ORTHodontic treatment in Chattanooga & Hixson, TN

At Chattanooga Dental Studio, we know that a great smile radiates to everyone around you. That’s why we’re committed to providing expert dental treatment for patients throughout Hixson, Chattanooga, and the surrounding areas. Orthodontics doesn’t just improve the appearance of your smile; it can also improve your oral health. And with our state-of-the-art Invisalign system for teens and adults, you can enjoy straighter teeth in less time without ever wearing metal braces. Read more about Invisalign below!

 

invisalign Q & A

by Chris Robertson, DDS

Can orthodontics improve my oral health?

Yes. While many people think of orthodontic treatment in terms of the cosmetic benefits the treatment provides, the fact is, having straighter teeth can be very beneficial for oral health. Straighter teeth have fewer crevices for bacteria to hide, and caring for straight, properly-spaced teeth is also much easier, which means tooth decay and gum disease are less likely to occur. Plus, orthodontic treatment can help align the teeth and jaws to reduce the risk of developing jaw strain, chronic jaw pain and headache, uneven tooth wear and temporomandibular joint disorder.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses smooth, clear plastic trays called aligners that are custom-fit for each patient. The aligners fit snugly over the teeth, and they’re worn in a specific sequence to help move teeth into their proper positions over time. The aligners eliminate the need for wires and brackets used in traditional braces.

What happens during Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment begins with an evaluation of the patient’s needs followed by impressions and measurements, which are sent to a lab where the aligners will be created. The impressions are scanned into a computer that uses special computer-aided design (CAD) software to create a series of 3D models that show how the teeth need to move to come into alignment. Then, the plastic aligners are created using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) using those models. During treatment, each aligner is worn for about two weeks, after which it’s “swapped” for the next aligner in the sequence. Patients visit the office about once every six weeks for a “checkup.” Most treatments can be completed in less than two years. Aligners are removed for eating, brushing and flossing, and they’re virtually invisible while they’re being worn.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR MY ALIGNERS?

To produce the best results in the most efficient treatment time, patients need to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. If a patient forgets or neglects to wear the aligners as instructed by their Hixson dentist, treatment will take much longer, and may even need to start over.

WHAT CAN I EAT OR DRINK WITH INVISALIGN?

Because the aligners are completely removable, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign. Chattanooga and Hixson patients simply must remove the aligners and eat and drink as usual. It is important to keep the aligners and teeth clean, so flossing and brushing after each meal, and before putting the aligners back in, is recommended.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign can be a great option for correcting lots of orthodontic problems, but it’s not always the ideal solution. Prior to treatment, a comprehensive assessment will be performed to determine if Invisalign is the best treatment option or if another type of orthodontic treatment might be a better choice.

For more information, you can visit the official Invisalign website.

Contact Your Chattanooga Dentist Today!

Whether you’re looking to transform your smile with Invisalign, or need expert dental care for your child, Chattanooga Dental Studio is here to provide the high-quality service you expect and deserve. We proudly serve patients throughout Hixson, Ooltewah, Chattanooga, and the surrounding areas, so appointments are always convenient and close by. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started toward optimal dental health. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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