can conjure up horrifying thoughts of awkward teen years and a mouth full of metal braces and rubber bands. In reality, the field of orthodontics has come a long way toward making teeth straightening more comfortable and unobtrusive for pre-teens, teenagers and even adults. Our team of doctors are fully trained and prepared to provide our patients with a specialized type of orthodontic treatment to correct a variety of dental issues. Today’s orthodontists are much different than your parents’ orthodontist.
THE BEAUTY OF INVISALIGN™
More than one million people have used Invisalign® to straighten their teeth and improve their self-confidence. The Invisalign system is a virtually invisible treatment option that achieves the same final outcome as metal braces but without the social embarrassment, discomfort and annoyance of traditional braces. The result of Invisalign treatment is a beautiful, straight smile that can increase your personal and professional confidence level.
PROBLEMS CORRECTED BY INVISALIGN
Many people think that orthodontic work is only performed on teeth that are oddly spaced. In fact, orthodontics can help correct a variety of dental issues including:
- Crowded teeth
- Widely spaced or missing teeth
- Overbite: when the upper teeth extend over the lower teeth
- Underbite: when the lower teeth extend over the upper teeth
- Crossbite: when the upper and lower jaws are out of alignment
HOW INVISALIGN WORKS
After our orthodontists have identified you as a candidate for Invisalign, we can begin to develop a treatment plan that is custom designed just for you. Impressions of your smile are taken along with photographs that are all placed into a high-tech computer software program to turn your smile into a 3-D image. Once your exact smile is digitized, we can begin to chart exactly how and when your teeth should align throughout the treatment process, even showing you what the end result will be.
This type of two-way communication is revolutionary in the field of orthodontics, and the patients we have helped through Invisalign have been highly satisfied.
The next step in the process is to have customized clear plastic aligner trays created for each phase of the process. You will wear one set of aligner trays for two weeks, then move on to the next set of trays. The aligners gradually align the teeth into their proper position and not even your closest friends and colleagues will know.
Each aligner tray is designed to be worn throughout the day and nighttime hours, but they can be removed to eat, brush and floss.
The amount of aligner trays will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the dental issues to be corrected. Most people require 20 to 30 sets of aligners for the treatment process.