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Invisalign in New Orleans

Canatella Dental proudly offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to discreetly correct alignment and bite issues. The clear braces use nearly invisible custom-made aligner trays to move the teeth into place for a straighter smile. Using thermoplastic material, the trays are very similar to whitening trays, which are worn over the teeth to resolve alignment and bite issues. The nearly invisible option is the preferred choice for a straighter smile due to the many benefits it offers when compared to traditional braces.

How does Invisalign Work?

We create a treatment plan based on your own needs to resolve alignment issues. After an evaluation, we design a series of aligner trays that are made to fit your teeth. Through the treatment process, you’ll change trays about every 2 weeks to advance through each tray in the treatment series. As you progress, each tray will make slight adjustments in the alignment of the teeth to move into their correct positions. When used correctly for the duration of treatment, the end result will be an amazing, straight smile to feel more confident.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign treatment provides many amazing benefits, including a nearly invisible appearance. Without the use of brackets or wires, the teeth are moved into place without any tugging or pulling so there’s less discomfort. In addition, the trays are removable, which only need to be worn for 20-22 hours per day. This makes cleaning and oral hygiene much easier, as well as eating and drinking. Not to mention, there won’t be any tooth discoloration from brackets.

The clear braces move your teeth into place quicker so there’s a shorter treatment time. Plus, you don’t need to visit the dentist as often for wire adjustments and cleaning. You can simply swap out the trays at home and care for your teeth as usual.

What is the Invisalign Treatment Process?

The treatment process for Invisalign is far less complex or invasive than that of traditional braces. After developing a custom treatment plan through an assessment, a series of custom trays will be created. You’ll use the trays for an average of 12 months. During that time, you’ll wear the trays for 20-22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

You’ll need to schedule an appointment to monitor the treatment’s progression every four to six weeks. In some cases, you may require attachments or ridges to help the aligners stay in place better. After treatment is complete, you may need to use a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving. However, not everyone will require the use of a retainer.

Invisalign treatment is the ideal option for those who want a straighter smile but don’t want to deal with the discomfort or appearance of wires and brackets. You’ll benefit from no restrictions, less discomfort, and a shorter treatment time using the invisible trays.

If you’re ready to give your smile a makeover with the clear braces, contact Canatella Dental today for a consultation.

Invisalign FAQs

digital image of a mouth with invisalignReceiving treatment with Invisalign is a great step in the right direction. Not only will you be working to enhance the aesthetic of your smile, but you’ll be improving the status of your teeth and overall bite, making it possible to enjoy a healthier smile in the long run. At Canatella Dental, we want you to feel confident and prepared before moving forward with treatment, which is why we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions for you to review. After spending some time looking over the answers, please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

What problems can be solved using Invisalign?

Invisalign is considered to be one of the most versatile orthodontic treatment solutions available. Whether you have crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, or a bite alignment issue (i.e. overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite), Invisalign clear aligners can shift and move your teeth and mouth in a way that creates a more properly aligned bite and straighter, healthier teeth.

How do I care for my aligners?

Taking care of your Invisalign aligners is easy. While you can choose to purchase the Invisalign Cleaning System, you can also opt for a simpler solution. Using a toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water, you can remove dried-on saliva and bacteria that can be easily transferred to your teeth if you’re not careful. Remember, never use hot water, as this can warp the plastic.

Am I free to eat whatever I like while wearing clear aligners?

One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is your ability to eat whatever foods you like. While receiving treatment with clear aligners, it is important that you remove them before eating or drinking. This flexibility makes it possible to enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about any of it becoming stuck.

How long will I need to wear Invisalign?

Depending on the complexity of your problem and what is required in order for you to achieve the desired results, it is estimated that you will wear your Invisalign trays for an average of 12 months. This timeframe can vary if you do not wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day.

Is Invisalign comfortable to wear?

Absolutely! Your trays will be customized to fit your smile, so you can enjoy your treatment with Invisalign. You should note that when switching out your trays for the next set in the series, you might feel some discomfort in the initial days due to your teeth shifting. An over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress can help to reduce discomfort should you feel the need to use them.

Is it possible to wear Invisalign after having traditional orthodontics?

If you wore regular metal braces as a teenager and are now an adult in need of orthodontic help, you will be happy to learn that Invisalign is possible for you. But maybe you needed traditional braces to realign your bite but want clear aligners to straighten your teeth. That is possible, too! This allows you to continue treatment without sporting a mouth full of metal the entire time.