If a patient has crooked or crowded teeth, Dr. Robert H. Watson may recommend Invisalign® in Charlotte, North Carolina. Invisalign is the leading brand in clear aligners, which are custom-made trays that are worn over the teeth to straighten them over time. These trays are tight fitting and made of comfortable plastic. About every two weeks, our dentist will supply you with a new set of aligners so your teeth can continue to move towards their ideal positions.
If you are a candidate for Invisalign, our dentist will take X-rays, pictures, and digital impressions of your teeth so a 3D image of your smile can be created. Our dentist will use the 3D image to create your exact treatment plan. This will include the exact movements of your teeth and the approximate length of your treatment. For adults, Invisalign usually takes about a year and for teens, treatment time is similar to that of traditional braces. Using your treatment plan as a guide, a series of clear aligners are made for your specific case. The aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that will not irritate your gums and cheeks. Wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, removing them to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. About every two weeks, our dentist will provide you with the next set of aligners, which will advance you to the next step of treatment.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.