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Invisalign Charlotte NC

Invisalign An Overview

Dr. Durning Moore is a Charlotte, NC Invisalign® provider. He offers the convenience of orthodontic treatment using clear aligners that are comfortable, discreet and effective for mild to moderate concerns. Invisalign is a leading brand of invisible braces for teens and adults who can benefit from orthodontic treatment but do not want the embarrassment of wearing traditional metal braces.

Dr. Moore has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of bite problems. He often recommends Invisalign to reposition teeth and improve bite function. We can also provide alternative crooked teeth treatments for mild issues using cosmetic dentistry services.

What are the benefits associated with Invisalign?

Invisalign can offer you a range of lifestyle and treatment benefits to take into consideration:

  • Aligners are made of a unique hard-soft material that is comfortable and does not irritate the gums.
  • Removable aligners allow you to continue enjoying your normal diet and favorite foods.
  • Aligners can be removed for daily oral hygiene and routine dental care for maximum removal of bacteria and plaque that can lead to decay or tooth stains.
  • Most patients will complete treatment in 12-15 months.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Dr. Moore will meet with you and evaluate all aspects of your bite and dental health. Invisalign is best for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns or malocclusion, including adult patients experiencing relapse after previously wearing braces.

Invisalign may be recommended to treat:

  • Over bite
  • Under bite
  • Cross bite
  • Crooked teeth

If you have a more complex bite problem, we may refer you to a local orthodontist for appropriate treatment.

Invisalign treatment in Charlotte, NC

Invisalign What to Expect

The first step in the process for straightening your smile with Invisalign is a consultation and exam with Dr. Moore. During an Invisalign consult, we will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, tooth position and the function and fit of the bite.

These are all important factors in your overall dental health and will play a role in both treatment and outcome.

If Invisalign is considered right for you, Dr. Moore will discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan. The next step is to take digital impressions using a convenient handheld device- no gooey impression trays!

These are used in conjunction with the CAD/CAM software that will send your unique profile and treatment specifications to the Invisalign lab.

In a couple of weeks, your custom set of aligners will be ready and we will schedule an appointment for the placement of the first set. Dr. Moore will go over your treatment schedule, including how often to change aligners and when to come in for checkups. The length of your treatment and the number of aligners you will need is based on your cosmetic goals and severity of your dental issues.

In general, you should wear your Invisalign invisible braces for at least 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat and brush only. You will need to advance to your next set of aligners every one or two weeks.

It is recommended that all patients wear a retainer for the rest of their life after completing treatment to maintain tooth position and enjoy a long-term result.

Invisalign FAQs

Can I drink through a straw with Invisalign?

Some patients may choose to drink water through a straw while wearing Invisalign. The only drink that we know will not stain your Invisalign is water. It is important to remember not to drink soda, coffee, wine, or anything hot with your Invisalign aligner on as they can stain and alter the shape of your aligner.

Can Invisalign give you a wider smile?

Invisalign can expand patients with a narrow or small bite. Invisalign has been shown to be useful in widening a patient’s bite while at the same time correcting the alignment of their bite.

How long do you leave in Invisalign?

Patients are told to wear their Invisalign for 22 hours a day for the most effective treatment results. The only time that you should remove your Invisalign aligners is to eat, drink, or clean your aligners and teeth. The more diligent patients are with wearing their aligners, the quicker the treatment times.