Dr. Doug Worful blends relationship-based care, science, and artistry. So, Invisalign clear aligners in in Alpharetta, GA are a great fit with Alpharetta Smile Care. Invisalign is a comfortable, modern, and discreet way to straighten teeth and correct bite issues.
Align Technology created Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment in 1997. Two years later, the FDA-cleared treatment was first sold to consumers in the United States. Since that time, more than 8 million people worldwide have straightened their teeth with Invisalign.
Invisalign treatment involves using a series of aligners to reposition teeth. These aligners are a type of oral appliance. They’re customized to your mouth. They slip over your teeth, similar to how a night-guard or mouth-guard is worn. Each aligner is made from SmartTrack®, a transparent, flexible, smooth, BPA-free thermoplastic. Since the plastic is transparent, they’re not noticeable when you smile. Since the aligners are smooth and flexible, they’re comfortable to wear. There are no parts that poke or rub up against the insides of your mouth.
Each aligner tray corresponds with a different phase of treatment. So, they are all slightly different. Around every two weeks, you wear the next set of aligners. They must be worn in the correct order, as each aligner places gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually reposition them.
You’ll visit Dr. Worful around every four to six weeks. He will check that your treatment is progressing well.
Dr. Worful will evaluate your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If this treatment is right for you, we will use Align Technology’s ClinCheck® software to create a 3-dimensional model of your mouth. Using this digital model, we can show you exactly how your teeth will be realigned during every phase of treatment. This model is also used to make your aligners.
Treatment is convenient and hassle-free. You keep the aligners in your mouth except when you eat meals or brush and floss. The aligners can be brushed with toothpaste and lukewarm water. This easy care prevents the trays from becoming stained and lukewarm (not hot) water prevents warping.
The number of aligners that are worn during your treatment depends on factors, such as the severity of your misalignment or bite problems. On average, patients successfully straighten their teeth with Invisalign in around 12 months.