How is Invisalign different from the traditional metal braces?
Invisalign is the latest advancement in orthodontics and it has revolutionized the way dentists correct malocclusion. Instead of using brackets and wires to move teeth, dental professionals now have an alternative to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to move your teeth into a desirable position. What’s nice about Invisalign is that you can have orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing it. It’s particularly important to adolescents and adults who want straight teeth but are hesitant about having metals in their mouth.
Can you briefly describe the whole Invisalign process?
First Appointment: You and the dentist will discuss what goals to achieve with regard to orthodontic movement. Once the goals have been determined, impressions of both upper and lower arches will take place to capture the detailed anatomy of your teeth. You will also bite down on a bite registration material so that the lab technician will be able to puzzle the upper and lower arches. We also need to take some photographs of your face and teeth for orthodontic records. It takes about 2-3 weeks for your plastic trays to get fabricated. During the waiting the process, the doctor will work closely with the Invisalign technician to develop a ClinCheck, an animated movement of your teeth that shows what the result will look like.
Second Appointment: This appointment is when you receive your aligner trays. During this appointment, the dentist will use a template to place attachments or “buttons” on your teeth if you need them. The attachments are basically composite resin that go over the front surfaces of the teeth. The dentist will etch treatment the surfaces and bonded the composite.
If there are any IPR on your ClinCheck, then the dentist will perform those needed areas. IPR stands for interproximal reduction. It basically creates room between the teeth for better movement, particularly when you have crowded teeth. When the sides of the tooth get reduced, or “slenderized”, it become narrower and fits nicely into the dental arch.
If you are interested about finding out more about Invisalign, please call our office at (832) 589-0671 for a free consultation.
INVISALIGN: LOWER CROWDING CORRECTION
INVISALIGN: INTERDENTAL SPACING CORRECTION
INVISALIGN: FLARING OF UPPER TEETH CORRECTION
INVISALIGN: DEEP BITE CORRECTION-REDUCING THE DEGREE OF TOP TEETH OVERLAPPING LOWER TEETH
9727 Spring Green Blvd #200
Katy, TX 77494
Phone: (832) 589-0671