Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment that creates a perfect smile without the need for metal brackets or wires. The Invisalign aligner trays are practically invisible. They’re made of clear, medical-grade plastic that gently changes the position of teeth over time. Though the final outcome is often dramatic, the Invisalign system itself is subtle and hardly noticeable.
Before treatment begins, our orthodontist, Dr. Fedora Katz must complete a free consultation session with you to carefully evaluate your teeth and develop a treatment plan. The Invisalign system is not appropriate for every patient, but only an orthodontist can decide who’s a good candidate for this type of treatment and who’s not. If the orthodontist determines that you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign, impressions of the teeth are taken along with photographs to create uniquely-designed, custom-made aligner trays.
Using the dental impressions and photographs of the teeth, Dr. Katz will create a virtual treatment plan that will include a succession of aligner trays that will each move your teeth just a fraction of a millimeter to their final position. The whole process usually takes between 12 and 18 months to complete, but as with all orthodontic treatments, the treatment time varies from patient-to-patient. Treatment times may be extended, for example, if patients wear the treatment trays for less than 20 to 22 hours per day. During the initial free consultation, the orthodontist will provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment is expected to take.
With Invisalign, your teeth become straighter over time. Patients come back at specified intervals (usually between 2 to 8 weeks) to receive a new set of aligner trays that help the patient continue progressing toward a perfectly aligned smile. Dr. Katz will watch the progress carefully and makes adjustments as needed to ensure that the final outcome is flawless. Appointments are painless and take very little time. Invisalign is one of the most convenient teeth straightening treatments available today!
Benefits of Invisalign
Patients who use Invisalign to straighten their teeth do so because this treatment comes with a lot of important benefits. Some of these benefits are small, but others are quite significant in comparison with more traditional teeth straightening treatment like metal braces. Many patients who would have never considered orthodontic treatment in the past, have become converts because of Invisalign!
Each aligner tray is custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth. The unique custom-design means that the trays are discreet and they don’t move around inside the mouth. The transparent plastic ensures no one can see them. The snug fit means that the trays won’t affect the patient’s speech and because the aligner trays are removable, patients can continue to eat the foods they’ve always loved. Invisalign trays can be removed whenever necessary, though we recommend that patients make an effort to wear them at least 20 to 22 hours of every day.
And finally, Invisalign trays are comfortable. Most patients put in the trays and hardly notice that they’re there. In comparison, traditional braces can cause abrasions and discomfort in the mouth while the tissues adjust to the new positioning of the wires and brackets after every orthodontic appointment. The smooth plastic used to create the Invisalign trays doesn’t hurt the mouth tissues. And appointments for tray changes happen less frequently and are significantly less involved than what’s required for traditional braces which means patients save time and energy for other pursuits in their busy lives.
If you think Invisalign Clear Aligners is the right teeth straightening treatment for you call Silver Lake Orthodontics today and schedule your free consultation with Dr. Fedora Katz.