Do you want to straighten your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile without metal braces? Invisalign® is a modern, innovative way to straighten teeth using a clear aligner system as an alternative to metal wires or brackets. Over time, the aligners shift your teeth to meet your dental health needs and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Invisalign is often the perfect solution for adults needing treatment for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, including orthodontic relapse. Dr. Rita Tempel is a Gettysburg Invisalign provider and helps patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles using clear aligners. Invisalign offers a discreet, comfortable treatment option that does not impact your ability to enjoy your favorite foods and interact without feeling self-conscious about wearing braces. What could Invisalign do for your smile?
Invisalign Treatment in Gettysburg, PA
We take x-rays to plan Invisalign treatment accurately. These x-rays allow us to view the bone and root structure. Then, we take dental impressions to create personalized trays. Next, we send these dental impressions to a dental lab, where they create the Invisalign aligners. Once the aligners are complete, we ensure that the first pair fits patients precisely.
Patients must wear their trays for 22 hours daily, even when asleep. To clean their aligners, patients must remove the trays and gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Every six weeks at routine visits, we will offer replacement aligners and give recommendations to keep patients on track.
Discover more about Invisalign with answers to questions that patients commonly ask:
How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces?
Metal braces use wires and brackets that place pressure on the teeth to move them into a better position. Patients with multiple moderate to severe orthodontic problems benefit from metal braces. Braces are best for patients with an overbite, crossbite, underbite, or large gaps between teeth. Patients who wear braces need to avoid sticky, hard, and crunchy foods that can damage their orthodontic appliance. Braces patients must also visit an orthodontist for wire replacements and new bracket rubber bands. Sometimes new wires can poke and irritate the gums.
Invisalign aligners are easily removable so patients can eat, brush, and floss without restrictions. Teenagers and adults with mild or moderate orthodontic issues benefit from Invisalign treatment. We will recommend regular visits for Invisalign every six weeks, though patients will feel minimal pain or soreness at these visits. Our team will provide patients with their new aligners at these visits.
How long is Invisalign treatment?
Although every patient’s treatment time will vary, Invisalign can take 6 to 18 months for routine cases. Patients who wear their aligners at least 22 hours a day and adequately care for them are more likely to complete treatment on time. Additionally, patients will switch out each pair of aligners every two weeks.
Can I drink water with Invisalign?
Yes, patients can wear Invisalign when they drink water. However, patients need to remove their aligners when they eat or drink anything other than water. Juice, soda, and other drinks can still stain or damage the Invisalign aligners.
Do I have to wear a retainer after treatment?
Yes, the ongoing use of a retainer will keep your teeth in position and avoid orthodontic relapse. Dr. Tempel will discuss retainer use for the initial few months after treatment and moving forward. A retainer protects not only your new smile but also the investment you have made in achieving it.
Straighten Your Smile
Do you want a straighter and more balanced smile? Try Invisalign. Request a dental appointment at Gettysburg Smiles online or call (717) 853-1552. Let us know if you have questions or concerns for us, and we will help you at your next dental visit.