Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth. They are designed for adult teeth and are an excellent alternative to traditional braces. They can correct a variety of malocclusions including crooked teeth, overcrowded or misaligned teeth and even an open bite. The clear aligners are virtually invisible and can be easily removed for eating, brushing and flossing. The treatment takes a little longer than traditional braces, but you will see results much faster.
A patient’s individualized Invisalign treatment plan is created using a invisalign safety bay 3D computer simulation of their mouth and the movements of the teeth. This information is sent to the lab, where the custom Invisalign trays are made. The trays are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and are switched out every two weeks for the next set in the series. While wearing the aligners, you must continue to brush and floss your teeth as well as rinse them with water to prevent staining.
The aligners are made of a medical grade thermoplastic material. They contain no Bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalate plasticizers. The material is also resistant to abrasions and is hygienic, so they can be easily cleaned. The clear, durable resin is hypoallergenic and has passed all regulatory tests for wear in the oral cavity. Invisalign is the perfect solution for patients who want a more comfortable and discreet way to straighten their teeth.
The iTero Element scanner is used to scan the patient’s smile in minutes and create a digital model. This model allows the dentist to see the teeth in real time and determine how they will move with the Invisalign treatment. It can also show if the alignment is likely to cause malocclusions, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite.
Invisalign trays are made of medical-grade, BPA-free plastic. These trays are clear so they won’t be noticeable when worn. They are removable for meals and snacks, but must be replaced immediately afterward to avoid food debris stuck in the trays. Invisalign trays should be worn 22 to 24 hours a day except when they are being removed or being brushed.
Attachments are small, round bumps that are placed on specific teeth during the Invisalign treatment process. They make it easier for the aligners to grip the teeth and apply pressure. Although not necessary for everyone, they can help improve some of the more difficult orthodontic cases. During your initial consultation, we will determine if you need attachments and will recommend them if they are appropriate for your case.