Invisalign

Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. And since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.

If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other works as effortlessly as the Invisalign system.

Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life. Check out the benefits below:

1. Customized: Your doctor will take precise impressions and customize your aligners for your teeth.
2. Effective: Even before your Invisalign treatment is finished, your teeth alignment will improve and you”ll begin enjoying the benefits of a better smile.
3. Removability: You can remove Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss or special occasions.
4. Comfort: With Invisalign, the edges are smooth so they won’t irritate your gums or cheeks.
5. Clarity: Invisalign is virtually invisible so hardly anyone will even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Will it work for me?

Not only is Invisalign versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, but it really works. And there are over half a million smiles to back that up. But a confident smile isn’t the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made Invisalign aligners—your health can be positively impacted as well. Learn more about several common issues below that an experienced Inviaslign doctor can work with you to correct.

Overly crowded teeth: This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.

Widely spaced teeth: This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.

Crossbite: This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.

Overbite: What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.

Underbite: This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. I can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

An Invisalign doctor will work with you to create a custom-designed program that will treat your specific dental or orthodontic issue(s). Your treatment program will consist of a full set of aligners, made for you, and only you.

How does it work?

So what happens when you decide Invisalign is for you? Simply visit an Invisalign-trained doctor for a consultation to discuss the goals you have for your smile. Once your doctor determines that Invisalign is right for you, he or she will write up a detailed treatment plan, and a set of virtually invisible aligners will then be sent to your doctor. Your Invisalign system may look like a simple piece of plastic, but it’s much more. With advanced technology, your Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, and only you. Over time, your teeth should move to reveal the smile you’ve been looking for. So take a look at the steps you and your doctor will take to get you to a brand-new smile.

Invisalign vs. metal braces

Before and after comparison:

Invisalign has helped thousands of people with many different dental or orthodontic issues. Take a look at some specific issues, how they were fixed, and how long the treatment lasted.

Crowding: This 27-year-old female was unhappy that her upper and lower jaws seemed to be misaligned. This caused her upper teeth to bite on the inside of her lower teeth, and she could tell it was causing excessive wear. Her doctors told her this issue could also cause gum disease and bone loss. Her Invisalign treatment lasted approximately nine months.

Spacing:

This 56-year-old male was concerned that his teeth were abnormally spaced and very far apart. His doctor told him that while this might just seem unattractive, spacing issues in teeth can also cause some periodontal diseases. His Invisalign treatment lasted approximately 10 months.

Crossbite:

This 26-year-old female believed there wasn’t enough room within her jaw for all of her teeth to fit normally. Her doctor told her that when left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in the chances of gum disease and can prevent the normal function of teeth. She was treated with Invisalign over the course of approximately 10 months.

Overbite:

This 26-year-old female believed there wasn’t enough room within her jaw for all of her teeth to fit normally. Her doctor told her that when left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in the chances of gum disease and can prevent the normal function of teeth. She was treated with Invisalign over the course of approximately 10 months.

What about veneers?

While veneers aren’t a direct comparison to the Invisalign system, they can still address some of the same cosmetic problems. But getting veneers is considered more of a quick fix than Invisalign, and they have some distinct drawbacks. When you decide on veneers, the entire front surface of the tooth enamel is permanently removed. Then the veneer, a thin piece of specially-snapped porcelain or plastic, is glued over the front of your teeth. This is an irreversible procedure, since the tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneer.

Another problem with veneers is that they are not a permanent solution. They can chip or break, requiring you to replace them on an individual basis, which can get pricey. Even if they don’t chip or break, over time they will come off. Veneers tend to last about 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality of the veneers purchased. Since your tooth enamel has been removed, most patients have no choice but to replace their veneers, incurring the same high costs every time they have to get a new set.

Last, but perhaps most important, because veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, they don’t correct health problems of your teeth. Instead of straightening teeth as Invisalign does, a veneer simply covers up imperfections.

Invisalign offers you beautiful, healthy teeth – it’s a solution worth smiling about!

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