Straight, properly aligned teeth are not only beautiful — they are more comfortable, healthier, and easier to maintain. As a comprehensive practice, Avon Dental Group is proud to be a provider of the Invisalign orthodontic system. Invisalign can address a range of orthodontic concerns, from crooked and gapped teeth to bite misalignment. Leaving these types of dental problems untreated can impair proper oral function and may require costlier care to repair over the long term. As a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made and can be removed before eating and cleaning your teeth, which is more favorable for a number of our patients. If you or your teenager are interested in straightening your smile with Invisalign technology, schedule a consultation at our Avon, CT family dental practice to learn about this exciting treatment option.
Are You a Candidate?
Invisalign treatment is wonderful for both teens and adults who want straighter, healthier teeth without the hassle and appearance of braces. Even though the aligners should be worn for the majority of the day, Invisalign trays may be taken out for cleaning your teeth and before eating, as well as for special occasions and playing sports. Far less obvious than traditional metal braces that may irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, Invisalign is so discreet that you family and friends will not likely realize you are undergoing orthodontic care.
There are many factors that may impact how your teeth are aligned, including genetics, thumbsucking as a child, the loss of a tooth or teeth, and physical trauma to your face or jaw. Tooth misalignment may lead to other oral health problems, including functional problems with the bite, uneven wear on the enamel, trouble speaking and chewing, and jaw discomfort or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. If our dentists detect any of these concerns during your annual exam, we may suggest an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign.
Teeth Straightening Process
Invisalign works through a series of computer-generated aligner trays, which allow for complete and precise customization for each individual patient. To create your trays, our team will take a digital impression of your mouth using our advanced iTero Element 2 intraoral scanner, which creates a more precise impression without messy materials. Your clear aligner trays will then be made in a special Invisalign dental lab. Once they are ready, you will return our practice to receive your trays along with instructions from our Invisalign dentist. You will need to keep your aligners in at least 20 hours every day for the system to work, ideally removing them only for eating and cleaning. You will move to your next set of aligners every 1 – 2 weeks as they carefully guide your teeth into proper alignment. Orthodontic visits will be scheduled every 4 – 6 weeks at Avon Dental Group to have the fit of your aligners evaluated as you progress through tooth movement. While the length of time that you need to wear Invisalign trays will be based on the initial condition of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, most patients undergo treatment for about one year.
After Your Orthodontic Care
Once your bite is in alignment and your Invisalign treatment is complete, it is crucial to prevent your teeth from shifting into their former position. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are designed using the same comfortable materials and are essential to keeping your teeth in their new position after the active phase of your orthodontic treatment is finished. Every retainer is custom-made at the Invisalign dental laboratory from iTero digital impressions taken after your teeth have reached their final destination. Our Invisalign dentist will talk with you about how long to wear your retainer and provide instructions on how to clean and care for it each day. We will continue to monitor your teeth alignment and bite during your routine dental exams to ensure your teeth remain in their proper place.
Is Invisalign Covered?
Depending on your individual plan, a portion of your Invisalign orthodontic treatment may be covered by dental insurance. Our front office will help you maximize your coverage benefits and estimate any personal expenses. Avon Dental Group wants all patients to get the care needed for excellent oral health and offers flexible forms of payment to cover any uninsured portion. During your Invisalign consultation, we will talk with you about your estimated costs and ways to make your treatment more affordable, including flexible payment plans through CareCredit.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
Many men, women, and teens in the Avon, CT area are finding Invisalign to be a modern, highly discreet way to get the confident smile they have always wanted. If you or your child are curious about getting straighter, healthier teeth without the drawbacks of metal orthodontics, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Avon Dental Group to learn if you are a candidate for Invisalign advanced teeth straightening system. Talk to our friendly team in Avon, CT today to get started on your journey to a more attractive smile.