Are you unhappy with crooked or crowded teeth but cannot imagine
yourself wearing traditional metal braces? We can help! With
Invisalign clear braces in Louetta from The Castleberry Center, you can
discreetly achieve the beautiful straight smile of your dreams!
Whether you work in an office and do not want to compromise your
professional appearance or you are headed to college this fall and
want to make the right first impression on your new friends,
Invisalign may be the perfect
cosmetic dentistry solution for
you. Talk to Dr. Castleberry today to get started!
How Invisalign Straightens Teeth
Invisalign clear braces use a series of thin, plastic aligners to slowly
shift teeth into the desired position. Each new set of aligners is custom
designed by a dentist to fit comfortably in your mouth and apply just the
right amount of pressure to gradually straighten crooked, misaligned or
Unlike traditional braces that rely on unsightly metal brackets and wires,
the transparent Invisalign aligners are so discreet that your friends,
family and coworkers will likely not even notice when you are wearing them
– they will only see your beautiful smile!
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Each person’s smile is unique, which means the length of Invisalign
treatment can vary from patient to patient. However, in general, most
patients complete Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months –
considerably less time compared to traditional metal braces!
To help straighten your smile on schedule, be sure to wear your Invisalign
aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, or as directed by Dr. Castleberry. While
your aligners can easily be taken out to eat or brush your teeth, make sure
to pop them back in as soon as you are done!
In addition, cavities and other dental problems can interrupt your
Invisalign treatment, so be sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing
twice a day and flossing daily.
The Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign near Louetta Road offers a range of benefits compared to conventional
braces, such as:
Discreet Appearance – The transparent plastic
aligners are virtually invisible when being worn.
Greater Comfort – Metal braces can sometimes
irritate the inner cheeks and gums. In contrast, smooth, plastic aligners
are designed for your comfort!
Removable – You can easily remove your Invisalign
aligners to eat meals, enjoy a drink after work with friends, and brush
your teeth normally.
Convenience Factor – You do not have to worry about
Invisalign treatment interrupting your busy schedule. Patients typically
must see a dentist only once every 4 to 6 weeks during treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is an excellent cosmetic solution for most adult men and women
who want a straighter smile. While some serious dental issues – like
severely rotated teeth – are best treated with more traditional
orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is perfectly suited to address a wide
range of common dental imperfections, such as:
Mild overbites or underbites
If you want to know if Invisalign clear braces are right for you, schedule a
visit at our conveniently located dental office near Vintage Park with Dr. Castleberry. He will
be happy to discuss your smile goals and help determine the best path
forward to achieving the beautiful, straight smile you deserve.
Want to learn more about Invisalign before your consultation with Dr. Castleberry? Good news: we’ve dedicated this
whole next section to FAQs! That way, you can get the answers to popular questions we hear from our patients,
including “Does Invisalign hurt?” and “How do you clean the aligners?” Of course, if you can’t find the answer
you’re looking for, you’re more than welcome to get in touch with our team directly as well.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Let’s start with one of the most common questions patients considering Invisalign have: does it hurt? If this has been a concern of yours, don’t worry – clear aligners are quite comfortable! They are custom-made from smooth plastic, and there aren’t any brackets or wires to worry about. So, while you will likely experience some soreness from your teeth being guided into their new and improved positions, you can have peace of mind knowing Invisalign is significantly more comfortable than braces. Plus, measures like sipping on cold water and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help minimize any soreness you do experience.
How Do I Clean My Invisalign?
Fortunately, cleaning your Invisalign aligners doesn’t require any special products or techniques. Simply rinse your trays with clean water and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub each surface. Then, rinse them off again and put them back in your mouth!
Note: if your aligners are beginning to discolor, do not soak them in mouthwash or harsh cleaners like bleach. This can warp their shape, rendering them virtually useless. Instead, use the cleaning crystals that came in your Invisalign welcome kit to provide them with a deeper clean!
What Happens After Invisalign?
Invisalign can guide your teeth into their straight, properly aligned positions. To keep them there, you need to wear a retainer. Although the exact wear time will depend on your unique dental needs, it is recommended across the board that patients make wearing theirs a life-long best practice. That way, your teeth don’t drift out of place in the short or long term.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
You can’t eat with your aligners in, but you can eat whatever you’d like once they are out! Of course, it’s still a good idea to exercise caution with hard, crunchy, and sticky foods since they can result in a dental emergency if you aren’t careful. Foods and drinks with added sugar should also be kept to a minimum to avoid the development of tooth decay (which can significantly delay your treatment plan). In short, do your best to eat plenty of smile-friendly foods to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?
Many patients have heard the rumor that Invisalign gives you a lisp. We’re here to assure you that’s not the case. First, the large majority of patients don’t report any difficulty speaking with their clear aligners. Second, the patients that do experience a slight learning curve should know that it’s temporary. Plus, you can speed up the adjustment process by taking proactive measures, like reading aloud.