Twenty-first century computer technology has now come to orthodontics! We can now move teeth with computer-manufactured removable clear aligners. Besides being practically invisible, they move teeth more efficiently and more quickly than conventional wires and brackets. The average treatment time with these invisible braces is twelve months.
We know there are many adults who would love to have their teeth straightened, but will not consider orthodontics because they refuse to consider having brackets and wires placed on their teeth. Give us a call to set up a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for invisible braces! Call us at (908) 789-3323 with questions about Invisalign Invisible Braces.
Invisalign DentistInvisalign® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As 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 Dr. Rosenthal has prescribed. You will visit our office about once every four to six weeks to insure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time for invisible braces averages 9-15 months, but this varies from case to case.
The aligners are made with the assistance of 3-D computer imaging technology. We relay information via internet connections back and forth to and from the manufacturing center in Santa Clara, California. Impressions that we take are scanned and digitized and then used to construct a tooth movement sequence that Dr. Rosenthal has prescribed. Dr. Rosenthal downloads a video file from Invisalign® that illustrates the prescribed movement in three dimensions. Communications then take place back and forth by e-mail as necessary until Dr. Rosenthal sees that the movement meets the needs of the patient involved. When authorization is given, the Santa Clara facility then uses that same 3-D computer imaging technology to manufacture the invisible braces, which are forwarded to Dr. Rosenthal to deliver to the patient.
Advantages of Invisalign®:
- They are invisible, so that no one can tell that you're straightening your teeth.
- They are comfortable, because there are no metal wires or sharp brackets to irritate your cheeks or tongue.
- They are faster. Adjustments in the office are quicker, and treatment times are usually shorter.
- Not all tooth-straightening cases can be treated with these invisible braces. About 20% of cases will require conventional braces or possibly surgical orthodontics.
Questions and answers:
1. Does Invisalign® really work?
The concept of moving teeth with aligners rather than wires and brackets has been around since the 1940's, and has proven effective in thousands of cases and clinical studies.
2. Will insurance cover Invisalign® treatment?
Invisalign® is orthodontic treatment, and if your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment, it should cover Invisalign®.
3. What do aligners look like?
Aligners are nearly invisible and look very much like clear tooth-whitening trays, though they are made of a slightly different material.
4. How old is the company that makes Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is made by Align Technology, Inc., which was founded in 1997.
5. Do dentists and orthodontists need special training in order to use Invisalign®?
Yes. A dentist or orthodontist must be trained and certified by Invisalign® before their lab will accept cases from that doctor's office.
6. How do I know if Invisalign® will work for my case?
Make an appointment with us for a free orthodontic consultation, and we will let you know if you are a suitable candidate for invisible braces.
7. Is the treatment painful?
No, Invisalign® is relatively painless. There is less mouth irritation than with conventional braces. However, there is some tenderness and tooth sensitivity to biting for a few days after each change of aligners.
8. Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. This is a big advantage of wearing aligners rather than conventional braces. You remove the aligners for eating, and then put them in again. It is important, however, that you brush your teeth after eating before putting the aligners back in.
9. How much does Invisalign® cost?
Close to what regular braces cost. The actual cost depends on the complexity of your case.
10. Will the aligners affect my speech?
Some temporary effect on speech is normal as you begin treatment, until you get used to wearing aligners. This usually lasts a couple of days.
11. Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?
Smoking can stain the aligners. Each aligner only stays in for two weeks, but that's enough time to get them looking stained.
12. How about chewing gum?
Gum will stick to the aligners. Remember to remove them for all meals and snacks.
13. How often must I wear my aligners?
Wear them all day and night, except while eating, brushing, or flossing.
14. Can I use the aligners while bleaching my teeth?
Yes, actually, the aligner can double as a bleaching tray, enabling you to whiten and straighten at the same time.
For further information about Invisalign® Invisible Braces,
please give us a call. (908) 789-3323