The Invisalign system is an FDA approved orthodontic treatment that corrects malocclusion with a series of custom made aligners.
Invisalign orthodontic aligners are a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign treatment gradually moves your teeth toward your smile you've always wanted. And, almost no one will know you're wearing them unless you tell them.
Invisalign orthodontic aligners are clear, easy, and comfortable to wear. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods. The Invisalign orthodontic aligners need to be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing, and flossing. It is very important to brush and floss after each meal to keep your aligners clean and your teeth healthy.
Many people incorrectly believe that the Invisalign orthodontic system is only effective in treating minor teeth straightening issues. But the fact is, it successfully treats patients with moderate and severe conditions, including the following:
- CROWDING Not enough room for the teeth
- SPACING Gaps between the teeth
- OVERBITE Protuding upper teeth
- UNDERBITE Protruding lower teeth
- DEEP BITE Upper front teeth hiding the lower teeth
- OPEN BITE Vertical spacing between the front teeth
Benefits of Straighter Teeth
- Healthier Gums: Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked, or spaced too far apart. Properly aligned teeth can help gums fit more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodonatal health.
- Easier Cleanings: With maintenance of good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retension, tooth decay, or periodontal disease can be reduced.
- Decreased Risk of Abnormal Wear: Properly aligned teeth can be less stressful to the supporting bone jaw joints. Which can reduce the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear.
How Does Invisalign Work?
When you meet with Dr. Brian Evans he will take orthodontic records of your teeth and photo's of your individual profile. This will include a Comprehensive Exam, Panoramic x-ray, and intra-oral photo's. He will scan your teeth to make a model of your current conditions. This material will then be forwarded to the Invisalign laboratory. At Invisalign, a computer model of your teeth and your treatment is created and then animated how your teeth will move from the current position to the final destination.
Dr. Brian Evans reviews and approves the treatment plan. Invisalign produces a series of clear, plastic aligners that correspond to the stages of tooth movement in 3-D. Each set of aligners is designed to move the teeth a small amount. You will wear each stage of orthodontic aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. You will need to visit Dr. Brian Evans every four to six weeks to check your progress and get new orthodontic aligners. Week by week, your teeth are straightened until they reach the desired position.
Like traditional braces, the length of orthodontic treatment depends on the complexity of the case. The average treatment time is twelve months.
Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional orthodontic braces also covers Invisalign to the same extent.
A Potential Health Risk
Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what dentists call "malocclusion." Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which leads to premature wear of teeth that can worsen over time and even result in tooth loss.
THE PROGRESSION OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE: When teeth are crowded, plaque with harmful bacteria can attach to the tooth surface down to the bottom of the pocket. Plaque can be difficult to remove from crowded areas because it is difficult to keep that area clean. Bacteria can cause gum tissue surrounding the tooth to degrade and in severe cases, bone loss. Severe periodontal infection, if untreated, may increase the risk for atherosclerosis-induced conditions such as coronary heart disease and stroke, complications of diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and respiratory diseases.