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 Invisalign in Colorado Springs, CO

The Benefits Of Invisalign

Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to shift your teeth, rather than braces. This provides a lot of great benefits. First, the aligners are completely invisible when worn, and do not affect your speech. This means your treatment will be much more subtle, and nobody has to know you’re getting orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is also more comfortable than braces since it tends to move teeth more gradually and does not involve any metal components that could poke your mouth. It’s also very convenient since you can remove the aligners to eat and drink and to brush and floss. This means there are no dietary restrictions or difficulties cleaning your teeth. Get started by scheduling an appointment at Tuttle Family Dentistry today. We proudly serve the patrons of Colorado Springs! 

The Invisalign Process

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Initial Consultation

To begin the process, you’ll need to come to Tuttle Family Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Tuttle in Colorado Springs. Our team will take images of your mouth, perform an exam, take x-rays, and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. If you’re approved, they will take molds and impressions of your mouth and work with Invisalign to develop your treatment plan and build your first few sets of aligners, which will take a few weeks.

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Treatment Process

After a few weeks you will return to our Colorado Springs office to get your Invisalign aligners and instructions on how to wear them. Each set is typically worn for 20-22 hours per day, and you’ll switch the aligners every 2 weeks. You will also need to come in every 4-6 weeks for a quick, 15-minute checkup and to get your next few sets of aligners. This basic process will be repeated until your treatment is complete.

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What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign Over Other Options?

The biggest advantage of Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments, such as braces, is its low profile, subtle appearance. Invisalign is totally invisible when worn. The aligners are clear and thin, and fit perfectly over your teeth, so nobody has to know that you’re correcting your smile unless you want them to know.

In contrast, braces are very obvious, and may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, particularly if you’re an older adult. If you want a more subtle way to correct your smile, Invisalign is a good choice.

Invisalign is also more comfortable than braces, since the aligners don't poke or irritate your oral tissue with spiky metal components. You can take your Invisalign aligners out to eat and drink, so there are no dietary restrictions, and they're also removable to brush and floss, which makes oral care easier to maintain throughout your treatment process.

In most cases, you’ll also save time since you’ll require fewer trips to the dentist’s office. You’ll only need a quick checkup every 4-6 weeks, and these appointments are shorter than appointments to have your braces adjusted.

For all of these reasons, Invisalign is a fantastic option for orthodontic treatment if you’re a qualified candidate. To learn more and see if you qualify for treatment with Invisalign in Colorado Springs, contact Tuttle Family Dentistry today.

Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

This depends on your oral health and the extent of your orthodontic issues. First and foremost, your mouth must be healthy and free of issues like gum disease, cavities, and infected teeth. You cannot get orthodontic treatment with these chronic oral health issues.

Invisalign is powerful, but not as versatile as traditional braces. If you have very serious issues with your teeth and jaw alignment, Invisalign may not work for you. To find out if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tuttle  today.

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Does Invisalign Change Your Face Shape?

The answer is usually “yes,” but it depends on your case. Similarly to braces, Invisalign doesn’t just change the position of your teeth. It can also correct issues with your jaw position. For example, if you have an overbite, this may make your upper jaw “hang over” your lower jaw more than it should, which can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.

Or, if you have an underbite, your lower jaw may jut out a bit more than you want it to, which may also make you feel unhappy about how you look. Invisalign can be used to treat overbites, underbites, and lots of other jaw issues.

The end result is a straight smile and a more evenly aligned jaw with a healthy bite. This doesn’t just help improve your oral health, but also your appearance and your self-confidence.