Clear Aligners: Full, Non-Metal Orthodontic Care for Adults and Teens
Many adults seek out and enjoy the benefits of an attractive smile with straight teeth. Even if treatment was started and/or completed in childhood years, many people have experienced relapse and unwanted tooth movement in the adult years.
Invisalign treatment has become a welcomed option for many adult patients to avoid the unwanted treatment of bonded braces. The former treatment of braces has been replaced with the use of clear plastic ‘aligners’ that are custom fitting over the upper and lower arches and slowly moves teeth into the desired position.
This new, high-tech treatment still requires nearly 24/7 wear of the invisible aligners but is a welcome option to the working professional or active mom. Treatment needs that are more complicated may still require the use of traditional braces, but ceramic, tooth colored braces hide the metal appearance.
At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese has treated patients in their seventies with braces or other modalities of orthodontic care, so you’re never too young to improve your life, teeth, and smile! Having treated orthodontic needs for over 30 years, Dr. Reese is experienced in all aspects and needs in order to bring about a beautiful smile that will be an asset for a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to get teeth removed or wear headgear?
There are typically few cases that would involve or necessitate the removal of permanent teeth (extractions), and very few cases in which the ‘socially awkward’ and unwanted use of headgear is needed.
What is the difference between Invisalign and braces?
We’ve written a full article on Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign.
How long will the initial process take?
After a thorough evaluation of the underlying problems, we’ll take a series of photographs of the existing smile, occlusion, tooth position, and arch shape. To compliment this, impressions of the upper and lower teeth are made to create accurate models from which measurements can be made to assess tooth position, sizes, and modifications needed. Two different low-radiation, digital x-rays are taken (a digital panoramic and a cephalometric radiograph). These reveal different aspects of the jaw and tooth development critical for assessing the individual patient needs. Dr. Reese will also perform a simple intraoral examination to assess the patient’s particular concerns, and uniqueness.
What does traditional braces or aligners like Invisalign cost?
After all this information is obtained, we will schedule a consultation appointment, where specific recommendations, concerns, and treatment modalities will be reviewed. Length of treatment time is estimated, and the cost, and financing options as well as insurance benefits are reviewed at that time.