Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign in State College
A straighter, healthier smile isn’t just for teens any more. Adults who want to maintain a professional image, students who are too busy to consistently make orthodontist appointments, and patients with metal allergies, are all less-than-ideal candidates for traditional braces. Luckily, Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, and his State College dental team have a comfortable, cosmetic alternative - Invisalign clear braces. We offer a wide range of flawless cosmetic dentistry services including orthodontic correction with the Invisalign alignment tray system. Clear plastic aligners invisibly place pressure on teeth to shift them into their ideal position with just about a year of treatment.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to shift teeth into position over the course of treatment. Each set of aligners is crafted to represent the placement of the bite one step closer to the desired end result. Patients wear their alignment trays for about two weeks. During this time, gentle pressure is applied, shifting teeth to this new position. Then, patients simply exchange their current set of aligners for the next in the series. Every six weeks to two months, patients will need to visit our State College dental team, so we can check their progress. If necessary, the dentist makes adjustments either to the length of wear time or to the upcoming sets of alignment trays if patients need to get back on track.
Following treatment, patients will likely still need to wear a retainer for about a year. This is essential. During orthodontic treatment of any kind, the supportive alveolar bone is broken down, allowing teeth to shift. Once teeth have reached their ideal positioning, a retainer holds them in place as the teeth reset, fusing with the supportive bone structure. Once this process is complete, teeth are repositioned into their ideal alignment, and patients share happy, healthy, perfectly straight smiles for life.
Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics
The benefits of Invisalign orthodontics are endless. Contact Dr. Labosky to schedule an Invisalign consultation, and our caring dentistry team will walk you through all the reasons Invisalign is changing the way patients straighten their teeth. Patients tell us they choose Invisalign clear braces because they are:
- Time saving - throughout the course of treatment, Invisalign patients will need fewer appointments to check progress. These checkup visits are also much shorter than visiting an orthodontist for bracket and wire adjustment appointments. Additionally, the entire course of treatment takes between eight and eighteen months on average, which is significantly less than traditional bracket and wire braces.
- Removable - Invisalign trays are easily removed, so there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine. Simply take your Invisalign tray during meals and while you brush and floss. Then, snap them back in place to continue your progress.
- Comfortable - compared with bracket and wire braces that can irritate soft tissue, cause tooth sensitivity, and be very painful to adjust, the Invisalign system is dramatically more comfortable. Even patients with metal allergies and sensitivities can painlessly straighten their smiles with Invisalign.
- Cosmetically superior - because Invisalign trays are clear, no one but you and your dentist ever have to know you’re completing orthodontic treatment. All anyone else will ever see is your beautiful smile. This makes Invisalign great for those patients who are concerned about maintaining a polished, professional image.