John L. Aurelia, Patients
Even when extra care is taken to perfect the image, the presence of crooked, crowded teeth in the smile can be a deal breaker, both professionally and socially. Today, an attractive smile is not only a sign of health and vitality; it also gives people their first impression of our character. In polls, we clearly see the importance of an attractive smile, with the majority of people responding that the appearance of the smile makes one seem friendlier, more trustworthy, and even more motivated.
Though statistics show we place great value on the smile, there are many people who avoid undergoing the very treatment that could transform their smile due to the details of treatment. Specifically, most people would prefer not to have silver metal brackets and wires cemented to their teeth for twelve to thirty-six months. If you live in the 48307zip code, and would like to straighten out your smile, Dr. Aurelia is a certified Invisalign dentist who can help you achieve your smile goals.
Invisalign has changed the face of orthodontics forever. Based on innovative research, and including complex technology, Invisalign treatment is actually quite simple.
The first step in straightening the teeth with Invisalign is to consult with your dentist. Dr. Aurelia and our team will perform an examination of teeth and gums, take digital x-rays, and make a mold of teeth from impressions. The data we collect is sent to Invisalign, where specialized software devises an overall teeth-straightening plan that will result in the optimal alignment of teeth.
From the Invisalign lab, we will receive a series of customized aligner trays, which are to be worn for two weeks at a time, in succession from first to last. The exact number of trays that will be worn is dependent on the overall treatment plan, which is based on the degree to which teeth need to be moved.
Completing the Invisalign treatment plan is easy for most patients. It may take a few days to grow accustomed to wearing aligners, which feel much like teeth whitening trays or a very thin mouth guard worn for sports. During the initial phase, a slight lisp may occur when speaking, but this will pass very quickly, as the tongue gets used to the new appliance.
The benefit of Invisalign is that there is very little impact of treatment to your lifestyle. Because aligners are removable, you are able to continue eating your favorite foods, and performing oral hygiene to the most successful level. The only addition to oral hygiene is that aligner trays should be gently cleaned with cool water every day. This will keep the aligners from getting cloudy and developing a foul odor.
Throughout treatment, you will see your dentist every four to six weeks for progress checks. Within about a year to eighteen months, your smile will look and feel its best.
Don’t wait to feel confident in your smile. Contact us for your Invisalign consultation today.