The Invisalign Story
…Invisible …Removable …Comfortable
What is Invisalign?
Aligners can help you get the great smile you’ve always wanted because they are… Invisible, so no one can tell you’re straightening your teeth. So now you can smile more during treatment as well as after.
So you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.
Because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments.
Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, aided by computer imagery, Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign has been proven effective in clinical research.
How Does Invisalign Work?
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Each set of aligners, move the teeth about 0.25 millimeters per aligner. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position. You’ll visit Dr. Fulop-Goodling about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
How Are Aligners Made?
The aligners are made through a combination of your orthodontist’s or dentist’s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology. (click here to learn more about how technology plays a vital role in the Invisalign ® process Invisalign distinct advantage to give you the great smile you have always wanted:
There are also six major factors in why oral hygiene is improved. Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when you treatment is complete.
May reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease when compared to wire braces that trap food and plaque.
Visit dentist only 1x every 6 weeks
Usually faster than conventional braces
No metal braces
In most cases the aligners are doing multiple tooth movements simultaneously. Commonly, in conventional bracketing, some movements get ignored until another movement is completed by the current mechanics
Work usually completed in 15 months conventional braces takes on the average of 2 years
Dentistry has moved beyond just treating the teeth and oral cavity. They can now give patients beautiful faces and alleviate a multitude of medical problems.
Braces for Adults
Options available: Metal braces: made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth, are the most common. Some patients may complain about discomfort from metal brackets rubbing against the skin. If you experience any pain or discomfort, ask your dentist or orthodontist for some dental wax to place over the brackets.
Clear ceramic braces: worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance. They may look better but also may break more easily than metal braces.
Invisible braces: series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces invisible, but they also are removable so they won’t trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only remove it for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for individuals with mild spacing problems
The latest reports indicate that 25% of all individuals or 1 million adults wear braces. Benefits of braces for adults: Reduce decay and gum disease due to crowding and other benefits, including:
Relieve headaches and earaches
Improve speaking, biting or chewing problems
Prevent or improve TMD troubles
How do I adjust to life with braces?
You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating at first. While wearing braces, keep your teeth and brackets clean. If you wear cemented, non-removable braces, food and plaque can get trapped between teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Plaque and sugar combine to make acid, which can cause decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay if left behind.
Which foods should I avoid?
It’s a good idea not to eat foods that can damage or dislodge braces. Hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice are off limits. Sticky foods to avoid include caramel, taffy and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.
Do I need to see my dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Remember that going to the orthodontist is not a substitute for regular dental checkups. If you’re going to invest time and financial resources in a healthy smile, be prepared to go the distance to achieve results. That means you should consult your dentist for a schedule that’s appropriate for you. No matter your age, it is never to late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile Since braces are being worn by more adults.