Invisible treatment – Invisalign has opened up yet another opportunity for straight teeth! Feel comfortable smiling while having your teeth straightened.
Is your smile holding you back? Research shows that people who smile more are more likely to be successful across many life domains than people who smile less. Having straight, healthy teeth can give you the confidence you need to show the world a big beautiful smile. And, a beautiful new smile may help open the doors to a fabulous new job, a relationship or simply a pleasant meeting. If you feel your smile is holding you back, maybe it’s time to look at what Invisalign can do for you?
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
Using space-age computer CAD-CAM technology, Invisalign creates a series of clear, comfortable aligners (pictured to the right) that gently and quickly straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
Over the past 5 years, Invisalign has proven to be an extremely effective and efficient way to help adults achieve the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
How Does Invisalign Work?
You wear each set of computer-generated comfortable aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them for meals and to brush. To get the best results, you’ll want to wear your aligners about 20-22 hours/day.
Side Benefit - Many of our patients have reported a 5-7 lb. weight loss as the result of decreased snacking throughout the day. About every 2 weeks you will switch to the next aligner in the series, as your teeth are gently moved towards the final position. You normally will come to the office for a check up and to pick up your next set of aligners about every 4-6 weeks, making this convenient for most patients’ busy schedule. Total treatment time will vary based on your teeth, but on average Invisalign treatment is 30-40% faster than traditional braces and best of all, it’s nearly invisible. Most patients time of treatment averages between 6-14 months. Some are quicker, some may be slightly longer.
• Talking to an Invisalign Provider
Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. Because you will be interacting with this doctor on a regular basis, you may even want to personally meet with a few providers in order to find one that is exactly right for you. This is an important medical and financial decision - that's why choosing the right doctor and the right treatment plan is so essential. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it's important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.
During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you're a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you. (Take the Self Assessment ahead of time to see if you might be a good candidate.) This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the treatment: costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.
• Getting Started
Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, your doctor will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
3.Getting Your Personal Custom Aligners Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're virtually invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them.
• A Simple Process—With Only Occasional Checkups
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
• Length of Time Until You Reveal Your New Smile
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won't be covered by wires and brackets, you'll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
Many people believe that Invisalign is only effective at treating minor orthodontic issues. But the fact is that our 96% patient satisfaction rate is a result of successfully treating a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth and underbites to jaw problems and tooth misalignment.
We’re also continually making new advancements in our products and treatment process for even better clinical results. Most recently, the addition of Precision Cuts allows our aligners to now accommodate the use of elastics. As a result, more severe bite issues can be corrected effectively with Invisalign.
Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, but luckily about 80% of adults can benefit from it. Here are some of the common conditions currently treated with Invisalign; if there is a specific issue that you do not see addressed here, please contact us to see if Invisalign is right for you.
This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this can also be caused by the surrounding teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
OVERLY CROWDED TEETH
This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.
This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
What people commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet". It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.
Will Invisalign® work for me?
Invisalign® can be used to successfully treat a wide range of problems, including crooked, crowded or spaced teeth. Sometimes even more complex cases – such as overbites, under-bites, and even cross-bites – can be treated. To ascertain your suitability for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®, a consultation appointment with one of our orthodontists is necessary. In cases where Invisalign® is not suitable due to the complexity of the bite, a person seeking a cosmetic orthodontic option can explore internal lingual braces.
Is the Invisalign® treatment painful?
Some people may experience minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually and thus helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. There is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. It is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and before reinserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
How often must the aligners be worn?
Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating or when brushing or flossing your teeth.
Will the aligners affect my speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in your mouth.
Chewing gum while wearing your aligners is not advised as gum can stick to the aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.
How much does Invisalign® cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign® is dependent on the complexity of your case and your course of treatment. The cost of your treatment will be determined following a consultation with one of our orthodontists. Please call us to arrange your consultation appointment.
THE ADVANTAGE OVER BRACES
While the end results may appear the same—a confident, beautiful smile—when you stop and actually compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.
*Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
*Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy.
*Lets you remove the device when you want.
*Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening.
*Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health.
*Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.
*Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks.
With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following: pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. As if that weren’t enough, there are also the personal sacrifices - popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzel, nuts, certain candies…plus apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and more.
THE ADVANTAGE OVER VENEER
Many patients have asked about the benefits of veneers when compared to Invisalign. While veneers are certainly an option for improving your smile, they only cover up certain dental imperfections, rather than correct them. This means that some existing periodontal problems could still remain. Applied to the front side of the teeth only, veneers also require the removal of the surface enamel of each tooth - an irreversible procedure. Often considered a quick fix, veneers typically need to be replaced. Heavy coffee, tea and red wine need to be avoided to prevent discoloration, and care must be taken to prevent chipping or breaking the veneer. If the veneer chipped, it need to be repaired. So while the surface look of the teeth may improve with veneers, the underlying tooth and gum problems could still exist. Main advantage of Invisalign over Veneer is the not having the biological cost especially removing a healthy tooth structure.
Of course, there’s always the option of not seeking treatment at all. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but do keep in mind that, if left untreated, many orthodontic issues can often lead to more serious dental and health issues. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of straighter teeth and a proper bite.
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