When it comes to unique gift ideas, there’s nothing quite like the Invisalign system. Straight teeth are achievable in a comfortable and convenient way thanks to these custom-fitted aligner trays.
With the holidays fast approaching, you may be running out of gift ideas. Giving the gift of straight teeth through Invisalign will leave the wearer with a beautiful smile that they will be proud to show off for a lifetime. Most importantly, the benefits of straight teeth are clear and long-lasting: properly aligned pearly whites lead to healthier gums and teeth by preventing tooth decay, bad breath, and tooth loss.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is teeth-straightening treatment that uses a series of customized aligner trays made for a patient to wear over the teeth based on planned movements made by a dentist. The Invisalign trays are made of a very smooth, BPA-free plastic that sits comfortably in the mouth while appearing virtually invisible to others. It works to treat a variety of dental problems like overbite, underbite, and gaps to conveniently create the perfect smile personalized to the patient’s case.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces?
Invisalign features many advantages to traditional braces including invisibility, very comfortable wear, no food restriction, and easy cleaning. Invisalign is nearly invisible to others and the smooth exterior will not irritate your gums and cheeks the way that traditional metal braces can. Because the Invisalign aligner trays are removable, brushing and flossing is much less challenging than cleaning around brace brackets and does not require food restrictions.
What is the Invisalign Treatment Process?
The first step of the Invisalign process is to set up a consultation with Dr. Nichols or Dr. Mascagni to discuss the procedure in detail. This is a great time to ask questions about the Invisalign process, as well as any insurance-related questions.
After the consultation, the dentist will create a 3-D image of the patient’s mouth using x-rays, images, and impressions. A unique treatment plan will be outlined to fit the exact series of movements for the patient’s teeth.
From the 3-D image, the Invisalign clear aligner trays will be constructed and custom-fitted to the individual. After receiving the initial set, the patient will continue to wear a new set in sequence every two weeks as the teeth shift into place.
There will be required checkups approximately every six weeks so that your dentist can inspect and monitor the progress of the wearer’s smile. For adults, the entire process takes about a year’s time. For teens, this process will take about the same amount of time as braces.
Do the Trays Require Special Care?
The Invisalign system is truly unique, as it does not require specialized care. Each tray is made to simply be worn the entire day with the only exception being during mealtimes and when brushing and flossing teeth. For consistent results, Invisalign should be worn between 20 and 22 hours each day.
We hope that you’ll consider the unique gift idea of Invisalign for a loved one in your life this holiday season. Please visit Arkansas Family Dental online to give the gift of Invisalign or call our office at 501-683-8886 if you have any questions. For more unique gift ideas, check back for the final part of our holiday gift series and read Part One featuring dental veneers and Part Two highlighting Zoom whitening.
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