If you are dissatisfied with your smile and have not done anything about it because you are uninterested in a mouthful of metal, Invisalign® “braces” can be a possible great alternative for you. They extinguish both the irritation of metal wires and the trouble of adjustments.
What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system uses virtually invisible aligners that straighten teeth without metal bands, brackets or wires. The custom-made trays are so inconspicuous, comfortable, and simple to remove for eating, cleaning your teeth and special occasions. The main benefit of Invisalign® teeth aligners over traditional metal braces is that they are virtually undetectable.
Invisalign® Orthodontic Technology
The latest in 3-D computer imaging is used to determine an estimated path of tooth movement for each patient for Invisalign® aligners, this customization works to straighten teeth over time. Each set of Invisalign® aligners is worn for up to two weeks, then change over to a new set.
Candidates For Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Adults and teens are able to use Invisalign® aligners to treat most common dental issues. They successfully straighten crooked teeth, eliminate crowding and closing gaps. Minor cosmetic issues and more-complex bite problems can be treated by Invisalign® aligners as well including overbites, underbites and crossbites. Patients should be 14 years of age or older and will need to come in for a consultation to determine if they are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment.
What Are The Benefits of Invisalign® Over Traditional Orthodontics?
The clear-plastic Invisalign® aligners are mostly unnoticeable. Other than the appearance benefits of Invisalign®, these aligners offer many more advantages over traditional metal braces including:
- Less expensive with Flexible-payment options
- Little to no effect on daily life as the aligners can be removed to eat and drink
- Less painful
- Flexibility because aligners are easily removable for eating and brushing
- Easier to keep teeth clean and healthy
- No dietary restrictions
- No metal or wires to aggravate the mouth
- No injury to the mouth or bracket breakage.
- No “tightening” required
Invisalign® Orthodontic Treatment Process
Before moving forward with Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Holbrook will evaluate your teeth and bite to be sure this treatment is right for you. Dr. Holbrook will then develop an appropriate treatment plan by taking x-rays, photographs and impressions your teeth.
• Creating Your Custom Invisalign® Aligners
Advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology will be used to transform the impressions of your teeth into custom-made clear and removable aligners. This imaging system allows Dr. Holbrook to see the estimated progression of your teeth over time. By doing so, you will be able to see the final results of your treatment before you get started.
• Receiving Your Invisalign® Aligners
Once the aligners are created, you will come back to our office to receive your aligners and try on the first set. Each set is worn day and night for around two weeks. These aligners should only be removed to eat, drink, and maintain dental hygiene. Appointments with Dr. Holbrook will be scheduled every four to six weeks to guarantee that treatment is progressing properly and to get the following arrangement of aligners.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
The Invisalign® system uses advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to project tooth movement in a patient’s mouth. This allows the dentist to make a progression of clear, uniquely designed aligners, likewise called repositioners, which bit by bit move the teeth in accordance with each other. A patient wears each aligner for around two weeks, at that point proceeds onward to the following set, and after that the following, until the teeth-situating objective has been met.
How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?
Normally, Invisalign® treatment takes about six months to a year altogether. You will see Dr. Holbrook every 2 to 4 weeks to evaluate progress.
Does Invisalign® Work?
Yes; Invisalign® aligners have been shown to be highly effective at straightening teeth.
Is Invisalign® Covered By Insurance?
If your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment, it may also cover Invisalign® treatment.