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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.
Absolutely. You see, our team has an orthodontics background—unusual for most general dentistry offices. During the Invisalign process we sometimes do see some unwanted tooth movements. Our computer models are pretty good, but they can’t predict every variable. Biology is what it is.
Now, if your Invisalign provider did not have an orthodontic background, you might spend an awful lot of time using the wrong trays. But our background prevents this, because we’ve got a better chance of predicting what will happen and guiding the process.
We also require our patients to come in every month so we can check on the progress of treatment. This may seem a little inconvenient, but there’s a really good reason for it.
You see, some offices just hand patients a big box with 20 aligners inside. They say, “Good luck! See you in a few months!”
Here, we only give patients two trays at a time. We really feel like it’s vital to monitor what’s going on, and to make sure all the attachments are there. We want to see that the teeth are moving the way we want them to move. If something isn’t quite right, we can spot these issues early on and make adjustments. This is far better than creating an unhappy patient when the course of treatment is complete.
It’s about recognizing the limitations of the system, as well as the benefits.
Though Invisalign is often marketed to adults who are embarrassed to use braces, teens may use them as well. However, you’ll want to make sure your teen is mature enough to remain compliant with his or her treatment plan.
One nice thing about using the Invisalign system is you can pretty much eat whatever you want (with the exception of chewing gum).
You can even take the alignment trays out when it’s time to eat a meal. Clean your teeth, then put them back in. It’s simple, and very convenient.
You’ve seen the TV commercials touting the benefits of Invisalign treatment. Now, you’d love to explore Invisalign for yourself. It would be great to have beautiful, straight teeth without having to wear braces!
Indeed, Invisalign can be a fantastic option for many patients. Read on to learn more about it. We’ve gathered some common questions and concerns regarding Invisalign so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
Usually, Invisalign is not very painful. However, each new alignment tray can feel a little painful, uncomfortable, or strange for a few days. The discomfort goes away as you continue to wear the tray.
First, we make a 3D model of your mouth. This model gives us a good idea of what the end result is going to look like. It also shows us all the steps we’ll be taking along the way.
We spend quite a bit of time talking with patients about this model. We look at the end result and ask them if that’s what they’re looking for, and if it will make them happy. If not, we spend a long time modifying and adjusting the model to make sure patients like the end results.
Once they do, we use this information to create a series of custom-built alignment trays. Patients wear these trays for two weeks at a time, in order, for at least 22 hours a day. The teeth are slowly brought into alignment over time.
The biggest complications we see with Invisalign usually come from patients who don’t stick to their treatment plan. If you’re forgetful, or if you feel you will be tempted to remove your aligners if they start to feel uncomfortable (rather than waiting out the discomfort) then braces might be a better option for you.
Parents seeking Invisalign treatments for teens should be particularly aware of this fact, and honestly evaluate their teen’s ability to stick to the plan. A teen can’t just pull braces out of his or her mouth whenever he or she wants.
Some alignment issues may also make you a poor candidate, but we won’t know whether or not we’ll be able to use Invisalign as a solution until we see you. Some offices will tell you differently, but we believe there are just a few things Invisalign should not be doing. We feel some of these offices are taking a risk by using Invisalign for things that braces should really be doing. We avoid these mistakes by using the best tools for the task, whatever those tools happen to be.
Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.
Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level.