Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs Invisalign© dentist, giving patients the option to discreetly reposition their teeth and straighten their smiles. Well suited for patients needing mild to moderate orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is the number one requested invisible braces system in the United States.
Your smile is one of the first features that gets noticed by others. However, most people are not born with perfectly straight teeth. Although metal braces can correct misalignments, many individuals do not want to spend two to four years flashing a conspicuous smile. The Invisalign method is a unique alternative to the traditional alignment treatments. It is safe and effective for people of all ages.
Invisalign can be used for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without metal braces. This innovative system uses clear, removable aligners to gently repositioning the teeth without causing damage to tooth enamel, gum tissue or TMJ. The dentist uses computer images to represent the teeth before and after the treatment. This provides for a more custom fit than conventional braces. The images are sent to a lab where the various sizes of tray aligners are fabricated. The alignment trays are made of clear, lightweight plastic, and they fit gently and comfortably over the teeth.
Invisalign is used to treat a variety of orthodontic concerns including:
- Crooked teeth
The Invisalign trays are replaced with new, slightly smaller sizes approximately every two weeks. This allows the aligners to gradually and gently shift the teeth to a desired position. Replacement is done in the dental office, so your dentist can monitor your progress and make any necessary modifications to the treatment procedure. The entire process takes approximately six months, depending on how much adjustment you may need.
Invisalign vs Braces
Studies indicate clear braces can lead to improved dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can brush and floss teeth normally, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth. In addition, you can remove aligners to enjoy the food and drink you like without special restriction.
Invisalign aligners are made of an ultra-thin, ultra clear, hard-soft plastic. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately 2 weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 to 12 months.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, Invisalign offers a number of significant clinical benefits including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning with Invisalign© software
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely, for reduced irritation and fewer scratches
Is Invisalign painful?
No. Wearing your Invisalign clear aligners does not cause constant pain because they are custom-fit to your mouth. You will need to give your mouth a few days to get used to wearing clear aligners. You may be uncomfortable during this time, but this discomfort is temporary. If you notice issues after a week or two, contact your dentist for advice.
Can Invisalign give you a lisp?
Some patients notice slight speech issues, but this is temporary while your mouth is getting used to your new aligners. Most patients do not develop a lisp with Invisalign and are able to speak and eat comfortably.
Can Invisalign damage teeth?
No. Invisalign is safe for all teeth. Clear aligners are made of safe materials that do not harm teeth or gums. The Invisalign tooth straightening system can significantly improve your smile without the inconvenience and aggressiveness that other methods create.
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation
Straight teeth can make a smile look brighter, healthier and more attractive. It can save you time as well as eliminate the pain normally associated with tooth alignment. If you are looking for a dentist that offers Invisalign® in the Exton, Main Line, Downingtown, and Chester Springs area, contact Dental Distinction to schedule a consultation. Dr. Petkevis will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if clear aligners are right for you.