While many Minnesotans have heard of Invisalign®, they may know little about what treatment actually involves unless they have discussed it with their dentist in Woodbury, MN. A consultation with Dr. Marko Kamel at Woodbury Dental Arts can help you understand if aligners are right for you. Before your appointment, here are three important facts you should know about this treatment.
Invisalign® aligners are custom molded for your mouth, and you go through a series of them over the course of treatment to slowly move your teeth into place. This means that you will have regular checkups with your dentist in Woodbury, MN, throughout treatment. The number of aligners you go through depends on your unique situation, but many patients may use between 20 and 30.
While traditional braces tend to stay in place and only require dentist intervention to tighten or replace brackets, aligner treatment depends on you. You must commit to wearing them at least 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat and clean your teeth. If you cannot commit to strictly following treatment guidelines, this may not be for you.
How long it takes to straighten your teeth depends on your situation. If your teeth require quite a bit of movement, it may take longer to move them into place. Some patients may need additional procedures to prepare their teeth for using the aligners. Treatment typically lasts between 12 and 18 months for adults and teens, which is still often much shorter than traditional braces. On the even brighter side, many patients start seeing improvement in their teeth within weeks.
Schedule a Consultation
It is important to have a consultation with Dr. Kamel before deciding on treatment. You should make sure you are a good candidate for Invisalign® first. To learn more and to schedule a visit, contact our office today.