Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that Los Gatos Orthodontist Dr. HagShenas will use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of tooth aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements that Dr. HagShenas plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that you won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Advantages of Invisalign
Cosmetic concern is the major benefit of the Invisalign treatment: the aligners are completely transparent, unlike the traditional wire and bracket braces. In addition, the aligners are more comfortable than traditional metal braces and are removable which makes the tooth straightening process so much easier.
During the tooth straightening process, you will “graduate” to a new set of Invisalign aligners approximately every two weeks. There is less force per week and less pain from Invisalign than with traditional metal braces as these wire braces need to be adjusted approximately once every six weeks and greater force is applied.
Computerized treatment planning will allow you to review the projected smile design, learn how long the treatment is likely to take, compare different plans, and make a more educated decision about whether or not to use Invisalign.
In the initial stage, Dr. HagShenas begins by taking dental impressions, x-rays and photographs of your teeth. The impressions are put through a CT scan from which a computer creates a three-dimensional model of your teeth. Your teeth are then individualized in the computer model and moved to their final position as prescribed by Dr. HagShenas. The Invisalign software then simulates the movement of the teeth in stages which Dr. HagShenas reviews and approves or modifies until the alignment plan is set. Once approved, a plastic resin aligner is manufactured for each stage of the computer simulation and you begin by wearing the first aligner in the series.
The average treatment time for Invisalign is about 1 year, and again it depends on the complexity of the treatment. Simple treatments (minor crowding, minor spacing) may take as short as 140 days. Although the aligners are removable, they must be worn at least 20 to 22 hours per day to avoid delaying the treatment process. If they are not worn consistently, treatment time will increase.
Like other orthodontic teeth straightening systems, there is some flexibility in the Invisalign process. The final position of the teeth is not completely determined by the last aligner and if you want to further change the position of your teeth, new aligners can be ordered.
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We will provide you with excellent, Orthodontic and teeth straightening services using the Invisalign process, and will make sure your visit to our dental office here in Los Gatos & San Jose will be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Give us a call at 408.377.5134 or send an email to ContactUs@SVSmileSolutions.com and we look forward to hearing from you.