Invisalign is a method of straightening your teeth using a
series of clear, removable teeth aligners rather than the wires and brackets of
conventional braces. The primary advantages of the treatment are itís cosmetic
nature, the ability to enjoy eating without restrictions and the ease of oral
hygiene maintenance. The aligners are clear and virtually undetectable by
others and they are removed for eating and for hygiene.
The process involves taking impressions and my designing the
computer generated aligners. A series of aligners are made that enable the
teeth to be moved in small amounts without discomfort. Each custom made aligner
is custom manufactured with exact increments to shift your teeth gradually into
its correct place. New aligners are switched out about every two weeks which
often allows for faster treatment than traditional orthodontic. At the end of
treatment, a clear nonactive aligner is made that will retain the position as
opposed to the rather bulky retentive appliances and wires used by the wire and
We begin by taking impressions, photos and X-rays and
sending them to Align Technology. The impressions are scanned into a computer
creating a virtual 3D model of your teeth. The series of tooth movements required
to achieve the final position that I prescribe is calculated and electronically
sent to me. After I review and approve the steps, I will consult with you and
show the series of movements resulting in your improved smile. Before the
aligners are made, we will be able to adjust the final result if you so desire.
The average treatment time is approximately one year. If you so desire, we will
include bleach so you can whiten your teeth during treatment toward, the end of
an alignerís functional stage.