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How Long Is The Invisalign Treatment

January 12th, 2022

So you’ve decided it’s time to straighten your teeth. No one should hide their smile, after all. But where do you start? You’ve heard about Invisalign and how it has become one of the most popular orthodontic solutions these days. But you still have some nagging questions that need to be answered first. Some of these being, how long do you usually have Invisalign aligners for? Will aligners do the trick? Do I wear them all day long?

Not only do aligners look more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces, often, they will also produce the desired result much sooner too. Now that’s what we call a bonus. Invisalign treatment time will depend on many different factors, but the most crucial factor is how many hours a day you end up wearing your aligners. So being strict and following your doctor’s guidance is key to keeping your treatment time on track.

While most treatment plans range from 6-18 months, metal braces average at two years. Of course, everyone’s treatment plan is unique because everyone’s teeth and alignment issues are different. For example, usually, you’ll find a teenager won’t have treatment as long as an adult does because their jaws and teeth are more responsive to pressure.

This post answers the questions: how long is a typical Invisalign treatment?, how long do you usually have Invisalign?, and why do treatment times vary so much?

How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?

Invisalign treatment allows your teeth to be gently adjusted into position by using a series of clear, custom-fit aligner trays. Your trays will need to change throughout your treatment until you have reached your desired result.

Because they are transparent, most people won’t even notice you are wearing aligners, offering a minimal impact on your day-to-day life. And if you can’t stand to wear them to an important event, just take them out. However, it’s always best to consult your doctor first.

How Long Is A Typical Invisalign Treatment?

If you’re wondering, how long is the Invisalign treatment? The length of your treatment, as with most things, will depend on many factors. How complex your case is, your goals of treatment and if you keep your aligners in for the recommended 22 hours a day for starters.

On average, comprehensive Invisalign treatment time is 12-18 months. This means regular appointments with your doctor to make sure your teeth are improving as planned. These appointments will usually include a change of aligners based on your personalized treatment plan. Sometimes they may change as often as every 4 days to weekly.

How Long Do I Have To Wear An Invisalign Aligner?

You’ve heard the number. Your aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day. That’s basically the whole day, and that means while you are sleeping too. You can, of course, take them out to eat, brush, and floss, but don’t forget to put them back in. It’s essential to get on board and wear your aligners for the 22 hours, otherwise, you will delay the date your treatment will be complete.

Why 22 hours? Aligners are more extended to put constant pressure on your teeth to slowly move them into the correct place. If you’re not wearing them, your teeth will start to shift back to their original position. So if you don’t keep them in, they won’t do their job, and your goal of having straight teeth will take longer to achieve.

What if I skip a day? It probably won’t be problematic, but if you have a special event coming up and you know you will feel more comfortable leaving your aligners at home, chat to your doctor and see what they advise.

Why Does Invisalign Treatment Length Vary So Much?

We’ve mentioned treatment time varying from between 6 and 18 months – that’s a big difference in time. Why? Ultimately, the time it takes the aligners to straighten your teeth depends on how complex your dental issues are and whether you keep them in for the recommended 22 hours a day. The variables that affect the treatment length include:

Distance to cover: How much your teeth need to move plays a role in the length of your treatment.

Bone structure: Your genetics and bone structure will determine how susceptible your teeth are to moving.

Complex issues: If you have complicated teeth issues and they need to shift a lot.

Keeping them in: Whether you wear your aligners for the recommended time each day or not.

Unwanted spacing: If your aligners are being used to close gaps and spaces of about 6mm, you’ll find a much longer treatment time is on the cards – most likely 24 months. But small gaps can take just six weeks to sort out.

Crowded teeth: Evening out mildly crowded teeth can take about 6-12 months. But severe cases won’t suit Invisalign as a treatment plan.

Remember that moving your teeth will take time, especially if you want to make it a comfortable journey. No solution will be instant, but Invisalign is one of the quickest, most comfortable and easily adjustable orthodontic options.

Please stop by Dr. Pamela Johnson's orthodontic office for a consultation and see if Invisalign treatment is right for you.

 

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Know the facts when considering orthodontic treatment as an adult

January 6th, 2022

It’s a new year, you have made your resolutions, and on the top of your list is looking (and feeling) healthy!  As a part of looking healthy and with the understanding that on-camera meetings are here to stay, you may be curious about straightening your teeth. You are not alone,  according to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adult (18 years+) patients now outweigh teens/kids in treatment.

A common misperception is that you may be too old for orthodontic treatment or your situation is too difficult to consider treatment but this is NOT the case. The deciding factor on whether a patient is a good candidate for treatment is the health of their teeth and gums NOT their age.

If the convenience of taking a selfie and receiving your orthodontic treatment by mail is attractive, you should be aware of the mail-order treatment process and the potential hidden dangers of a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.  An in-person consultation is the best way for you to get the proper diagnosis and treatment which will be customized just for you. Also, being actively monitored by Dr. Johnson throughout your treatment will help to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and you will be able to have the opportunity to have your questions answered by the treating doctor. Your health history and habits should be discussed with the doctor so that you receive the best treatment possible.

Items to think about when meeting with Dr. Johnson:

  • Fillings
  • Missing Teeth
  • Misshapen or worn teeth
  • Dental disease
  • Periodontal disease
  • Medications
  • Habits like smoking, clenching or grinding teeth, or tongue thrusting

All of these items can affect the outcome of your treatment.  Plus, for some adults to reach optimal dental health, your dentist and orthodontist will work in partnership and may need to call in other dental specialists such as oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists.

