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Invisalign® services offered in Parkesburg, PA

Would you love to straighten your smile without spending a year or longer in metal braces? If so, Invisalign® might be a great fit for your needs and is available through the care of Tejas Patel, DDS, of Dental Excellence of Parkesburg in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Booking a consultation is fast and easy online or by phone, so don’t delay.

Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tray-based teeth alignment system that serves as an alternative to traditional metal braces. It offers the chance to correct your smile without announcing your treatment to the world each time to speak or smile. 

Many people choose Invisalign because you can go through treatment without most people even noticing that you’re wearing your aligners. You’ll also avoid the soft tissue damage that can come when metal brackets rub against the inside of your cheeks or treatment wires poke near the very back of your smile.

Invisalign works by using clear plastic trays to place gentle pressure on your teeth, slowly positioning them into improved alignment. Digital imaging and proprietary software guide the treatment planning process and the trays are crafted to fit the specific size, shape, and positioning of your smile.

What kinds of alignment problems can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can correct many of the same alignment concerns as metal braces. Some examples of treatable cases include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Mix of permanent and baby teeth
  • General misalignment

In some cases, traditional metal braces offer a better treatment fit. Braces are attached directly to the surface of your teeth, and devices like hooks and spacers can be added to create very precise types of force. During your initial consultation, you’ll learn if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, as well as what to expect during treatment.

What is it like to go through Invisalign treatment?

When your first sets of aligners arrive from the lab, you’ll come in to learn how to place them over your teeth and remove them. You’ll wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only to brush, floss, and while eating and drinking.

Every couple of weeks it’s time to switch to a new set of aligner trays. You’ll notice a degree of soreness when you begin wearing a new set of trays. This is normal, and it’s similar to the sensations that follow having a new treatment wire placed during traditional orthodontic treatment. It’s also a clear sign that your treatment is progressing normally. 

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is the ability to perform your normal dental hygiene routines. You won’t have to brush and floss around brackets, hooks, and wires, and there are far fewer places for food bits, plaque, and bacteria to hide. 

When you’re ready to get started, call the office to check appointment availability or schedule a visit online using the easy booking page.