Achieve straight teeth without a metal mouth. The Invisalign® alignment system gives orthodontic patients a sense of freedom when exploring options for braces. A complimentary Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Timothy E. Mickiewicz in Sacramento, CA, can help you decide if this advanced orthodontic treatment is right for you. Invisalign® aligners are revolutionary in their comfort and convenience. If you are interested in treatment from a certified Invisalign® dentist, contact us today for more information.
Why Choose Invisalign®
When patients think of braces, they recall awkward teenage television idols prying gum from metal brackets and wires breaking and sticking them in the lips. If you avoided braces because you did not want the embarrassment of traditional metal braces, have metal allergies, or just could not fit in the frequent orthodontic visits, Invisalign® may be the answer for you. With Invisalign®, you can enjoy:
- No emergency visits for broken brackets and wires
- Less time in the dentist chair with checkups every six weeks vs. every four weeks
- No metal to irritate gums and lips
- Any foods you like
- Virtually invisible trays with no embarrassing metal braces
- No interference in daily life
Exam and Treatment Process
Your journey will begin with a full-mouth examination, full x-rays, photographs, a digital 3D image, and impressions.
After your consultation, Dr. Mickiewicz will develop a custom treatment plan, tracking the exact movements needed to straighten your teeth, and the length of time needed. Treatment periods are approximately one year for adults and comparable treatment periods to traditional braces for teens. Each patient's plan is unique and treatment times may vary depending on individual needs.
Each set of clear, BPA-free plastic trays are custom made from your dental impressions. The unique aligner trays are worn for two weeks at a time; every new set is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment process. Aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. You can remove the aligners during meals and oral hygiene care.
Benefits of Invisalign®
When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® offers the option to straighten your teeth while maintaining your natural smile.
Some of the benefits include:
Fast – Treatments are generally completed within one year—several months shorter than with traditional braces. There are no wires or brackets to break, so no visits to the orthodontist for emergency repairs.
Comfortable – Patients who have worn metal braces before Invisalign® report that there are no gum tears or sore lips. The clear aligners are gentle and smooth, leaving nothing to cause soft tissue irritation. You do not have to carry around wax until your lips get used to the new position as you would with metal braces.
Removable – Aligners are removable for each meal so that patients may eat without any restrictions. Brushing and flossing remain hassle-free and all teeth are easy to reach. There are no wires or brackets to maneuver around.
The Invisalign® system is easy, fast, and effective, however, success depends almost entirely on the patient. If you do not wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, they will not work. Straightening your teeth to improve your smile, self-esteem, and overall health is one of the best choices you can make for your present and future health.