At Smile Center of Knightsville, Jeanine Gourdine, DMD, and staff specialize in various types of family and general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, like Invisalign®. The practice serves the residents of Summerville, South Carolina, as well as the surrounding communities. Call the office to schedule a consultation or request one online today.
Invisalign works by slowly moving and shifting your teeth little by little over a period of time. Several trays are created, each slightly different from those that came before. Each tray is used for a specific time to allow the teeth to shift or move according to the treatment plan.
With each subsequent tray, the teeth are moved more and more toward your goals and the outcome of the treatment plan. The gradual treatment allows you to remove the trays whenever needed, such as when you’re eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.
The number of trays needed for an Invisalign treatment will depend on how extensive the correction will be. In most cases, up to 24 trays are used over a two-year period. Every person is different, and no set number of trays is used at any given time.
Each tray is worn for about two or more weeks to make sure the teeth shift is gradual and complete. The dentist may include additional trays if the teeth do not shift according to the treatment plan.
Patients who have moderate misalignment may have to wear the trays longer than expected if the structure of their mouths does not change sufficiently enough in the allotted amount of time.
You can benefit from using Invisalign if you have minor misalignment, spaces, gaps between your teeth, or crooked teeth. Some of the alignment problems requiring Invisalign or braces include:
The Invisalign system involves the use of several clear trays, each slightly different. Each tray shifts or moves the teeth a little at a time over the span of several months. Both teens and adults can profit from this type of system.
Invisalign trays must be worn for several hours each day to move the teeth and ensure they are held in place so they don't return to their prior position.
To learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate, call Smile Center of Knightsville to schedule a consultation or request one online today.