Are you dissatisfied with your smile? Do you have crowded or crooked teeth and are embarrassed to smile? Have you thought about braces, but hate the idea of wearing metal braces? You have a choice and you may want to consider the Invisalign® System.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system that consists of a series of clear, thin, custom made aligners that fit over your teeth and areas used to slowly straighten them. It is an effective alternative to metal braces when used in appropriate cases. The benefits of this system is to greatly improve appearance and comfort with very controlled tooth movements. Invisalign custom aligners are removed during eating and when brushing and flossing. For effective results, they should be worn 22 hours a day, so your compliance is essential! In addition, an extra benefit of this system is that it can reduce the risk of both cavities and gum disease when compared to traditional braces due to ease of access to your gums and teeth during home care.
How does Invisalign work?
To start the process you should schedule an appointment with us to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. The proper candidate for this system would be an adult who has small to moderate spacing or crowding of his or her teeth, or a teenager with all of their permanent teeth, excluding wisdom teeth. After the first evaluation and a smile analysis, we will inform the patient whether he or she will benefit from the Invisalign treatment. Following approval of treatment, impressions (molds) of your teeth are taken and then Dr. Nelson writes a detailed set of instructions to be sent to Invisalign.
During the process of planning, the lab will send us a preliminary computerized preview or prototype of how the appliances will straighten your teeth. Dr. Nelson and the lab will use this information to design a series of clear aligners. On average, it takes about 12 to 48 aligners to achieve the required and desired results. One visit every six weeks is required as part of treatment, on this visit Dr. Nelson may need to reshape certain teeth and make sure the aligners fit properly. Gum health will also be evaluated to assure that proper home care is being followed.
Some patients are not initially good candidates for the Invisalign clear braces. In this case, the patient may benefit from starting treatment with metal or ceramic braces for several months, then transition over to the more comfortable and appealing Invisalign System.
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