What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear appliances that look and feel similar to bleaching trays. Each aligner is worn for approximately one week and slowly moves teeth. Teeth are eventually positioned into their appropriate position as planned per stage. It is extremely convenient due to the fact that we give you multiple aligners each visit, so rather than coming in to the office every four to six weeks, your visit can be extended into every other month intervals or more.
Patients who use Invisalign experience several advantages over traditional braces such as:
- Freedom to eat and drink what you choose
- Virtually invisible
- Proper oral hygiene without the hindrance of an orthodontic wire.
- Less frequent office visits
- Often more comfortable, without metal wires or brackets
- Added benefit of being able to whiten your teeth during treatment with the dental trays.
- Ability to remove aligners for special occasions if necessary.
- Less cavities post treatment
- Fewer orthodontic visits for those with busy schedules.
- No poking wires or brackets so no need for wax!- soft tissues are rarely affected by the aligners.
- Wear your aligner at all times, except when eating or brushing
- Keep aligners in their case anytime it is not in your mouth (Not in a napkin)
- Clean the aligner daily with toothpaste and toothbrush. You may also use a denture cleaner to clean aligners.
- Keep aligners away from hot temperatures including hot water, car dashboards, the washing machine, etc.
- Practice speaking whenever you change aligners, as it may take a few days to adjust.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Orthodontics generally does not cause pain, however many patients may experience temporary discomfort the first few days after a new aligner is fitted. This is due to minor movements and bone regrowth around the teeth.
Does Invisalign Work?
Absolutely! If the patient is willing to wear the aligners, invisalign does all the work for you! However, it is important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable provider, because invisalign requires a great deal of knowledge regarding the biology behind tooth movement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign works best for people with mild to moderate crowding or spacing, and relatively well aligned jaws. Large skeletal discrepancies, such as sever overbites, underbites, or open bites should be treated with a combination of other appliances. We are happy to assess, and provide you with the best treatment plan for your particular smile goals.
No more goop, gagging, or discomfort. Using an iTero scanner, your orthodontist can take a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth and jaw. The new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions, where the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, broken, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.
How Does it Work?
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once an orthodontist begins the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary.
Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as two to three minutes, the laser renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures.
Through digital software, you’ll then be able to follow the progress of the scans, including a 3D model of your teeth on our computer screen. Though we do still take some alignate impressions, the iTero scanner can be used for any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign®.
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We utilize the latest technology in our practice to make treatment more comfortable and efficient. Our goal is to deliver the best quality of care in the shortest amount of time. We also utilize a revolutionary digital scanner to eliminate the unpleasant goopy impressions for braces and Invisalign. We use the latest in digital charting and record keeping, which allows us to analyze your treatment in every detail. Along with this, our digital radiographs and 3D models offer state-of-the-art imagery to both analyze and monitor your treatment from start to finish.