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Invisalign is Here!

Invisalign Technology is coming to our office in March Invisalign.
Braces can help you achieve an attractive smile.

Invisalign

Braces for adults and teens

According to Invisalign 2000 survey 74 % of American women and men believe that an attractive smile is important for getting their dream job, while 84 % fell it is critical for their love lives.

     Invisalign® can give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. You can smile during treatment as well as after.

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New Invisalign Express!

What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can help you get the great smile you've always wanted because it's...
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Invisible, so no one can tell you're straightening your teeth. So now you can smile more
during treatment as well as after.
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Removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.
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Comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no
metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting
adjustments.

Invisalign® also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.


 
bulletInvisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
bulletInvisalign® aided by computer imagery uses a series of clear removable aligners  to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. 
bulletInvisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research.

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How Does Invisalign® Work?
bulletYou wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Each set of aligners, move the teeth about 0.25 millimeters per aligner
bulletAs you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position.
bulletYou'll visit your dentist about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
bulletTotal treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
bullet Click here to download our informational video to learn more about Invisalign and hear from actual patients.
How Are Aligners Made? You'd Be Amazed...
bulletThe aligners are made through a combination of your orthodontist's or dentist's expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology. (click here to learn more about how technology plays a vital role in the Invisalign® process)
 
bullet Click here to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign®.
bullet Click here to find out how easy it is to get started.
bullet Click here to view the leading edge technology utilized in manufacturing Invisalign
bullet Click here to view your case's suitability.

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  You will be required to have:

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full mouth vinyl polysiloxane impression

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completed records – panoramic x-ray

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intra-oral photographs

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extra-oral photographs

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ceph.

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Which do you choose? Traditional takes 1/3 longer or Invisible braces?

A Comparison of Traditional Orthodontic Treatment and 
The Invisalign Technique

Factor Traditional Orthodontics Invisalign
Materials Wires and brackets Clear plastic trays "aligners"
Type of Treatment Broad range of orthodontic therapy Most suitable for patients with certain orthodontic needs
Suitability Suitable for many patients Suited mainly for a vast majority of adults and for adolescents who have their permanent teeth. ***

Click here to see if your case is suitable for Invisalign

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     Invisalign  distinct advantage to give you the great smile you have always wanted:

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Invisible, so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.  So now you can smile more DURING treatment as well as after.

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Removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.

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Comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.  And no metal and wires means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments.

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Oral hygiene is improved

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Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when you treatment is complete.

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May reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease when compared to wire braces that trap food and plaque.

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Visit dentist only 1x every 6 weeks 

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Is usually faster than conventional braces

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No metal braces

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In most cases the aligners are doing multiple tooth movements simultaneously.  Commonly, in conventional bracketing, some movements get ignored until another movement is completed by the current mechanics

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Work usually completed in 15 months conventional braces takes on the average of 2 years

Wearing your Invisalign aligners

     Disadvantages of  Invisalign**:

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They are "not designed to treat patients with mixed dentition, changing a bite and/or growing palates and therefore are not appropriate for children."

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 All restorative work must be completed before or after the treatment.

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 Designed to treat patients with less complex orthodontic needs.

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 It is difficult to change this system after treatment has began because this system is so exacting.  

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The system is dependent on the patient wearing the retainers.

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May temporarily affect your speech.

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They are to be worn full time, day or night, except while eating and brushing or flossing. 

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Teeth may be sore with a slight ache from the pressure especially for the first few days with each new aligner. 

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After the work is completed you may have to wear a retainer at night.

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Need for good patient compliance.

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Cash up front is needed in order to assure that you will wear the aligners

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     Costs: They typically cost $3,000 to $9,000.  

     American Association of Orthodontists states, "It is a very good additional tool....but there are many oral problems it can not handle and it certainly does not replace braces." They work best if you already have "a good bite, small rotation, small gap or a minor problem".  "They will not work with biting or crowding problems and are not meant to be used with children". 

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     Dentistry has moved beyond just treating the teeth and oral cavity.  They can now give patients beautiful faces and alleviate a multitude of medical problems.  

