CONVENIENCE AND COMFORT WITH INVISALIGN.
- Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
- The aligners are made through a combination of expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology.
- Prior to accepting the treatment, you can see what your teeth are going to look, and how long it’s going to take you to get there, even before you accept the treatment.
- You wear each set of aligners for about one-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 prescribed.
- Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months, and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN?
Straightening and repositioning misaligned teeth have more impact than only a beautiful smile. There are significant health advantages to wearing these clear, removable devices. You can reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, too. Did you know that the ADA (American Dental Association) states that leaving crooked teeth as they are, impacts your overall oral health? Crooked teeth increase the chances of developing gum disease, which ultimately leads to tooth loss and bad breath if left untreated or unmanaged. Many patients choose to fix crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth. Invisalign also corrects abnormal bite functions like open bites and cross bites. For example, if your upper and lower jaw does not shut correctly or your bite feels off when your teeth touch. Further, periodontitis can set it in when you have widely spaced or crowded teeth. When your gum can fit firmly around your tooth, it provides a strong barrier against infections of the gum.
A HEALTHIER MOUTH STARTS WITH STRAIGHTER TEETH.
Aside from a more pleasing aesthetic appearance of your teeth, you will have teeth that are better positioned to last for a lifetime. It is an investment in your health to correct orthodontic problems. Invisalign helps stop the following:
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Jaw dysfunction and TMJD Support
- Gingivitis or gum inflammation
- Sensitive teeth
- Chipping of teeth
- Prevent tooth loss
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY WITH DIGITAL SCANNING.
Aside from the cosmetic benefits of having straighter teeth, the real benefit of Invisalign begins before you even get your first aligners. When you visit Dr. Kalasho for your first appointment, she will perform a 3D digital scanning of each of your teeth. It is painless and non-invasive. She is using a small tool to go over each of your teeth, so there is a 3D image of all sides of each tooth. No longer do you have to go through the traditional approach of having impressions and trays put in your mouth, which can be unpleasant for some patients. Another benefit to digital imaging is it is far less intrusive than a traditional x-ray.
CLEAR ALIGNERS DONE AT THE OFFICE BY A BOARD-CERTIFIED DENTIST VS. MAIL-IN ALIGNERS
Mail in aligners are certainly more convenient than making an appointment with your dentist, and at times, could ultimately be cheaper, however, my colleagues and I, sincerely believe that mail-order-aligners are incredibly dangerous to our patients. When teeth are moved, they move within your jaw, and no part of your body should be moved without the direct supervision of a doctor. A lot of these mail in aligners, never consult a doctor, or even have a doctor supervising the case. When a mail in order aligner kit comes in, your simple task is to take some photos of your smile with a basic camera app and send in impressions that you take yourself.
Some places may have you come in for a digital scan, taken by an employee with no dental background and no dentist on site. In both these setups no dentist examined your teeth before putting you in aligners, which poses the risk of exacerbating cavities and gum disease. This is not what a dentist or orthodontist would do. A dental professional would look at your x-rays to make sure there is no active decay, or periodontal disease prior to any treatment. They would look at skeletal anatomy of your face, as well as the anatomy of the teeth, in order to determine the mechanism of your unique tooth movement. You will also notice that mail-in aligners have a lot of consents protecting the company from their customers coming after them for a poor result, it is because it happens, a lot.
I have over ten patients that had to undergo corrective orthodontics in order to fix the damage caused by a mail in aligner. Some cases involve open bites, crossbites, underbites, that were not there previously. Moving teeth is not a simple thing, and cannot be done by you in your Livingroom, or at a brick in mortar scanning mill, but needs to be done by a trained professional that understands head and neck anatomy, orthodontic movement, and how to diagnose and treat teeth and gum disease prior to getting aligners. Dentist take so many factors into account when moving teeth that the results are a lot more predictable, healthy, and long lasting when done by a board-certified dentist.
IMPROVE YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE.
If you have straight teeth, you may be unaware of the effects that crooked teeth have on a person’s self-esteem. Dental issues such as crooked or protruding teeth affecting teenagers and adults often make them feel very unattractive. Notably, in the case of teens, if they lack the right self-confidence going into adulthood, they are much more likely to suffer from negative feelings from their friends and peers. Studies have shown a strong correlation between one’s feelings of appearance and the likelihood to become depressed. In 2014, there was a survey conducted amongst U.S. teens who were unhappy with their teeth and smile. Of the 30% of teens who expressed they were most self-conscious about their teeth, nearly 50% of teens who used Invisalign showed a significant boost in self-esteem during treatment.
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED WITH INVISALIGN?
Whether you are young or old, misaligned teeth and problems with your bite are not a reason to hide your beautiful smile. Further, Invisalign works to ensure that your overall oral health is in pristine condition. Treating your teeth with the clear, inconspicuous Invisalign aligners is effective in correcting a myriad of dental health issues. Dr. Kalasho can help you fix an open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite, teeth that are overcrowded, gapped teeth, and protruding teeth. It truly is the most advanced clear aligner system available. Are ready to get started on your journey toward self-confidence and a healthier, more beautiful smile? Please contact Glo Modern Dentistry today at (323) 329-5969 to schedule your appointment.