Are Dental Cleanings Still Needed During Invisalign® Treatment?
Crooked, gapped, and misaligned teeth wreak havoc on your natural smile and your self-confidence. Additionally, poorly aligned teeth and an abnormal bite can make it difficult to have accurate speech and alter how you eat. At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics, we work with our patients throughout Wyomissing, PA to help them achieve beautiful smiles. Our professional team offers numerous treatment plans, including Invisalign clear aligners, to straighten teeth and improve oral health.
What is Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign clear aligners are a dental intervention used to correct crooked, gapped, and misaligned teeth. Invisalign trays are clear and are custom-fit to slide over your teeth and gradually move them into the proper position. At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics, our doctors will perform thorough initial dental examinations to see if Invisalign aligners could be the appropriate treatment path.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
Patients come into our office for an initial consultation. During the first session, we will collect a digital imprint of your teeth and send the results to an Invisalign laboratory to have your trays developed. Once your trays are ready, you will return to Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics to receive your trays. Over the course of several months, the patient returns every couple of weeks to ensure their treatment is moving their teeth into the correct position. Patients generally complete their Invisalign treatment within 1 – 2 years, but the duration varies depending on the patient’s dental and orthodontic needs.
What are the benefits of using Invisalign aligners?
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners come with many benefits, including:
- Easy removal of the tray for eating, drinking, dental hygiene, sports, and playing musical instruments
- Customized fit for optimal results
- Easy to clean
- Correcting crowded, gapped, or misaligned teeth
- Correcting overbites, underbites, and crossbites
- Achievable results in a reasonable timeframe
Are dental cleanings still needed during Invisalign treatment?
No matter what orthodontic corrections you are participating in, it’s essential to keep up with regular dental cleanings. As recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), all patients should participate in professional dental cleanings twice per year or once every six months. To enhance your oral health, maintain a steady routine of cleaning your Invisalign trays to help prevent discoloration, gum disease, and tooth breakdown.
What results can I expect after Invisalign treatment?
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, your teeth and bite should be aligned in a proper position for better oral function and a gorgeous smile. To prevent your teeth from migrating back into a poor position, we may recommend using a Vivera® retainer to be worn regularly for the indefinite future.
Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign treatment in Wyomissing, PA
If you live in or near Wyomissing, PA, and think your teeth would benefit from Invisalign treatment, contact our team at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics and schedule an appointment today. We will work with you, listen to your dental and orthodontic goals, and help determine the appropriate treatment.