’t invincible, so it’s important to keep yours in good shape. Make sure to remove your aligners several times each day and rinse them off with cool tap water.
You should also brush your aligners with toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush at least once a day. For more thorough cleanings, ask your Safari Dental provider about the Invisalign cleaning system.
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, make an appointment at Safari Dental. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.