Braces for Adults

Options available:

Metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth, are the most common. Some patients may complain about discomfort from metal brackets rubbing against the skin. If you experience any pain or discomfort, ask your dentist or orthodontist for some dental wax to place over the brackets.

Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance. They may look better but also may break more easily than metal braces.

Invisible braces are a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces invisible, but they also are removable so they won't trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. You'll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only remove it for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for individuals with mild spacing problems

Do you want this?

Braces are for adults, notice the clear brackets

Or this?


She is wearing Invisalign braces....

The latest reports indicate that 25% of all individuals or 1 million adults wear braces.  Benefits of braces for adults:

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Reduce decay  and gum disease due to crowding

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Relieve headaches and earaches

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Improve speaking, biting or chewing problems

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Prevent or improve TMD troubles

Disadvantage of braces in adulthood is that they take longer than teenagers.  The average adult wears braces for 18months to 3 years.  Braces are custom-made appliances that use gentle pressure to straighten teeth and bite, this process can cause discomfort.  The cost can range between $4,000-$9,000.  However, Invisalign can reduce the length of time of wearing braces to 18 months or less and with less discomfort.

Remember that while wearing braces keep your teeth and brackets clean to reduce the risk of cavities.  Avoid  hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice because they will damage or dislodge braces.  Avoid sticky foods to decrease your risk of cavities.

How do I adjust to life with braces?

You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating at first. While wearing braces, keep your teeth and brackets clean. If you wear cemented, non-removable braces, food and plaque can get trapped between teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Plaque and sugar combine to make acid, which can cause decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay if left behind.

Which foods should I avoid?

It's a good idea not to eat foods that can damage or dislodge braces. Hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice are off limits. Sticky foods to avoid include caramel, taffy and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.

Do I need to see my dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Remember that going to the orthodontist is not a substitute for regular dental checkups. If you're going to invest time and financial resources in a healthy smile, be prepared to go the distance to achieve results. That means you should consult your dentist for a schedule that's appropriate for you.

No matter your age, it is never to late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile Since braces are being worn by more adults.

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Conventional Braces

You can choose the color of your elastics

Continuing research shows that health problems as varied as headaches and breathing  problems may be related to abnormal alignments of the bones of the face and jaw.  For example, a person with a long, narrow face is more likely to have problems breathing through his/her nose.  

     The key to successful diagnosis and treatment is early intervention should begin as early as possible.  Many parents wait until children are in their teens before considering braces.   But once a child reaches the age of 13, jaw development slows and there is limited room for growth.

    When a child is treated between the ages of five and eleven, dentist can redirect the child's growth and reduce the length of time that a child wears braces along with also alleviating problems such as headaches, jaw pain, earache, mouth breathing and sleep apnea.~

     Braces are made of metal or plastic, braces include brackets attached to the teeth and wires that connect them. Pressure to move the teeth is caused by adjusting the wires regularly.

     The length of time a person wears braces depends on age, the severity of the problem and the condition of the mouth. However, the average child wears braces for 18-30 months. After the braces are removed, a removable retainer must be worn for several months to hold the teeth in their proper position until they're more secure.

     Wearing braces usually begins around age 10 although braces can be worn at any age.  A good thing is your smile is something you can change. Early orthodontic intervention, where appropriate, can make treatment more predictable.  It can also help to alleviate that ugly duckling teeth phase much earlier, which can be helpful to a child’s self image as well.
 

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When Braces Leave Scratches on Teeth 

When a child has been wearing braces, it can be a shock for parents when they come off. Braces can leave scratches on teeth. Chinese researchers at Beijing Medical University found that brushing with a fluoride toothpaste promoted mineral deposits on teeth, and that the scratches were gone in a few weeks. Longer brushing time with three times a day regularity promoted fastest improvement.

Click here to learn more about braces Visit ADA for more about braces.

Click here for ways to prevent orthodontic problems: Prevention of Braces

Click here for home care of braces: Home Care of Braces

~Braces for Adults, AGD Impact April 2003, pg 21

* Ms Flossy

** AGD Impact August/September 2001 pg 2, 15-17.

***JADA, Vol. 133, March 2002.

~ DentalNotes, Early Treatment Can Work Wonders. Summer 2001

February 06, 2008

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