Teeth that are not in proper alignment are not only unattractive, but this misalignment can also lead to improper forces and stresses on the teeth and jaw. This additional stress can lead to fractures and grinding as well as not being able to properly clean the teeth. Dr. Angela Abernathy is an Invisalign provider and offers the premier way to align teeth through the use of Invisalign aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are custom made clear trays that gently and gradually move your teeth to a more ideal position.
Who is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Adults and teens suffering from common dental problems may be candidates for Invisalign. The aligners are clear making Invisalign the premier orthodontic option for teens and adults who are looking for a nearly invisible solution to straighten their teeth.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The word “braces” sends terror into the heart of any teenager. The metal bands earning “metal mouth” descriptions, the wires poking the cheeks and tongue, the two days of intense aching after a tightening session — it’s not on a teen’s must-have list.
Invisalign® handles mild to moderate tooth movement needs without any of that. The most important thing for most teens is that, as the name implies, the Invisalign® trays are basically invisible. When they’re on your teeth, no one can tell, even from close range when speaking to someone. No metal bands. No wires. It’s easy to forget you’re wearing the clear Invisalign® aligners because they are so comfortable.
And Invisalign® is simply easy. It’s easy to eat — you just take them out. It’s easy to keep them clean — you take them out and brush them with toothpaste. It’s easy to keep your teeth clean — take out the trays and brush and floss normally.
Bottom line? Our Boutique Smiles of Manhattan patients love Invisalign®. Plus, their time required to move their teeth is usually less than with traditional braces.
What Can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign trays treat many different types of cases, including crowding, spacing, deep bite, and open bite.
How Are Invisalign Aligners Created?
After taking a series of photographs and impressions, we work with Invisalign to develop the best plan for your specific case as well as an estimate of your time commitment. We also utilize the iTero Scanner at our office to assist in those digital impressions. The trays are to be worn on average 22-23 hours per day for optimal results.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
Once Dr. Abernathy believes Invisalign® would work for you, the first step is a full dental examination and analysis of your bite using the Invisalign® digital scanning system. With this information, the system creates precise 3D images of the patient’s teeth. Using these images, Dr. Abernathy then plots out the movement required. The Invisalign® system allows Dr. Abernathy to preview with the patient exactly how his or her teeth will progress through the entire treatment. This information is then digitally sent to Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign®. The company takes the data and creates acrylic aligner trays.
When your aligners arrive in our Boutique Smiles of Manhattan offices, it’s time for your next appointment. Dr. Abernathy will explain how to use the aligners, along with care instructions and other pertinent information. Then he’ll give you the first few pairs of aligner trays and you head home.
All you do is wear the aligner trays for 20-22 hours every day for two weeks. Those trays put subtle pressure on your teeth, moving them without the pain that accompanies the tightening of wires with traditional braces. After two weeks, you discard those trays and switch to the next pair. At about six-week intervals, you’ll come to see Dr. Abernathy so he can monitor your progress and give you the next series of aligners.
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How long does it take Invisalign to move my teeth?
As you would assume, there is variability between patients on treatment times, but at Boutique Smiles of Manhattan, we’ve found that Invisalign® typically takes less time to move your teeth into their final positions than traditional braces. Traditional braces usually take about two years, while Invisalign® typically averages from 12-14 months.
What are the advantages of Invisalign® over traditional braces?
Invisalign® has many advantages over traditional braces:
- Cosmetic appeal — Aligners are virtually invisible, even from close up.
- Less discomfort — Invisalign® doesn’t have wires to poke your cheeks or bands to rub on your lips.
- Easy hygiene — For brushing and flossing, simply remove the aligner.
- Eat whatever you want — No more need to cut off corn on the cob or avoid chewy foods.
- Greater flexibility — Play trumpet in the band? Simply remove your aligner when practicing.
- No tightening sessions — Simply switch to the next aligner in the series every two weeks.
- Little or no impact on daily life — Invisalign® basically allows the patient to eat, brush, and live normally, all the while straightening his or her teeth.
What happens when my treatment is complete? Do I wear a retainer?
Once your teeth are moved into their new positions, they’ll need to stay there. That’s why traditional braces transition to the use of a retainer. This prevents the teeth from drifting back to their former positions. Invisalign® doesn’t use a retainer with a plastic piece that snaps onto the roof of your mouth. Instead, Vivera® retainers, made from the same material as the Invisalign® aligners, keep the teeth in place. These Vivera® retainers are similar to the aligners, but they are thicker and more durable because they need to be worn for longer than just a couple of weeks. You will receive four Vivera® retainers to be swapped out over the course of your retention period.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost can vary depending on the length of your treatment. As with any orthodontic treatment, retainers will be required to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.