WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign treatment includes a series of clear, removable, custom-made appliances - called aligners - to straighten your teeth. When combined with our knowledge of the 100-year-old science of orthodontics, the aligners shift your teeth in incremental steps to the final desired position for a healthier smile.
We begin the process by taking a digital scan and creating a 3D model of your teeth. We then create a treatment plan based off the exact shape of your mouth. Invisalign then uses advanced technology to translate this digital plan into a series of customized aligners that you wear for one week at a time.
Your teeth move gradually into their new positions as you continually wear and change your aligners. Then, after approximately 12-24 months, together we have achieved a new and healthier smile.
THE INVISALIGN SYSTEM
Instead of using wires and brackets, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, customized, and removable appliances called aligners. The aligners are virtually undetectable and designed to move your teeth in small increments into the desired final position. Perfectly customized to fit your mouth, you wear each aligner for one week - only taking it out to eat, brush and floss.
Using a digital imaging scanner called iTero Element, we create a 3D image of your teeth in just a few minutes. This scan informs us of the customized shape for your aligners
Next, we use software called ClinCheck to create the digital treatment plan from your scans. We can create the entire plan - from your first set of aligners to your beautiful new smile - using this software.
Invisalign aligners are made from a material called SmartTrack. They are extremely comfortable, nearly invisible, and easy to put in and take out. The SmartTrack material has been proven to apply gentle pressure to your teeth in order to move them to the desired position.
Using Invisalign attachments called SmartForce, we are able to make complex shifts to the position of your teeth without the use of traditional braces. They are small tooth-colored pieces that attach to your teeth during treatment. Your aligners fit snugly around the Invisalign attachments and give your aligners a little something extra to gently push on. Quick Note: Attachments are not necessary in every treatment plan.
Once treatment with your aligners has finished, we then create a retainer within our offices to keep your smile in place. These retainers are just as clear as the aligners, maintaining a healthy smile without noticing anything over your teeth.
If you're still curious to learn more, give our office a call and ask the front desk for some Invisalign reviews of past patients who can tell you more personal details about their experience with Invisalign.
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