An Invisalign® dentist specializes in helping individuals address crooked and misaligned teeth. While some may hesitate to opt for traditional metal braces due to their visibility, Invisalign offers a discreet and nearly invisible alternative. This innovative system employs clear aligners that gently shift teeth into proper alignment, assisting patients in achieving their desired smile.
At Parkway Dental in West Roxbury and the surrounding area, we proudly offer Invisalign as a subtle method of tooth correction. With Invisalign, patients can confidently wear their aligners without others noticing, providing a discreet path to a straighter smile. If you’re interested in this transformative solution, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (617) 325 4100. Our team is here to provide you with more information about our services and assist in scheduling an appointment. Your journey to a beautifully aligned smile begins here.
How Invisalign Works To Straighten Teeth
Invisalign treatment entails using a series of clear aligners designed to gradually and effectively straighten teeth over time. These aligners are removable and free of brackets or wires, offering a discreet and comfortable orthodontic solution. Crafted from a patented thermoplastic material known as SmartTrack®, the aligners are precisely fitted over the teeth. Each aligner in the series encourages a slightly different tooth position than the previous one, facilitating a steady and gentle progression toward the desired correction.
Before commencing Invisalign treatment, patients undergo a consultation where the treatment process is explained, and their smile is thoroughly evaluated. During this appointment, we create a precise and personalized digital treatment plan that illustrates the step-by-step transformation of the patient’s smile. Once the patient approves this plan, we take digital scans, X-rays, and photographs of their teeth and oral structures to generate an accurate model. This comprehensive information is then sent to the Invisalign laboratory, where custom-fitted trays are meticulously crafted to begin the transformation process. Invisalign treatment offers a modern and convenient approach to achieving a straighter and more confident smile.
The Creation of Invisalign Trays
The process of obtaining Invisalign trays typically spans approximately four weeks. After we’ve taken impressions or scans of the patient’s teeth, we send these crucial details to the Invisalign factory, along with instructions on how the treatment should progress. Subsequently, the factory evaluates this information to determine the ideal trays required and provides us with the precise specifications.
We then review these specifications and make any necessary modifications, which are emailed to the factory. Once these adjustments are implemented, the factory proceeds to craft the trays, with skilled lab technicians trimming each to align with the patient’s gumline. While there is a brief waiting period before a patient can initiate treatment, this meticulous process ensures the effectiveness and comfort of the treatment journey. The result is a customized and tailored approach to achieving the desired smile transformation with Invisalign.
Benefits of Invisalign
One of the most notable advantages of Invisalign lies in its virtually invisible appearance. The clear aligners are inconspicuous, offering a discreet orthodontic solution. Moreover, they are easily removable for eating and drinking, allowing patients to enjoy meals without restrictions. When removed, wearers can effortlessly clean their teeth as no obstructive metal wires are in the way.
Straightening teeth with Invisalign also facilitates improved oral hygiene and health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of debris and bacteria getting trapped, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. These issues can escalate when left untreated, potentially resulting in tooth loss and more severe gum problems.
In most cases, Invisalign is particularly suitable for adults and teens, as their bone and teeth development is typically complete or near completion. Invisalign is most effective for patients with mild to moderate crowding, spacing issues, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Individuals with severe misalignments, complex bite problems, or substantial gaps between teeth may require alternative correction methods. Invisalign offers a flexible and effective solution for many orthodontic needs, and a consultation with a qualified dentist can determine its suitability for each patient’s unique case.
Finding the Right Invisalign Dentist
For individuals considering Invisalign treatment, conducting thorough research to find the right dentist is paramount. The dentist’s skill and reliability play a significant role in determining the quality of treatment results. To make an informed choice, individuals should investigate the dentist’s educational background, training, and certifications, ensuring they possess the necessary experience and expertise.
Additionally, it’s beneficial to explore patient reviews and examine before-and-after photos to gauge whether the results align with their orthodontic objectives. During the consultation, posing pertinent questions regarding the treatment process, expected outcomes, and any concerns or queries is essential.
A dependable Invisalign provider will also demonstrate genuine care for their patient’s oral health. Our team, for instance, collaborates closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals. By carefully selecting the right Invisalign dentist, individuals can look forward to a successful and satisfying orthodontic journey that aligns with their unique objectives.
Services and Future Check-ups
Once the Invisalign aligners are ready, patients will return to our office for a fitting. In addition to the aligners, Invisalign dentists can provide small, button-like attachments affixed to the patient’s teeth to ensure the aligners stay securely in place. These attachments are temporary and are removed when the treatment is completed.
Throughout treatment, patients will have follow-up appointments. During these visits, our team will assess the fit of the aligners and monitor the progress in shifting teeth into their desired positions. While Invisalign wearers don’t require regular appointments for adjustments as traditional braces do, periodic checkups are essential to evaluate treatment progress and ensure everything is proceeding as planned. These appointments are crucial in achieving the desired orthodontic outcomes with Invisalign.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic material called SmartTrack. This material is designed to apply constant, gentle force to your teeth without causing irritation or discomfort. SmartTrack is also durable and robust enough to withstand the pressure required to move your teeth into the desired position.
What do Invisalign aligners look like?
Invisalign aligners are clear, thin plastic trays that fit over your teeth. They are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teenagers who don’t want the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth, and each set of aligners is designed to move your teeth slightly closer to the desired position.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Invisalign was first introduced in 1999, and since then, it has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners use advanced 3D imaging technology to create a customized treatment plan that gradually shifts your teeth into the desired position.
Do doctors need special training to use Invisalign?
Yes, We offer Invisalign treatment must undergo special training to use the technology. Invisalign offers training courses and certification programs to ensure that dentists are adequately trained in using the system. Choosing a dentist with experience with Invisalign treatment is essential to ensure the best results.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Invisalign aligners work by applying controlled and consistent pressure to the teeth. Each aligner is designed to move specific teeth at different stages of the treatment. The aligners are made using advanced 3D imaging technology, allowing your dentist to create a detailed treatment plan tailored to your needs. Over time, each set of aligners gradually moves your teeth into the desired position.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Yes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Invisalign for straightening teeth. Invisalign aligners are considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA. The FDA has determined that Invisalign is safe and effective for straightening teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
While Invisalign achieves tooth movement through a different mechanism than traditional metal braces, the ultimate results are the same – a beautifully aligned smile. After completing the treatment, the use of a retainer becomes crucial in preventing teeth from shifting back out of alignment. Patients are encouraged to discuss retainer options and maintenance with our experienced team for more information and personalized guidance. Retainers play a vital role in preserving the results of Invisalign treatment and ensuring a lasting and confident smile.