Developed by Align Technology, Invisalign is a recent orthodontic innovation that replaces metallic braces with clear mouth trays to straighten crooked teeth. Dr. Rinando recommends Invisalign for patients with mild to moderately crooked teeth, for correcting overbites/underbites or for eliminating gaps between teeth.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is not made of hard metal but pliable, hypoallergenic, plastic materials that do not cut into gums, scrape sensitive oral tissues or damage tooth enamel. Virtually invisible when worn, Invisalign trays are also removable, which means patients can properly clean teeth and gums throughout treatment. Alternately, metal braces are glued to teeth, cannot be removed during treatment and often promote halitosis, gingivitis and enamel pitting.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Dimensions of each Invisalign aligner tray are predetermined by Dr. Rinando using software to plan the repositioning of each tooth involved in the process. Digital images of the patient’s upper and lower teeth can be manipulated to show the progression of tooth movement enforced by several, dimensionally different, Invisalign tray aligners. With this software, patients can actually see how their teeth will be repositioned after treatment is completed.
Invisalign patients experience subtle movement of their teeth that does not cause mouth the amount of soreness associated with metal brackets and wires. In addition, dental enamel will not be stained or pitted after treatment with Invisalign, since the plastic material lays smoothly over enamel.
The Invisalign Process
Every two weeks, patients replace old Invisalign trays with new ones until teeth are straightened to the patient’s satisfaction. Dr. Rinando measures the movement of your teeth every few weeks to ensure specifications of the aligner trays are performing as they should be.
Invisalign tray dimensions vary depending on the severity of a patient’s teeth misalignment.
Since the success of an Invisalign treatment depends on the ability of the trays to consistently employ kinetic forces on teeth to effect movement, patients need to wear trays at least 22 hours a day, only removing trays to eat and brush their teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Trays are removable to facilitate oral hygiene
- Minimizes continual discomfort common to wearers of metal braces
- Clear trays are nearly invisible to others
- Does not promote tooth discoloration, pitting or decay (common complaints of those wearing metal braces)
- Since trays can be removed and replaced easily, wearers can eat whatever they want without worrying about loosening or damaging metal braces
- Does not require patients undergo painful wire tightening each month. In fact, Invisalign patients need to visit Dr. Rinando only every four to six weeks to receive new trays and for measuring the movement of your teeth
While Invisalign trays are not for everyone, they can replace metal braces in most cases and restore smile aesthetics.
For more information about Invisalign technology, visit How Invisalign Works or contact 6th Sense Dental to discuss the Invisalign process with Dr. Rinando and her staff.