All about Invisalign ® Clear Orthodontics
The Invisalign® system is a clear orthodontic system that moves your teeth into alignment by using clear, custom-designed trays and the latest the latest 3D computer technology. These clear trays are called aligners and patients wear them for approximately 22-23 hours every day. You can even remove them to eat meals and to brush and floss your teeth.
What Benefits Does Invisalign Orthodontics Offer?
Invisalign benefits include:
When your teeth are properly aligned they are easier to clean and less plaque builds up compared to misaligned teeth. In addition to healthier gums, properly aligned teeth put less stress on the TMJ joint while biting. Invisalign can improve speech because certain sounds are easier to achieve when your teeth are properly aligned and positioned. Another benefit of Invisalign is that your teeth become more evenly leveled between the upper and lower jaws resulting in a more even distribution of biting forces and less grinding away of enamel.
Most but not all patients qualify for Invisalign. Certain factors, such as age, and the severity of your case will affect your eligibility for undergoing treatment with Invisalign.
One of the first questions asked by people interested in inconspicuous smile correction. Invisalign works well for both teens and adults. To see if you qualify, talk to Dr. Kim or take the free Smile Assessment offered by Invisalign.
Teens enjoy Invisalign because they can improve their smile without embarrassing metal braces or changing how they eat. Parents can rest easy knowing Invisalign makes maintaining good oral hygiene easier. Each aligner will also come with a blue dot on the end. If the aligner is being worn properly, the dot will wear away. This allows parents to monitor their teens and make sure they are wearing the aligners. Parents have also heard the horror stories of aligners and retainers ending up in the trash at the school cafeteria. We understand accidents happen, which is why Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners.
The cost of Invisalign will depend on a number of variables, such as the length of treatment time, and the severity of misalignment. However, since Invisalign requires fewer office visits and no adjustments, patients can end up saving when compared to traditional braces. For more information on costs, contact 123 Dental Group.
Yes. Each aligner will be custom-made using impressions, photographs, and 3D computer images. As a result, your plastic aligners are comfortable. Patients using Invisalign report a reduction in the gum and cheek irritation often experienced with metal braces.
No. The aligners can be removed before meals, so you don’t need to alter your diet or avoid certain foods.
For adults, the aligners typically need to be worn for up to a year. Teens may require up to 18 months of treatment.
Invisalign gradually and gently repositions your teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners. These plastic trays are custom-made using photographs, impressions, and innovative 3D computer imagery. The aligners are worn daily for the amount of time recommended by your dentist. In most cases, you will wear the aligners between 20 and 22 hours a day. Approximately every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set of aligners. About every six weeks, you will meet with Dr. Kim so he can evaluate the progress of your treatment. In total, the treatment period lasts around a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens.
One of the most obvious advantages of Invisalign is improved esthetics. Unlike metal braces, your aligners will remain practically invisible. The aligners will also be comfortable. When wearing traditional orthodontics, many people report gum and cheek irritation. Since the Invisalign trays will be made to fit your smile using plastic, you will experience less discomfort.
With braces, you will typically need to avoid certain foods. Sticky foods may become stuck in your braces and hard foods can actually damage your orthodontics. With Invisalign, your aligners can be removed before each meal. Removable aligners also makes brushing and flossing your teeth easier, improving your oral hygiene and decreasing the risk of teeth stains.
Finally, seeing Dr. Kim once every six weeks will reduce the strain on your already hectic schedule. This saves our patients both time and money.