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Invisalign 101: What is Invisalign?

August 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_lewis @ 9:49 pm

Invisalign is the leading orthodontic technique to naturally improve smiles, make dental appearances more pleasing, and correct bad bites (malocclusion). The great news is that Invisalign accomplishes this without using wires, metal bands or braces.

Invisalign uses a series of clear, flexible retainers that are called Aligners. These Aligners fit like a glove over your teeth. Each Aligner moves teeth that need to be moved a small amount.  By the end of the treatment period, the teeth have been moved to a better and more esthetic alignment.

We begin the process by taking a set of records. Then these records are sent to Invisalign’s technical department where they are scanned into their computer. When this is completed, a treatment plan is made. This is called a “Clincheck” and it is sent back to my office for me to view on my computer.  Clincheck is an animation of your teeth’s present position. It proceeds stepwise to the forecasted conclusion of what your teeth will look like when treatment is finished.

I order custom Aligners specific to you. I usually give patients 3 sets of Aligners to wear over a six week period and then they come back to my office for an orthodontic exam. This cycle is repeated until the treatment is finished. After Aligner treatment is completed, patients are instructed to wear retainers at night while sleeping to keep the teeth in their new positions.  New retainers are used every few months.

So that’s the basic 101 course on Invisalign! It’s a proven technique that has taken us out of the metal braces era into modern-day, computerized orthodontics. If you have been thinking of enhancing your smile, the time is right now because modern-day technology (CADCAM) has taken us out of the horse and buggy days and put us into a whole new era of easy, metal-free smile enhancement.

You can call us any time for an appointment @7812725890 or reach us @ richardlewisdmd.com. Why wait? Call today (or as they say), “Carpe diem”.

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