When many of us think about orthodontic treatment, we’re reminded of our awkward middle school pictures including metal braces, appliances, and possibly even headgear. Once those braces came off, it was your smile against the world!
But sometimes life happens, we stop wearing our retainers, and our teeth change and move over time. This is where Invisalign treatment can be a great resource for your smile’s future. Whether it’s you or your child who needs further orthodontic correction, here’s how Invisalign clear aligners can help.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is an orthodontic treatment system using virtually invisible, clear aligners to move your teeth. Patients who use Invisalign clear aligners receive a set of aligners to gradually straighten any misalignment. Clear aligner treatment is a discreet, effective form of orthodontic treatment involving retainers that you remove to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Orthodontists recommend patients wear their Invisalign clear aligners for 22 to 24 hours per day and only remove them when eating and drinking or brushing and flossing.
Will My Child or I Need Invisalign After Braces?
Once a set of braces is removed, the orthodontist will have you or your child wear a metal retainer, a plastic retainer, or a fixed retainer to maintain the corrections and help set a smile for life. A fixed retainer is an orthodontic appliance that is fixed behind your lower front teeth following orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontists recommend using a retainer for as long as possible to keep your teeth or your child’s teeth from returning to their original state. With proper dental care and retainer usage, post-braces treatment will most likely not be necessary.
Can Invisalign Correct Teeth that Have Shifted?
Invisalign clear aligners may certainly be an option! Your family orthodontist will evaluate the shift of the teeth and the type of retainer being used, determine treatment times, and decide if Invisalign treatment is the right approach. Following the completion of clear aligner treatment, you or your child will still use a retainer to maintain the results. Keeping up with optimal oral hygiene and dental visits will help the treatment go smoothly and give you or your child the smile of your dreams!
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment with Family Orthodontics SC
Contact one of our conveniently located offices in Camden, Lexington, and Columbia, to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our talented, expert orthodontists are ready to help you and your family achieve brighter, straighter smiles for life.