Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is today’s best, easiest, and most predictable treatment method to correct misaligned teeth. You will wear a set of clear aligners that need to be adjusted every few weeks. In more complex cases, you might use the same tray for a little longer between adjustments. The trays are virtually invisible.
Invisalign is very convenient for a busy schedule since office visits are quick and only needed every 4 to 6 weeks.
With our state-of-the-art CAD/CAM digital scanning technology, we only scan your teeth and send the digital models electronically to our local specialized Invisalign laboratory. There is no need for you to have a physical, uncomfortable impression as it may be done in other places. Our scanning process is straightforward, comfortable, and produces exceptionally accurate models, making re-takes rare.
Invisalign Versus Braces
Invisalign is the ideal treatment for candidates who want a nearly invisible and comfortable straightening procedure. We can treat most cases with Invisalign. However, certain circumstances are too complicated and are not recommended for treatment with Invisalign. An Examination is required to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment or not.
Patients with large spacing between their teeth or cases that require raising or lowering the position of the teeth are not good candidates for Invisalign treatment. In addition, patients with specific prior dental work such as implants or dental bridges may not qualify for Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign Side Effects
Invisalign is not painful. It may cause slight soreness in the patient’s teeth. While Invisalign trays are not like brackets and wires, they will cause some discomfort due to the nature of orthodontic treatment and the pressure exerted on teeth to create movement.
The discomfort may last for a few days. The aligner trays are switched once every two weeks. With every new set of trays, temporary discomfort should be expected, but it should subside in a few days. We recommend that you start wearing the new aligners right before bedtime. This way, you can sleep through the initial discomfort of new Invisalign trays.
Our Process for Invisalign
The first step is to have a consultation appointment. Dr. Shahrokh can examine your teeth and discuss your goals with Invisalign therapy, and determine if Invisalign clear aligners can fix your concern. If Invisalign is not the right treatment for you, we will refer you to a trusted orthodontist with expertise in traditional orthodontic treatment.
If you are a candidate for Invisalign, your teeth will be scanned using our 3-D CADCAM scanner, and the scans will be used to fabricate your clear aligners. Also, a progress animation can be created to show you a preview of the steps and the eventual treatment outcome.
The Invisalign trays are made at a trusted Invisalign laboratory and are custom-made to fit your teeth and gum for maximum comfort throughout the treatment.
You should wear your Invisalign clear aligners for at least 22 hours daily. You may take them out to clean them, eat and brush your teeth, but otherwise, you should be wearing your aligners. The aligners cannot correct your smile unless they are worn for the required amount of time.
Each set of the trays is worn for two weeks and then is switched for the next set. Throughout the treatment, you will have periodic appointments with Dr. Shahrokh to monitor the progress of the treatment.
The treatment depending on its complexity may take anywhere from 1 year to 1.5 years. Once the treatment is completed, you will continue wearing your last tray, and that will act as your retainer to retain the result of the treatment.
Maintaining Results after Invisalign
To maintain the results, you should continue wearing your retainer. Over time your teeth may start shifting back to their original position. Wearing the retainer can ensure that your beautiful smile is maintained.
Keep your retainer clean by brushing the inside of it with a toothbrush. Maintain good oral hygiene and continue attending your dental checkups even after the treatment is completed so we can help you maintain your beautiful smile.