In short, NO, you are never too old for orthodontic treatment as long as you have healthy teeth and gums. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. The best way to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile at any age is to seek out a specialist with Dr. Pamela Johnson

 

https://aaoinfo.org.

Best Toothpaste for Braces (What Type Can I Use?)

December 23rd, 2021

Can I Use My Regular Toothbrush and Toothpaste with Braces?

What is the best toothpaste to use whilst wearing braces? Brushing and flossing three times per day, and after every meal flushes out all cavity-causing invaders, but brushing isn’t enough. Your choice of toothpaste is equally as important when you have a mouthful of metal. In this post, we’ll take you through what toothpaste is best when wearing braces. Firstly let’s look at what types there are.

  • Flouride
  • Tartar control
  • Whitening (DO NOT USE)
  • ADA seal of approval
  • Taste test

Flouride

Let’s look at fluoride first. As it is common and highly recommended by experts in all dental fields. Fluoride protects and strengthens the enamel surface of the tooth. Youngsters should use recommended sizes. Check the ADA website for exact amounts. This goes for those wearing braces too.

Fluoride makes tooth decay less prominent and reduces acid damage from acid erosion. This all comes from sugary foods and drinks. Fluoridated water isn’t enough, your teeth depend on direct tooth contact.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Tartar control is important and can be delivered by brushing. Tartar is hard to remove, it solidifies and is caused by plaque building up over time. This issue causes periodontal disease and decay. Tartar control toothpaste will help your teeth look the same shade after braces come off.

Ingredients like bicarbonate or potassium nitrate are added to the overprotection and removal power of toothpaste. Brushing with braces to control the above is a must as your bands and wires will not allow for full brushing movements.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is a NO-NO when wearing braces. You’ll find damage to the wires and brackets may occur. Also, when removing the braces you’ll have white spots and this will look unsightly.

American Dental Association 

The American Association is key to understanding the in and outs of toothpastes and oral health products. A brand with an (ADA) seal on its products has been tested and proven by experts. A reduction of cavities is proven when using the right type of toothpaste.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is also an important part of oral health when wearing braces. Many dentists and orthodontists recommend using mouthwash as a supplemental fluoride treatment.

The swishing allows protective element to access hard-to-clean places. This parts of the mouth missed by toothbrush or floss when restricted by wires, brackets or bands.

For example – Colgate Super Speed Listerine Cool Mint removes surface stains to kill 99% germs.

Brushing 101

Teeth are a reflection of your overall dental hygiene and should be kept clean to maintain their appearance. Start by holding the toothbrush at an angle with bristles facing up towards your nose (or brace brackets) at about a 45 degree angle.

Gently tease them between each bracket using small circular motions until you reach the bottom wire. Apply pressure along both edges’ surfaces for best results. Use a section system if you have too to keep an eye on your progress.

Interdental Brush

An interdental brush is an great brush. Reducing the amount of plaque and reaching the in-between bits of the teeth structure. These brushes are small but effective. Make sure there are plenty in your bathroom cupboard and on your person when out.

The is also a new type of cleaner in town. Waterpik makes a small jet device for blasting away unwanted visitors and nasties.

Conclusion

The above was an intro to toothpaste choice for those wearing braces. At Pamela Johnson's Orthodontic Solutions in Willowbrook, Illinois our orthodontist can oversee your treatment from start to finish. We are open for new children, teenagers, and adults to have an examination.

We will explain all in easy-to-understand formats. So you can rest assured of your treatment quality. Dr. Pamela Johnson offers expertise in all procedures. This is to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.

Be safe and have a merry Christmas/wonderful holiday season! - Dr. Johnson and staff

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Broken Brackets Don’t Know it’s a Holiday Break

December 16th, 2021

Warning! All parents, you are now officially entering the “School Break Zone.” This time of year, of course, brings family gatherings, parties, and treats! It’s hard to turn away from the sticky and chewy foods which is why Dr. Johnson wants you to be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens in your house.

Most importantly, we would like you to understand that accidents can happen during orthodontic treatment. When they do happen, it can result in a call or unplanned visit to the office – this is what you would consider an “emergency visit.”

Many times, your first reaction may be, “it’s not a big deal,” or “I’ll just wait until after the holidays to call.”  Dr. Johnson would like to remind you to make the call–don’t wait. Your orthodontist is your partner in creating a HEALTHY smile. If there is an urgent need during this time–for example if you are in pain, or an injury has occurred–our office should be notified and you should call for an emergency appointment.

In the meantime, stock up with supplies to help discomfort. Essential items to keep in your medicine cabinet are:

  • Orthodontic wax
  • Dental floss
  • Tweezers
  • Interproximal brushes
  • Topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)
  • Over the counter pain relievers (such as one taken for a headache)

Plus, a warm salt water rinse can be soothing, as well. The recommended mixture is 1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water.

Ultimately, an important part of successful orthodontic treatment is communicating with your orthodontist. If an emergency arises, it’s okay. Don’t panic. This hiccup shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan. Given the situation, Dr. Johnson and her staff will work hard to get you back on your treatment plan. Don’t forget, you play an essential role in your treatment. All you have to do is follow your orthodontist’s directions. With holiday fun on the horizon, now is the time to have a plan in place in case you eat too many bracket-breaking treats.

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