Invisalign is a branded orthopedic solution that uses clear, removable teeth aligners instead of traditional metal dental braces. Invisalign aligners are completely transparent which makes them almost invisible from a distance. Clear braces are particularly suited for adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces worn by children and adolescents.
In addition to their esthetic benefits, removable braces are more practical in everyday life as they allow patients to eat all types of food without the encumbrance of non-removable braces. Also, the removable nature of Invisalign solution lets patients brush and floss their teeth thoroughly, thus decreasing the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.
Invisalign treatments are only recommended for patients who do not have significant tooth decay or gum disease. If you are a good candidate for the Invisalign, we will begin the process by taking dental impressions,x-rays, and photographs of your teeth. The impressions will be scanned to create three-dimensional models of your teeth alignment before and after the treatment. In addition, custom software will simulate the movement of your teeth in stages. A clear resin aligner is manufactured for each stage of the computer simulation. The number of stages and aligners will depend on the difficulty of your case. However, you should be able to move to the new set of aligners every two weeks, or so. After the regular aligner treatment is complete, retainers composed of a similar plastic material may have to be worn, at least at night. Average treatment time is about one year; however, the actual treatment time may vary depending on the complexity of your case.
Like traditional fixed braces, the success of the Invisalign aligners is based on a patient’s commitment to wear the aligners for a minimum of 20–22 hours per day, only removing them when they are eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. If they are not worn consistently, next aligner in the series will not fit, and a new set of impressions and aligners will be necessary, adding to the cost and the length of the treatment.
Below are some of the common conditions currently treated with Invisalign; if there is a specific issue that you do not see addressed here, please contact us for more information and to see if Invisalign is right for you.
This is what a normal teeth alignment should look like.
This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this can also be caused by the surrounding teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.
What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet”. It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.
This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth.This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.