Not a Fan of Braces? Try Invisalign®!
What are the steps of Invisalign® therapy?
Once we confirm that you are a good candidate, we scan your teeth with our iTero 3D scanner which recreates a three-dimensional model of your teeth in a matter of minutes. Subsequently, we will be able to demonstrate to you what your teeth will look like after we finish your treatment. After that, our board-certified orthodontists will design a plan to achieve the best outcome possible.
On your second visit, we bond attachments, which are small tooth-colored bumps that assist in tooth movement. During treatment, we usually deliver eight sets of aligners at a time. Consequently, office visits are typically once every two months. During these visits, we will monitor your progress and confirm that your teeth are moving as planned. Subsequently, we give you the next set of aligners. Finally, once we finish treatment, we polish your teeth and place retainers to maintain the results.
Frequently asked questions about Invisalign®:
1. How does Invisalign® work?
2. Is it as effective as traditional braces?
In the vast majority of cases yes it is. However, only a rather experienced and specialized orthodontist is able to treat complex cases with Invisalign®
3. Is Invisalign® painful?
Because your teeth are moving, a little bit of discomfort or soreness is not unusual but they are less painful than traditional braces
4. How often do I switch my aligners?
Once every 7 to 14 days depending on a lot of factors. Age and type of tooth movement, for example.
5. Does this mean I have to visit the office every one to two weeks?
No! We will give you 8-12 sets of aligners on each visit. As a result, your office visits are once every 2-3 months
6. When do I take them off?
Because aligners can stain your teeth if you eat or drink while wearing them, you should remove your aligners to brush, eat or drink anything other than water
7. What if I lose them or they get damaged?
Replacement is easy and quick so this shouldn’t be a concern!
8. Do aligners stain or discolor?
During treatment, you will switch aligners every few days, as a result, aligner staining is a minor issue
9. Can it be used to treat children?
Certainly! Invisalign® can be used to treat children as young as 7 years old and is also a popular option to treat teenagers.
10. My child has an overbite. Can it be used to correct it?
Invisalign® with Mandibular Advancement is also a great option to correct bite problems
11. Are there different types or tiers of Invisalign?
Because not all cases are created equal, there are different types and tiers depending on the severity of the case being treated. Please see below for more details or book your complimentary consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Some children may benefit from splitting orthodontic treatment into two stages, often referred to as two-phase orthodontic treatment. Usually, the first stage of treatment (Phase I) traditionally utilizes metal brackets and other appliances. Likewise, Invisalign First provides an alternative to traditional treatment using clear aligners instead. Most noteworthy, the use of clear aligners in children has many advantages.
Benefits of Invisalign First:
- Aligners are probably more comfortable and easier to clean than traditional braces
- Can be used to treat a number of problems including crowding and bite problems
- No dietary restrictions
- Easier and shorter second phase of treatment
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