Do you want straight teeth but not a fan of braces? Invisalign may be the best option for you. It’s clear, removable, barely visible, less painful and most importantly, it works!
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is 100% customized for each individual receiving treatment. The technology involved is amazing and is considered one of the major breakthroughs in orthodontics. The first step of Invisalign treatment is a complimentary smile consultation, during which we perform a thorough exam and smile analysis. It is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign before proceeding with the treatment. Keep in mind that Invisalign is a treatment option, the success of which relies mostly on the provider and not the product itself. While it is very effective in most cases, there are certain instances in which fixed appliances (braces) may be preferred. It is our responsibility to inform you of the possible limitations of each option and to direct you towards the best treatment.
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, we scan your teeth with our iTero 3D scanner which recreates a 3D model of your teeth in a matter of minutes. Using that model, we will be able to demonstrate to you what your teeth will look like after your treatment is finished. The plan is processed through Invisalign labs and your aligners are shipped to us within a few weeks.
On your second visit, Invisalign attachments, which are small tooth-colored bumps are bonded to your teeth for best results and the first set of aligners is delivered. We usually deliver eight sets of aligners at a time and office visits are typically once every two months. Office visits are very quick; we’ll check if your teeth are moving as planned and give you the next set of aligners. So on and so forth until your treatment is finished. Once your treatment is done, attachments are removed, teeth are polished and retainers are placed.
There are different types and tiers of Invisalign, not to be confused with the less effective different clear aligner systems made in-office or by other manufacturers. Invisalign offers different tiers depending on the severity of the case being treated.
The difference between Invisalign® Express and Full is that the number is limited in the former which means that Invisalign Express is typically used for mild cases requiring minor tooth movement. It can also be used to address minor relapse cases.
Types of Invisalign Express:
- Invisalign® Express 5 (very mild cases)
- Invisalign® Express Package (relapse to mild)
- Invisalign® Express 10 (mild treatment)
Invisalign Lite Package
Invisalign® Lite package offers 14 aligners which can be used to treat mild to moderate cases.
Benefits of Invisalign® Lite:
- Less expensive than Invisalign® Full
- Offers more aligners (more correction) than Express
- Allows the use of additional aligners if necessary
Invisalign® Full is the most comprehensive and most recommended option at our office. It offers an unlimited number of aligners for best treatment results for cases requiring moderate to major correction.
Benefits of Invisalign® Full:
- Unlimited number of aligners allows major tooth movement
- Additional aligners can be ordered within a 5-year time frame which can be very helpful if there's relapse
- Better treatment outcome than Express and Lite
Invisalign® First is a new treatment option than can be used to provide two-phase orthodontic treatment for growing children.
Benefits of Invisalign® First:
- Phase I and Phase II treatment without braces
- Accounts for tooth growth
- Allows additional aligners during both phases
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