What is Invisalign?
How Do Teeth Aligners Work?
Using 3D computer imaging technology, the Invisalign system projects the movement of teeth within the patient’s mouth. Based on this path of movement, Dr. Gray can create a series of aligners to gradually move the teeth. Patients wear each set of aligners for a few weeks and then move to the next set. They repeat this process until the teeth are straight and in the proper positions.
What Can Invisalign Correct?
Since Invisalign is meant to straighten teeth it can correct cosmetic issues including misaligned or crooked teeth, close spaces between teeth, and eliminate crowding. Additionally, Invisalign can treat complex issues such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Patients of 14 years of age and older with one or more of these problems are candidates for Invisalign.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
Invisalign offers a range of benefits over traditional braces including:
- Aligners that are removable
- Cosmetic appeal
- Does not require tightening
- Easier to keep teeth clean and healthy
- Flexible-payment options
- Less pain
- Little to no impact on daily life
- Lower cost
- No dietary restrictions
- No worry about breaking brackets
Before & After Invisalign
The Invisalign Treatment Process
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gray will examine your teeth to determine if Invisalign is the appropriate course of treatment. In addition to the exam, Dr. Gray may choose to take X-rays or photographs of the teeth. In the case that you are a candidate, our staff will take bite impressions. The impressions are then sent out for a lab to create and in office, we create the anticipated progression of the teeth. This will give Dr. Gray a map to reference during future visits.
Once the aligners are complete patients will return to our office to pick them up. It is important to wear them all day and night. Patients should only remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Patients will visit the office for an update and to pick up new aligners every 6 to 8 weeks. Once treatment is complete patients do not have to wear the Invisalign anymore but will need a retainer to maintain their results.
Clear Braces Treatment Time
In most cases, patients wear Invisalign trays for about a year. Patients will periodically visit our office for new aligners. During this visit, Dr. Gray will have a chance to review the patient’s progress and provide any updates. At the end of the visit each patient will leave with their next set of aligners.