A Simple and Discreet Alternative to Traditional Braces
Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional metal braces that is discreet and more comfortable, yet equally effective in many cases. This system is composed of clear plastic aligners, which are custom-made for your smile. For your convenience, these trays are removable, so you can enjoy your favorite foods during treatment and maintain your oral hygiene regimen. To provide his Metairie, LA. patients with the highest quality care, Dr. Gregory S. Strain works with a trusted local orthodontist who can oversee your orthodontic treatment.
In comparison to traditional metal braces, Invisalign features clear aligner trays which gradually shift your teeth into their proper position.
This treatment is clinically proven to straighten teeth in a broad range of cases, from mild misalignment to more complex issues. You may be a candidate for treatment if you have:
- Gapped Teeth
- Overbite (the upper teeth protrude too far over the lower teeth)
- Underbite (the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth)
- Open Bite (when some teeth do not make physical contact with opposing teeth)
In cases of severe misalignment, Dr. Strain may recommend metal braces. For your convenience, we also provide traditional orthodontia and other options in our office.
Your Treatment Process
In order to qualify for Invisalign, patients must be free of oral heath issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. During your consultation, we can take precise 3-D images of your teeth. We can then create a treatment plan, delineating the movement of your teeth and your expected timeline. Using these measurements, a trusted laboratory will fabricate your series of custom-made aligners.
Invisalign can straighten your smile without interrupting your life.
For best results, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours each day and graduate to your next set of aligners every two weeks. You should remove them only to eat, and to brush and floss your teeth. You should schedule check-ups every six weeks to monitor your progress.
Once your Invisalign treatment ends, we may recommend a retainer to maintain the new position of your teeth. You should follow a good oral health routine that includes brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our office to ensure your new smile remains as healthy as possible.
Many patients choose to celebrate their new smiles with teeth whitening. This treatment can complement your straight smile beautifully.
The Benefits of Treatment
Many patients choose Invisalign because this system has a minimal impact on your everyday life. The aligners are easily removable, making it simple to maintain your oral health and keep the devices clean. Since you remove the aligners when you eat, you will not have to adhere to dietary restrictions during treatment. You can expect to live your life and enjoy the activities you love with few changes.
Paying for Invisalign
Invisalign treatments carry a similar cost to braces, and are covered by some insurance plans. If your plan does not cover Invisalign, we can offer financing to help make it more affordable. Our friendly staff would be happy to address any questions you may have about the cost of treatment.
In addition to Invisalign, Dr. Strain offers ClearCorrect, another orthodontic system that relies on clear mouthpieces rather than brackets and wires. During you consultation, he can help determine which option is the best fit for your needs.
Improve Your Smile
Crooked teeth can diminish your oral health and make you feel self-conscious. However, Invisalign can straighten your smile without interrupting your life. Start planning your new smile today by contacting us online or calling our Metairie office at (504) 838-8118. At our practice, our patients are our first priority. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile you can feel proud of.