Invisalign® (Orthodontics)

One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metal brackets on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system which straightens teeth predictably and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The trays are checked every several weeks for fit of the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of patients report their satisfaction with their amazing results from the Invisalign® treatment.
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is the Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.

Here are some problems commonly corrected with Invisalign®:
  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
  • Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?

Invisalign® trays and dental veneers are different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when considering which treatment will be best, and each of these options are indicated in certain situations.
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces because the aligning trays are fully removable. This means more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign® is less invasive to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers permanently affixed to the teeth in their current position. Teeth must be slightly shaved down beforehand, meaning to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. Veneers can be a large investment, but can often last for years.
In some cases, it is best when Invisalign is done in coordination with crowns or veneers. Invisalign is done first to stabilize the bite and straighten the teeth. This leaves the teeth in the ideal position for cosmetic veneers or crowns to get a perfect white smile. Here are some examples of patient’s we have used Invisalign, in-office whitening and custom crowns to achieve their ideal smile.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, a 3D scan is taken of the entire mouth and a consult is done with the dentist. A virtual simulation is done showing the potential before and after results of how Invisalign could align the teeth, correct the bite and improve the esthetics of your teeth. Once all of the patient’s questions are answered an initial treatment plan is created by the dentist and Invisalign technicians creating a “clin-check”. In addition to the 3D scan, photos, full mouth series of x-rays, Panoramic and Cephalometric x-rays are needed. All of this imaging allows Invisalign® and the dentist to create a plan with custom trays to achieve the desired results.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to. The trays should be worn constantly (about 22 hours per day), except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the teeth causing tooth decay and the trays may become stained.
Typically, a new tray is used every 7 days and progress at the dentist office is evaluated every 6-8 weeks. Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please ask your dentist.