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By Kwong Orthodontics, P.C.
January 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

orthodontist Portage, MINo matter how crooked their teeth may be, no one gets excited about the idea of temporarily adding metal to their smile in order to straighten them out. That's the appeal of Invisalign: You get the fantastic results of braces without dealing with unsightly brackets or retainers.

If you're interested in using Invisalign, a practically invisible teeth-straightening solution, you'll first need to consult a dentist or orthodontist specializing in the treatment. For people seeking a straighter smile in the Portage, MI, area, Kwong Orthodontics is experienced with fitting and guiding patients through Invisalign treatment.

Your Invisalign provider will check to see if you're a good fit for the treatment, and if your smile can be enhanced with it, you and your dentist can then discuss the details. Invisalign is an effective solution to a variety of tooth and jaw alignment issues, but you won't know for sure if it'll work for you until you've been examined by a professional.

If you're a candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and create a treatment plan for you. These maps of your teeth will be used to construct the custom plastic aligners that will shift your teeth. You remove the aligners when you eat, brush and floss, and you'll get new aligners approximately every two weeks to continue the progression toward your straighter smile.

As you go through the treatment, you'll need to check in with your dentist to make sure your progress is on track with the plan. Invisalign recommends you wear your aligners between 20 and 22 hours a day in order to get the best results and continue treatment along your specified timeline. At the conclusion of treatment, you'll need to wear a retainer to keep your new smile in place, just like if you had traditional metal braces.

If you want to make a drastic change to your appearance without the undesirable appearance side-effects that come with metal braces, ask your dentist about Invisalign. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwong and learn more about your options for improving your smile in Portage, MI, by calling (269) 366-0882.