Invisalign® is a method of straightening teeth using a series of clear, almost invisible, removable Aligners. Invisalign® combines the doctor’s clinical treatment plan with proprietary 3-D, computer-generated software to make these sets of unique, custom-made Aligners that move teeth in very precise increments.
During your initial visit, our orthodontist can determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment with Invisalign®. The most obvious advantage of the treatment is cosmetic: the aligners are completely transparent, therefore far more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces. This makes the method particularly popular among people who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces.
Invisalign® effectively straightens teeth. It's designed to custom-fit your teeth and go with your lifestyle. You also should know Invisalign® aligners are comfortable and smooth, and it's easy for you to keep doing the things you want, like sports or play the music instruments!
Clinically, aligners avoid many of the side effects of traditional fixed appliances, for example the effects on the gums and supporting tissues. The orthodontic treatment with traditional braces will cause demineralization occurs in up to 50% of patients because (unlike Invisalign) they cannot be removed for eating and cleaning. Patients "graduate" to a new set of aligners in their treatment series approximately every two weeks. The aligners give less force per week and less pain than do fixed appliances (traditional metal braces).
Aligners should be removed to eat, drink, to clean the teeth, or to have them checked by the clinician. Because patients are able to remove the aligners, there are no restrictions on foods that could damage the appliances.
Like traditional fixed braces, they are largely dependent on a patient's habits and their cooperation. The success of the Invisalign® aligners is based on a patient's commitment to wear the aligners for a minimum of 20–22 hours per day, only removing them when they are eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth.
Invisalign® isn’t the only innovation in dental and orthodontic practices today. Offices like ours are using digital photography, and video, chair-side electronic charting and Internet access, and a host of technology-based products to educate patients about their dentition and engage them in the treatment process.
We recently introduced the iOC intraoral scanner, a technology that will replace the traditional impression taking process. No more of the gooey impression material and no more chocking when being taken a dental impression!
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