Consider Invisalign treatment to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted — without braces. A complimentary consultation with our doctor can determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.
What is it?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.
Why would I want it?
Not only are the aligners virtually 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 more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment 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.
How does it 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 their final positions. You'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
For more information on Invisalign, you can visit the Invisalign website.
Caring for your teeth with traditional braces:
What can you eat?
Although each bracket is bonded on the tooth with a special adhesive, care must be taken to avoid causing a bracket to come off. Foods that are very sticky or very hard can cause damage, which will result in extra appointments, inconvenience for you, and delay your teeth’s progress, thereby extending your treatment time.
TO AVOID COMPLETELY
Bubblegum, taffy, dried fruit, raisins, caramels, nuts, Doritos, chewing meat off of the bone, chewing ice cubes or hard candy, granola cereals, peanut brittle, chewing on objects such as pens, pencils, finger nails.
ALLOWED BUT BE CAREFUL
Corn on the cob – cut kernels off the cob
Raw vegetables – cut into smaller pieces
Apples – cut into slender wedges
Peaches and Plums – cut away from the pit
Pizza Crust – cut hard outer edge into small pieces
Popcorn – only when popped, with no small kernels
Crusty Rolls, Bread and Bagels – cut into small pieces
Chocolate bars that have nuts and/or caramel e.g. Mars, Oh Henry, Mr. Big
Hard taco shells
Brushing and Oral Hygiene
It is important to maintain a clean mouth at all times, but it is even more important throughout your treatment. The care you take today will ensure a beautiful smile forever. This means that special care must be given to your teeth and gum tissue. We will show you in detail, how to take care of your braces, teeth and gums.
Poor oral hygiene can result in permanent “marks” or “scars” on your teeth, due to plaque build-up. These “marks” or “scars” are referred to as decalcification, which is actually the onset of DECAY, and can begin to appear within as little as two weeks of exercising inadequate oral hygiene habits.
We recommend that you come in for regular hygiene visits every 3-6 months, depending on your needs. A recommended interval will be discussed with your hygienist.
You may find that your teeth will be tender during the two or three days after you get your braces on. The wire that is attached to the brackets on your teeth applies pressure to your teeth and starts them moving. Nature helps the teeth loosen to relieve pressure, but there is temporary discomfort while this happens. Gradually, the fibers that support the teeth in the bone get stretched and squeezed. After about three days, the teeth feel much more comfortable.
At each appointment, the process is repeated. However, because the teeth are loosened from their original position, each new adjustment is easier and little or no discomfort follows.