Derby Invisalign experts

Dillehay Orthodontics is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Derby, Wichita, Arkansas City, Newton, and surrounding communities. For teens and adults who want the same results, you get from traditional braces, but with more freedom and flexibility, Invisalign could be the answer!

What is involved in Derby Invisalign treatment?

The Invisalign clear aligner system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to align teeth and improve oral health. Invisalign has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. At your initial consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth at your initial consultation. We build a customized aligner that is specific to each patient’s smile. The trays are constructed of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly over the teeth. These trays are designed to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions.

What are the benefits of choosing Derby Invisalign treatment?

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is their removability. You’ll never have to worry about food getting in your brackets or wires. Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. They’re also meant to be removed before brushing and flossing. This makes it’s much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important for orthodontic patients.

Since you can remove you clear aligners, you can avoid any food restriction. Food restrictions are often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have to forego any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals in order to avoid staining. They should be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.

With Invisalign aligners, there are no pesky wires to poke out and irritate the mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments, either. Invisalign wearers are still expected to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks. This lets Dr. J.K. Dillehay or Dr. Ken Dillehay can be sure everything is progressing on schedule.

How does the Derby Invisalign system work?

The Invisalign system is pretty straightforward. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As the aligners are replaced with the next one in the series, your teeth will be moving gradually. They will reach their final desired positions once you have through all of the aligners.

During visits with Dillehay Orthodontics, we will check to make sure treatment is doing its job. You must change the aligners on and wear them as directed. This is the most important factor for success with your Derby Invisalign. Your trays will be custom designed to fit your personal needs. They will need to be changed frequently in order to keep up with the shifting of the teeth as they begin to straighten. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.

Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it can be hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Though the average tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can change dramatically from case to case. Treatment time depends significantly on patient compliance.

The average treatment time is estimated based on patients following the recommended guidelines. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment. Any small change can make your treatment take longer. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program.

To learn more about Derby Invisalign, or to find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.