Cranberry Township Invisalign experts

Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Cranberry Township, Mars, Zelienople and surrounding communities. If you are an adult or teen looking for more flexibility and freedom, while getting the same results as traditional braces, Invisalign could be the answer!

What is involved in Cranberry Township Invisalign treatment?

As long as you follow our instructions, Invisalign should work just well as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic problems. The Invisalign clear aligner system aligns teeth and helps to improve oral health by using clear, removable aligners. At your first consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth. We then build a customized aligner that is specific to each patient’s smile. The trays are made 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 Cranberry Township Invisalign treatment?

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is their removability. Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. This means you’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. Since you remove your aligners to brush and floss, it will be much easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important for orthodontic patients.

Since you can remove your clear aligners, you can avoid what is often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces: food restrictions. With Invisalign, you don’t have to forego any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals so your teeth don’t stain. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.

With Invisalign aligners, there are no wires to poke and irritate your mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments, either. Invisalign wearers should still attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, so that Dr. Rhoads can be sure everything is progressing on schedule.

How does the Cranberry Township Invisalign system work?

The Invisalign system is pretty straightforward. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and they should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. Your teeth will move gradually as you go through the aligners in your series. At the end of the series, they will reach their final desired positions.

During visits with Rhoads Orthodontic Specialist, we will check to make sure treatment is progressing as planned. The most important factor in your success with your Cranberry Township Invisalign is how well you follow the instruction we give you. 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 movement of your teeth as they begin to straighten. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.

It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Invisalign works in a different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it can be hard to say how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. The average treatment time can vary dramatically, but the average tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months. Treatment time depends on patient compliance.

The average treatment time is estimated based on patients following the recommended guidelines. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment. Any small deviation from this can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program.

To learn more about Cranberry Township Invisalign, or to find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.