Patients considering an alternative to braces are encouraged to ask our team about Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of aligners that are custom-made to shift teeth into better alignment. You can now straighten your teeth without others knowing that you are doing so!
Treatment includes aligners that are worn and replaced every two weeks. The gradual shift allows for patients to achieve their desired results in a more discreet manner.
The process starts with impressions of the smile used to create the Invisalign aligner trays. These are customized to your smile. The aligners are removable, so they can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, floss, or for special occasions. They are made of clear plastic so they are indistinguishable from the natural smile. The edges of the aligner trays are smooth so they are comfortable to wear and will eliminate irritation of the gums often seen with traditional metal bracket and wire braces.
During the first visit, patients will work with their dentist to determine if Invisalign is right for them. Patients with mild to moderate misalignment are best suited for this method of orthodontia. Impressions are made of the teeth and pictures are taken. They are turned into a 3-D image for the computer and the movement of the teeth is determined. Patients get to see a virtual representation of what their teeth will look like after using Invisalign. The aligners are created at the Invisalign laboratories and should be worn as directed to see the results desired. A timeline is determined by you and the dentist, and occasion check-ups are scheduled to monitor results.
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