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Colorado Springs InvisalignThe popular Invisalign method to straighten teeth offers a comfortable and discreet alternative to the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Invisalign, also called invisible braces, uses a series of custom-made clear “aligners” or trays that are worn over teeth, gently shifting them into place. About every two weeks you “graduate” to a new aligner, moving through a series of trays that nudge your teeth into proper alignment.

Each aligner is custom made for your mouth out of smooth, BPA-free plastic. They fit inconspicuously over your teeth and are virtually invisible.

If the look and discomfort of metal braces has caused you to avoid correcting your teeth, contact Dr. Matthew Gaworski in Colorado Springs to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. He is skilled in orthodontics and can quickly determine the right treatment for you.  

Invisalign Process

Here is an overview of the streamlined Invisalign treatment:

Consultation

Your first step is a consultation to determine if Invisalign is your best option. Invisalign can solve many orthodontic issues, but in some cases it is not ideal. We will discuss what treatment is best for you and answer your questions.

Creating a 3-D Image of Your Teeth

At this visit, Dr. Gaworski will take X-rays, impressions, and photographs of your teeth to create a digital 3-D image. This representation will be used to map out the treatment, plotting the exact movements of your teeth at each stage. We will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move.

Getting Your Aligners

At your next visit, you will receive your first aligners, the custom-made forms that fit over your teeth. Being plastic, the aligners are smooth and comfortable. They won’t irritate your mouth like metal braces can. As you wear the aligners, they gradually shift your teeth into place. You will wear them all day, removing them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth.

Advancing Through the Stages

About every two weeks you will graduate to a new set of aligners. About every six weeks you will return to see Dr. Gaworski so that he can monitor your progress. The more you wear your aligners the more progress you will make. Typically, this means wearing them about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Final Stage

After wearing the final aligner, you will have a consultation to ensure your teeth have moved to the correct positions. If any teeth are still out of alignment, additional impressions will be made to create “refinement trays” that will ensure each tooth is moved to the correct position. Each patient is unique, but it generally takes about a year to complete the treatment.

Things to Consider

Invisalign is ideal for overcoming an unattractive smile, but alignment problems go beyond vanity issues. Overcrowded and crooked teeth can eventually cause problems for the teeth, gums, and jaw.  

Dr. Gaworski can assess your alignment problems and determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, or suggest other methods appropriate for your situation. Please call today for an appointment.

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