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By Elkhart Dental Center
March 15, 2019
Tags: invisalign   Retainers   Adult Braces  

Invisalign Clear BracesHave questions about Invisalign? Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces and improves your smile without disrupting your life. Dr. Sangyoung Lee at Elkhart Dental Center in Elkhart, IN, offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of custom-made aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No wires, brackets, or restrictions that come with traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is a great solution for teenagers and adults looking for a virtually invisible method to enhance their smile.

What are the aligners made of?

Your Elkhart, IN, dentist will supply you with a set of Invisalign aligner trays. These trays are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. They are worn for about two weeks, then you switch to a new set of trays.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Invisalign aligner trays straighten teeth through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. You will need to wear your aligner trays for about 20 to 22 hours every day, except to brush, floss, and eat. Invisalign aligner trays move your teeth in small increments.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign aligner trays are transparent and work with your lifestyle.
  • They're nearly invisible, so most people won't notice that you're wearing them.
  • With traditional braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can get stuck in your braces.
  • Invisalign aligners can be removed for special occasions, eating, brushing, and flossing.

How long does treatment take?

It takes between 9 to 18 months to create a brand new smile using Invisalign. The average length of your treatment depends on the severity of your condition and can be determined by your dentist. Before you start treatment, you will know how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like.

Will I need a retainer after treatment?

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is an important step because it keeps your teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer. In many cases, the patient's last aligner will be their temporary retainer, until their retention option is determined.

What's the best way to clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligner trays every night and brush them gently with a toothbrush to keep them clean. The best way to make sure your aligners are clean is to soak them in Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or a denture cleaner. To maintain proper hygiene, you should brush your teeth after meals and before you reinsert your aligners.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

You can get started with Invisalign by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lee. At your first consultation, he will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is suitable for you.

Invisalign will do you and your smile a world of good. Call Elkhart Dental Center Elkhart, IN, at 574-522-0156 to schedule a consultation today!

By Elkhart Dental Center
April 30, 2018
Tags: invisalign  

Are you interested in Invisalign from your Elkhart dentist?invisalign

Invisalign are clear aligners made using 3-D computer imaging technology. They're removable and comfortable aligners made to straight teeth. They're also transparent, which is great for adults and teenagers.

Your Elkhart, IN, dentist creates custom aligners using the specialized computer software. The clear aligners snuggle over your teeth and function just like traditional braces. They apply a gentle force on teeth to move them into their proper position.

The clear plastic aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, which means they're flexible and great for straightening teeth discreetly.

The whole procedure takes about 9 to 15 months. You switch out the custom aligner trays with another tray every 2 weeks and wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day. Make sure you remove the clear aligners when you eat and rinse them with lukewarm water. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but that's unnecessary since they're transparent.

Advantages of Invisalign:

There are several advantages to using Invisalign. They don't hinder you from having a healthy oral regimen because Invisalign is a removable appliance. You'll clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you had traditional metal braces. The plastic also makes them comfortable; Invisalign clear aligners are thin and flexible, so they don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal brackets or wires. The transparent braces are discreet and used to protect teeth from bruxism, teeth-grinding.

With Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want. Traditional braces prevent eating foods, like taffy, or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can remove the trays so nothing gets stuck in them.

You'll need to visit your dentist once every six weeks to ensure the procedure is going as planned. If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, you can call your Elkhart, IN, dentist at (574) 522-0156.

By Elkhart Dental Center
September 28, 2017
Tags: invisalign  

If you want straight teeth you’re not unlike most Americans. The majority of Americans believe that a straight, symmetrical smile is a key invisalignelement of a person’s attractiveness according to a survey by the American Dental Association. Let our dentist at Elkhart Dental Center in Elkhart, IN Dr. Sangyoung Lee straighten out your teeth with Invisalign, an orthodontic treatment that is in high demand with teen and adult patients.

More Adults Want Straighter Teeth
Though most orthodontists say that the best time to straighten your smile is in the pre-teen or teen years, more and more adults are inquiring about braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. They want perfectly aligned teeth with contoured edges that are free from gaps and crowding. 

How to Get Straight Teeth
Invisalign is one of the best options for adults who want a straighter smile but want to avoid wearing metal braces. Invisalign, an orthodontic treatment offered by our Elkhart dentist, allows your dentist to adjust the positioning of your teeth gently and discreetly with the help of plastic aligners. You’ll simply wear the prescribed aligners for two weeks at a time until the treatment is complete. It’s easier and faster compared to getting metal braces. 

Keeping Your Teeth Straight
After your teeth are straightened with Invisalign braces, you have to keep up with a few habits to ensure that they stay that way. Here are some tips:

- Brush and floss twice per day to avoid problems with gum disease, which can cause the teeth to shift out of place.
- Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Avoid biting or tearing food with your front teeth when possible.
- Wear your final aligner as your retainer at night when you’re sleeping. If you lose the aligner, get a new one quickly from your dentist.

Make an Appointment for Orthodontics
A straighter smile is possible thanks to the various orthodontic treatment options offered at Elkhart Dental Center in Indiana, including Invisalign. Call the office at 574-522-0156 today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sangyoung Lee.