Invisalign Experts in Waterbury
Invisalign could be the answer for teens and adults who want the same results as traditional braces, but with more freedom and flexibility. Clauss Orthodontics is your trusted expert in straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Waterbury, Woodbury, Watertown, Southbury, and surrounding communities.
What does Invisalign in Waterbury involve?
If you use Invisalign as directed, it’s just as effective as traditional braces for treating many of the most common orthodontic problems. The Invisalign clear aligner system aligns teeth and helps to improve oral health by using a series of clear, removable aligners. At your initial consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth at your initial consultation. From this, we build a customized aligner that is specific to each patient’s smile. The trays are constructed of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly over the teeth. We design these trays to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with your teeth as they move into their desired new positions.
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign in Waterbury treatment?
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important for orthodontic patients. This means that one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is that you can remove them. Invisalign aligners are removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. This means you’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. They’re also meant to be removed before brushing and flossing. This makes it much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
With Invisalign, you don’t have to forego any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Since you can remove your clear aligners, you can avoid any food restrictions, which is a big deal because food restrictions are often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces. Aligners do need to be removed before all meals to avoid staining. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.
With Invisalign aligners, you won’t get poked and irritated by wires in your mouth and there aren’t any adjustment appointments, either. Invisalign wearers are still expected to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, so that Dr. Mark Clauss can be sure everything is progressing on schedule.
How does the Invisalign in Waterbury system work?
The Invisalign system is straightforward. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As you replace the aligners with the next one in the series, your teeth will move gradually, until they reach their final desired positions.
We’ll check to make sure treatment is going according to plan during your visits to Clauss Orthodontics. You must change the aligners on and wear them as directed. This is the most important thing if you want your Invisalign in Waterbury to be successful. Your trays will be custom designed to fit your needs. You’ll change them frequently to keep up with how your teeth are shifting as they begin to straighten. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.
Don’t forget that every patient will respond to treatment differently. Your compliance will ultimately determine the length of treatment. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it's hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. Though the average is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can differ from case to case.
Any small deviation from instructions can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program. We estimate the average treatment time based on you following the recommended guidelines. This means wearing your aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout treatment.
To learn more about Invisalign in Waterbury or find out if you are a suitable candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.