Invisalign Ponte Vedra FL
Everyone wants to have straight, perfectly aligned teeth; but no one wants have a “metal mouth.” That’s always been the downside of orthodontics — the metal bands, the wires poking your lips and cheeks, the difficulty eating and cleaning your teeth.
Dr. Sorensen now offers a visibly better alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign®. Rather than bands and wires, Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic “aligners” to move teeth into their correct positions.
What Alignment Problems Can Invisalign® treat?
The Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are very comfortable when they fit snugly onto your teeth, but they do amazing work. The aligners progressively shift your teeth and bite into alignment. While Invisalign® cannot be used in cases where severe problems exist, it can work for most mild to moderate conditions such as:
- Gasps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
Here are some of the advances of Clear Braces:
The advantages are clear, excuse the pun.
1- Invisalign® moves the patient’s teeth without anyone knowing. This is because the aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible when on the teeth. Even a person talking to you in close proximity can’t see the aligners on your teeth. Contrast this to the glaring metal on display with traditional braces.
2- Invisalign® is comfortable. Metal bands rub on your cheeks and lips. Wires poke your tongue and cheeks. Monthly “adjustments” usually call for some ibuprofen afterwards to deal with the serious aching. If you play an instrument or sports, metal bands can be a serious pain.
3. Keeping your teeth clean with braces is quite difficult. Removing food stuck on the bands and under wires requires diligence. To floss, you need a threader. With Invisalign®, you simply remove the trays and brush and floss your teeth normally.
4- Braces limit some foods you can eat. No corn on the cob. No really sticky or chewy foods. With Invisalign®, you simply take out the tra
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an alternative orthodontic system. Instead of using bands cemented to the teeth with wires strung through them, Invisalign® uses clear aligners that the user wears for 20-22 hours per day, but can removed for eating and cleaning his or her teeth.
Traditional braces create movement by adjusting the pull of the wires and using various rubber bands. This leads to a fair degree of soreness every month for a few days after the wires are tightened.
Invisalign® instead uses aligner trays that the patient wears for two weeks. Each series of upper and lower aligners gently move the teeth closer and closer to the end position. After wearing a set of aligners for two weeks, the pair is discarded and replaced by the next pair. This process continues until the teeth are aligned and in position.
What is the Invisalign Process?
The first step toward straightening your teeth with Invisalign® is a full dental examination and analysis of your bite using the iTero digital scanning system. This system instantly creates precise 3D digital images of your teeth. Using these, Dr. Sorensen then maps out a precise treatment plan, including the movement of your teeth in stages. Invisalign® software even allows the patient to preview how his or her teeth will change. This information is then sent to Align Technology, which creates the aligners.
When your aligners arrive at Blue Water Dental, you will meet with Dr. Sorensen. He will explain how to use the aligners and will give you the first few pairs in the series. From there, every two weeks you will discard the current aligners and switch to the next pair. About every six weeks you’ll see Dr. Sorensen so he can monitor your progress and give you the next sets of aligners.
Wearing your aligners
The goal is to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day. Once they are on your teeth, you’ll forget they are there anyway. You remove them to eat or, say, if you play trumpet in band. And you remove them when cleaning your teeth. Each aligner is designed to exert a certain amount of pressure on certain teeth, pushing the teeth in a certain direction. When this pair of aligners has done its job moving your teeth, the next aligners will exert slightly different pressure to continue moving the teeth toward their final position. To accomplish the movement goals, it’s important to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day without fail.
How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
Average treatment time with Invisalign® is about one year. Less severe alignment issues may take less time. If, at the end of your treatment, Dr. Sorensen and you agree that more movement is needed, then we can order more aligners.
How do I make sure my teeth stay in place?
Those who’ve had regular braces know that a retainer is needed after your bands are removed to keep your teeth from drifting back. The same is true with Invisalign®. But instead of retainers that uncomfortably click onto the roof of your mouth, Invisalign® uses Vivera® retainers made of the same material as Invisalign® aligners. The retainers are similar to the aligners, but are thicker and more durable because they need to be worn for longer periods than the two-week aligners. Patients receive four Vivera® retainers, as well, so they replace them over the course of their retention to keep them from becoming less-than-hygienically appealing.