Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Kenosha, WI
Brian Danielewicz, DDS, offers Invisalign for patients who need to straighten teeth. Invisalign gently and gradually shifts teeth into place using clear aligner trays. Contact Smile Doctors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by phone or request an appointment online when you or your teen have crowded, crooked teeth and want to explore an alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens teeth, adjusts the spacing between teeth, and treats bite problems without needing a mouth full of metal braces.
While Invisalign makes the same adjustments as braces it's able to correct many types of orthodontic problems. It does so by using plastic aligner that's clear. As a result, your smile doesn’t suffer while teeth are fixed.
The plastic aligner fits over your teeth and is smooth, so it’s comfortable to wear. It’s snug enough to stay in your mouth, yet easy to take in and out.
The Invisalign aligner allows you to eat any foods because it is removed during meals. More importantly, you can easily brush and floss your teeth by temporarily removing the aligner.
How does Invisalign work?
After Dr. Danielewicz takes an impression of your teeth and creates a 3D model of your mouth, he works with Invisalign to come up with a treatment plan. Together, they will define how to adjust the position of each tooth and determine how long the treatment will take.
Invisalign technicians develop a series of aligners that are tailored to your mouth and the adjustments needed.
Each aligner in the series is formed to progressively adjust your teeth. You’ll wear the first aligner for 2-3 weeks, then replace it with the second aligner, which is worn for another 2-3 weeks.
The second aligner is replaced with the third, and the process continues until you go through all the aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, designed to place gentle pressure so that teeth move, using a stepwise process to achieve the final result.
Will I need follow-up visits?
Yes, you’ll need to follow up with Dr. Danielewicz on a regular schedule. He needs to make sure treatment is going as planned, so he’ll track your progress and verify your teeth are moving into the proper place. The frequency of your follow-up appointments depends on your treatment plan.
For Invisalign to be successful, you’ll need to be dedicated to wearing the aligner all the time — at least 20-22 hours daily — until treatment is finished.
When you take it out to brush, you need to remember to put it back in, because if you forget to put the aligner back in your mouth, it can delay treatment.
Invisalign treatment can take up to 12 months, but the doctor will give you details about the length of treatment and checkups after he develops the treatment plan.
To learn more about the wide-ranging benefits of Invisalign treatment at Smile Doctors, call or go online today to request an appointment with Dr. Danielewicz today.