Invisalign®: Clear, Removable Orthodontics for Adults and Teenagers
Crooked teeth are a common problem for adults and teenagers who never had braces, or who underwent orthodontic treatment and their teeth have shifted over time. To help you achieve a straighter smile while avoiding the discomfort and appearance of traditional orthodontics, Dr. Gilbert Palmieri is proud to offer Invisalign® at his Lancaster practice. This innovative orthodontic treatment uses clear acrylic aligners to gently shift your teeth. Invisalign® has become a favorite cosmetic therapy due to its discreet appearance and comfortable fit. To learn more, contact G. J. Palmieri, DDS & Associates today to schedule a consultation.
What Does Invisalign® Treatment Involve?
Using impressions of your mouth, Invisalign® aligners are individually custom-crafted to fit snugly over your teeth. The treatment plan typically lasts about a year, and new aligners are delivered to you roughly every two weeks.
Like any treatment, the Invisalign® process begins with a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. Dr. Palmieri will take x-rays of your teeth and discuss your dental and health history. If you are found to be a good candidate for Invisalign®, he will take digital scans of your teeth. These images will be entered into the treatment planning software, and will also be used by the lab to fabricate your aligners.
Over the course of your treatment, you will wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day. You can remove the aligner during meals, to clean your teeth, and for special occasions. Compliance with the 22-hour guideline will help to keep your treatment on track. As you wear each aligner, it will gently reposition your teeth in preparation for the next aligner in the series. When you receive your new aligner, you will wear it and discard the used one.
Every six weeks or so, patients should plan on attending a quick evaluation at our office. Dr. Palmieri will assess your teeth to make sure your treatment is progressing as planned. If you lose or damage an aligner, a replacement can be ordered. For our younger patients, Invisalign® Teen comes with a few replacement aligners at no additional cost.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign® over Braces?
Invisalign® presents many advantages over traditional metal orthodontics, such as:
Easy removal for eating and oral care
No tightening of wires, which can cause aches and pain
No wires will come loose and cause mouth sores
In addition to offering discreet treatment, because the aligners are clear, you can watch your progress as your teeth gently shift into position.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Initially designed for adults, Invisalign® is now available for teenagers too. If you have good oral health, and can visit the dentist approximately every six weeks for your check-ups, you are likely a good candidate for Invisalign®. Candidates should also be responsible enough to wear their aligners for about 22 hours a day, and remember to take them in and out for cleaning and eating.
Schedule Your Consultation
Invisalign® has revolutionized orthodontic treatment for adults and teens. To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmieri today.