What is Invisalign?
If you are dissatisfied with your smile and not interested in a mouth full of metal braces, Dr. Nancy Gill & Dr. Dallas Kenson have an option for you. Invisalign®, also known as “clear braces” may be the solution. Invisalign eliminates both the discomfort of metal wires and the inconvenience of adjustments. The Invisalign system uses virtually invisible aligners that straighten teeth without metal bands, brackets or wires. The custom-made trays are comfortable, and easy to remove for eating, brushing, flossing and special occasions. The clear-plastic aligners are inconspicuous and barely seen by others. The Invisalign system has been shown to be highly effective at straightening teeth.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Technology
Invisalign uses the latest in 3-D computer imaging to determine a projected path of tooth movement for each patient. This allows Dr. Gill and Dr. Kenson to design a series of personalized aligners (repositioners) that work to straighten teeth over time. The patient wears each set of aligners for approximately two weeks. Then the patient will wear a new set.
What Problems can invisalign Correct?
Invisalign aligners can treat most common problems found in adults and teens. They are successful in straightening crooked teeth, eliminating crowding and closing gaps. Invisalign can treat both minor cosmetic issues and more-complex bite problems.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners offer many benefits over traditional metal braces including:
- More cosmetically appealing
- Clear and inconspicuous
- Lower cost
- Little-to-no impact on daily life
- Less painful
- Greater flexibility
- Easier to keep teeth clean and healthy
- No dietary restrictions
With Invisalign, there are no metal or wires to irritate the mouth. Patients can maintain an active, athletic lifestyle, free from worry about injury or bracket breakage.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Step One – Consultation with Dr. Nancy Gill or Dr. Dallas Kenson
To begin the Invisalign treatment process, the patient will have a consultation with either Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson. The dentist will determine whether the patient is a good candidate for Invisalign aligners. If so, the dentist will develop an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist will take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of the patient’s teeth
Step Two – Fabrication of Invisalign Custom Aligners
Advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology will analyze and transform impressions of a patient’s teeth into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. Using this same computer imaging, the dentist will be able to see the anticipated progression of the therapy. It will also show what the teeth will look like once treatment is complete. This analysis can be in-office before any treatment begins.
Step Three – Receiving the Invisalign Aligners
During the next visit to Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson, the patient will receive the aligners. Each set of aligners is worn day and night for about two weeks, and is removed only to eat, drink, brush and floss. The patient sees the dentist every four to six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned. The patient will receive the next set of aligners to take home. Treatment is complete once each set of aligners are worn. The average treatment time, which depends on the complexity of the case, is typically six months to one year.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Invisalign and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact us to schedule a consultation.