Invisalign in Wilmington, DE

Do you ever feel confined by a smile you don’t like? Living with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect your life on many levels. Some people feel self-conscious about smiling, and others have trouble keeping their teeth clean. Whatever your challenges, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile you love.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment for adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth without drastically affecting their lifestyles or appearance. With Invisalign, you can improve your oral health and straighten your smile without anyone ever noticing!

To learn more about how clear braces can help you, call our Wilmington dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce E. Matthews, our Invisalign expert.

What Is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, plastic aligner trays to move teeth instead of metal wires and brackets. The low-pressure force of Invisalign aligners gradually straightens teeth in less time and without bulky, restrictive metal braces.

With invisible braces, you wear clear aligners for most of each day and switch them out every two weeks for new ones. This ensures that your teeth continuously move into place according to the treatment plan we create for you.

Why Should I Straighten My Crooked Teeth?

Many people don’t realize it, but straighter teeth are healthier. When teeth overlap or jam up against each other, it’s much more difficult to clean between them. That means you’re at higher risk for built-up bacteria and periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

A misaligned bite can also cause excessive wear on your teeth, requiring dental work years down the road. In addition to causing oral health problems, crooked teeth can add years to your appearance!

How Invisalign Works

When you visit our Wilmington dental office, Dr. Matthews will examine your teeth, discuss your orthodontic goals, and show you what’s possible with Invisalign treatment. We’ll take a digital 3-D scan of your teeth to create your customized treatment plan, which will map out how we’ll move your teeth step-by-step.

Dr. Matthews then works directly with Invisalign technicians to create your state-of-the-art clear braces. Your Invisalign aligners will fit perfectly and be completely undetectable!

You’ll wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours per day, switching the aligner for the next one in the set every two weeks. This ensures that your teeth continue moving in the right direction. You’ll take out the aligners to eat, brush, and floss, which allows you to continue your lifestyle uninterrupted.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

We know you’re curious to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign! While the best way to learn more is to visit Dr. Matthews for an orthodontic evaluation, Invisalign generally works well in these situations:

  • Your jaw has stopped growing.
  • You can adhere to a schedule of wearing and changing the aligners.
  • Your teeth have shifted after previous orthodontic treatment.
  • You don’t have complex bite problems.

Invisalign can fix many orthodontic issues, such as:

  • Overcrowding
  • Wide gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned bite
  • TMJ or TMD

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Here are just a few reasons why our patients choose Invisalign:

  • Discreet – No one will know you’re straightening your teeth or be distracted by your orthodontic treatment during meetings or social activities.
  • Irritation-free – The advanced, smooth plastic material of Invisalign will never irritate your gums or mouth.
  • Zero impact on your diet – Since you remove the aligners when you eat, you don’t have to limit your favorite foods!
  • Easy oral hygiene – Invisalign doesn’t have wires and bracket, and you remove the aligners to brush and floss, so cleaning your teeth is a cinch.
  • Faster treatment time – Clear braces typically take less time than traditional orthodontics. Dr. Matthews will let you know what to expect based on your individual case.

How Is Invisalign Different from Other Orthodontic Options?

We’re glad you asked! Invisalign is an effective, noninvasive alternative to traditional metal braces from which millions of adults have benefited. Here are just a few of the benefits of invisible braces:

  • Effective for straightening teeth, closing gaps, and fixing bite issues
  • Removable for better oral hygiene
  • No limits on what you eat, including popcorn, nuts, and sticky foods
  • Comfortable, light, and nonirritating
  • Inconspicuous appearance

Traditional metal braces can have a drastic impact on your appearance, as well as the way you eat and brush your teeth. Conventional braces also require routine adjustments, which require more visits to the orthodontist. Invisalign eliminates these hassles while providing easy, safe, and precise teeth straightening.

Invisalign uses a set of custom-designed clear plastic aligners that are easily removable and don’t affect the natural color of your teeth. The aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and stimulate gentle teeth movements in less time than regular braces. 

As with traditional braces, keeping your teeth clean by brushing and flossing twice a day is essential for successful treatment. In addition to periodic orthodontic appointments, we'll want you to see Dr. Matthews for regular dental cleanings and exams.

Are Clear Braces Painful?

You might wonder if you have to endure painful adjustments like those with metal braces. However, Invisalign straightens teeth with gentle, low-force pressure, so there’s no need for “tightening” orthodontic appointments. Since Invisalign treatment involves smooth plastic aligner trays, you won’t feel any sharp edges or irritation in your mouth from scratchy wires or brackets.

With Invisalign, it’s normal to feel some tenderness right after switching your aligner for the next one in the set. You can treat this mild discomfort with ibuprofen and expect it to only last a few days.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

On average, adults wear Invisalign for about 12 months to see the results they want. Traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces takes an average of two years!

Success with Invisalign also depends on whether you wear the aligners as instructed every day and changing them every two weeks. Since everyone’s needs are unique, Dr. Matthews can give you a more accurate estimate at your initial Invisalign appointment. Contact Lakeshore Dental Care today to set up your orthodontic evaluation!

Will I Need a Retainer after Invisalign Treatment?

Wearing an orthodontic retainer after your Invisalign treatment is part of your investment in a straighter smile. Your retainer will be smooth plastic and discreet, just like your Invisalign aligners.

Dr. Matthews may discuss a combination retainer and night guard if you grind your teeth. Retainers do wear down over time, even without teeth grinding, so our Wilmington, DE dental team can help you replace it when needed.

How to Get Started with Clear Braces

At Lakeshore Dental Care, we want you to feel informed and comfortable about the treatment you select. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you make the choice that best fits your lifestyle and goals.

The first step is to call our dental office for an Invisalign appointment. Dr. Matthews will examine your teeth and evaluate your orthodontic needs. If we determine that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we’ll create a digital model of your mouth and work with Invisalign to customize your treatment plan.

You’ll be on your way to straighter teeth and a healthier, more confident smile in no time!

Meet Your Invisalign Experts at Lakeshore Dental Care

Are you ready to find out more about Invisalign treatment? Your Wilmington, DE dentist is an expert at restoring smiles. Call us at (303) 475-9220 to schedule an orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Matthews today!