How does Invisalign Treatment Work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two 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 your doctor has prescribed. You’ll visit our practice about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both numbers will vary from case to case.
Your Invisalign® clear aligners are custom-made for you. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth.
Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.
Only Invisalign clear aligners are made of proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material to gently shift your teeth into place.
Why Invisalign Treatment
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with 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.
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- Up to 50% faster treatment times – With weekly aligner changes, you’re on your way to the smile you want even faster.
- Proven results – SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement.
- Better fit, better comfort – Aligners made from SmartTrack material are more comfortable, better fitting, and easier to put on and take off.
- Effective for a wide variety of cases – Proprietary SmartForce features and SmartTrack material make Invisalign treatment effective for complex cases. With innovations like these, your doctor can move your teeth more precisely.
- Unique feature for teens – Invisalign clear aligners for teens contain compliance indicators that fade from blue to clear to help gauge wear time.
- Comfort & Convenience
Making the decision to straighten your teeth is much easier when you know that Invisalign® treatment lets you live your life the way you want to. With Invisalign aligners, you don’t need to worry about the gum and mouth irritation other teeth-straightening methods can cause. Invisalign aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing, to eating whatever you like. With other devices, brushing and flossing properly can often take up to 30 minutes.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control he needs to move the teeth in small increments at a time. The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance. While less noticeable orthodontics like aligners may seem like a better choice for those who are conscious of their appearance, today’s braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of color options for both the brackets and the elastics. Wearing these types of braces also means that you don’t have to worry about ever misplacing your aligners.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are a clear alternative to metal braces using clear tooth coloured brackets. The advantage of these brackets are that they are less noticeable, which means you can smile with confidence. Ceramic brackets are a great choice for both adults and children.
The wires that are used to bring the teeth into the desired position can also be tooth coloured but as treatment progresses stronger metal wires will be needed.
Ceramic brackets are a cost effective alternative to incognito and Invisalign as there are no laboratory fees involved. Simple alignment of the front teeth can change your smile in six months.
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- The wires that are used to bring the teeth into the desired position can also be tooth colored but as treatment progresses stronger metal wires will be needed.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing.
The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to create customized brackets. The process takes about six weeks and, once complete, allows the orthodontist to use a specific process to cement the braces onto the back surfaces of your teeth.
Like traditional braces, this product works by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on the teeth, to help them slowly shift into proper position. The treatment can take anywhere from 18-36 months, depending on the severity of a patient’s overcrowding of teeth or their bite.
Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. Straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one. Having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. You’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Afford It?
We provide flexible payment plans to make orthodontics more affordable for everyone. We offer free consultations, low down payment, low monthly payments and family discounts.
What Are The Types of Orthodontic Treatment?
Depending on the extent of your bad bite, one or a combination of the following orthodontic treatments can be used to correct your bite: braces, headgear, removable appliances, retainers, oral surgery.
How To Care For Teeth With Braces?
Brushing and flossing with braces take longer. It is important to brush your braces as well as the front, back and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Our orthodontist will give you tips on how to brush and floss. Parents should supervise their children to make sure they do a good job cleaning and following advice of the orthodontist.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
It depends on your age, type of issues, and the treatment technique used. Treatment generally involves visits to our clinic on a regular basis. It usually takes longer to treat adults than children or teenagers. Most people wear braces for about 2 years.
How Do I Get Started?
Give us call at (647) 702-6465 to get up your complimentary consultation with one of our Orthodontists. We will also give you our flexible payment plans that best suit your situation.
We will contact you to confirm your appointment with you. Please call if you have a dental emergency.
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