Invisalign® Aligners in Westland, MI
The Benefits of Invisalign
If your smile is crooked and misaligned, you might be thinking about braces. But braces give many people pause due to the complicated brackets and wires.
Invisalign can straighten your smile without the hassle. The nearly-invisible aligners can quickly move your teeth into position without anyone noticing you’re wearing them.
The Invisalign Process
The first step to getting Invisalign aligners is to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified dentists. During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign
Advanced 3D scans of your mouth will be taken, allowing your dentist to get a detailed view of your teeth. You’ll also be able to see how your teeth will look after your treatment is finished with our advanced digital software.
After your consultation, it typically takes a couple of weeks to make your first aligners. When they’re ready, we’ll let you know you can come to our office to pick them up. Your dentist will provide you with detailed care and treatment instructions.
For the duration of your treatment plan, you’ll wear your aligners every day for a recommended time of 20 to 22 hours. You should only remove your aligners at mealtimes and for cleaning.
Every two weeks, you’ll receive another pair of aligners to continue your treatment. You can choose to have them sent directly to you or you can pick them up at our office.
Invisalign vs At-Home Aligners
With the popularity of Invisalign and other clear aligners, many online companies have created similar products that don’t require visits to dental offices. While these may seem convenient, they can pose many issues for your dental care.
Without the guidance of a dentist to ensure your treatment is on the right track, at-home aligners can cause greater problems than you had before. Your dentist can catch these issues before they get out of hand when you come in for check-ups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your aligners may feel uncomfortable at first as you get used to them, and they can hurt sometimes. They are still moving your teeth around. If you feel any sharp pain, you should contact our office as there may be something wrong with your aligners.
Most dental insurance companies cover part of the cost of Invisalign. Contact your insurance provider for more information about your coverage.
You should take out your Invisalign trays at least once a day to clean them. Rinse off your tray and use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste to clean in small circular motions. Brush both the inside and outside of your aligners.
Aligners should be removed whenever you eat or drink, and you can avoid staining as well as other issues by brushing your teeth
If you already have braces, you may be able to switch your treatment to Invisalign. Talk to us about your interest in switching to Invisalign, and your dentist can determine if it’s possible for you.
Invisalign trays are generally removable to allow you to eat and clean your trays as well as your teeth.
The Invisalign process usually takes about 12 to 18 months to complete, on average half the time of traditional metal braces.
You can eat and drink anything over the course of your Invisalign treatment unless otherwise instructed. Just make sure you remove your aligners when you eat and brush your teeth before putting them back in.
Yes, you can drink alcohol as long as you take out your aligners and make sure your teeth aren’t sticky when you put your aligners back on.
Yes, you can drink coffee as long as you take out your aligners and brush your teeth so you don’t stain your aligners when you put them back in.