Invisalign® An Overview
Invisalign® is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for teens and adults with mild to moderate dental concerns. Clear aligners make your orthodontic treatment discreet, comfortable, and less disruptive to your everyday lifestyle.
Dr. O’Malley is a Greenville County Invisalign provider. He works with you on an individual basis to determine if this type of orthodontic treatment will meet your dental health needs and cosmetic goals.
Benefits of Invisalign
Treatment with Invisalign offers several benefits for patients:
- Invisible braces means no one has to know you are being treated.
- Aligners can be removed daily for oral hygiene. Enjoy your favorite foods and routine dental care. There is also a reduced risk of tooth stains from adhesives or non-removable braces.
- Clear aligners are made of a hard-soft plastic that does not irritate the gums and soft tissues in the mouth.
- Treatment can often be completed in about a year.
Invisalign® What to Expect
The Invisalign process begins with treatment planning using CAD/CAM technology. We evaluate your bite and design a new smile that will improve your oral health.
Dr. O’Malley will take digital impressions using a convenient handheld device. The digital images are viewed on a computer and used in your treatment planning to fabricate custom aligners. these aligners will gently move your teeth into the desired position.
Once your set of aligners is ready, Dr. O’Malley will show you how to place them and provide instructions for care, including when to change into a new set. Most patients will change aligners every two weeks or so, and come to our office periodically for check ups.
Treatment time and the number of aligners you will use is dependent upon your oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Average treatment time is around 12 months, but adjustments can be made to ensure the best result.
To maintain your new smile post treatment, we recommended that you wear a retainer nightly for the rest of your life. Retainers are just like the aligners – clear, comfortable and discreet.