You deserve beautiful, straight teeth and we are here to help. Dr. Fiorentini is certified in both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. With its clear, invisible retainers, Invisalign can conveniently straighten most orthodontic problems and is a comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a set of custom clear aligners created specifically for you that helps guide your teeth into correct position over time. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and practically invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. There are no metal brackets and no metal wires to tighten! Every patient is different and every case is customized using the latest technology to insure that each tooth is in its ideal position. Treatment times will differ based on the complexity and severity of correction required. Every two weeks, a new aligner is worn as the teeth are moved to their desired final position. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life, and none of the painful wire tightening appointments or eating restrictions. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!
What Can Be Corrected?
- Crowding of Teeth
- Spacing of Teeth
- Rotated Teeth
Any one or a combination of the above issues is considered a problem called malocclusion and they can be corrected with Invisalign.
What is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is when your upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. This can be as small a single tooth out of position all the way up to a shift of an entire arch. When your teeth do not fit together well, it can lead to speech problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), inability to properly remove all plaque around teeth, TMJ problems, and neck and shoulder tightness which can lead to headaches.
Wear and Trauma
Malocclusion can create unnatural stresses and pressure on the teeth leading to wear of the biting surfaces and chipping of the tooth along the gum line, also known as abfraction lesions. This premature wear can lead to destruction of the tooth itself, and also the surrounding structures that support the tooth. Malocclusion also leads to
Malocclusion can cause increased difficulty in removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth. If proper hygiene cannot be maintained, the lingering plaque and bacteria can cause increased inflammation of the gums, leading to recession of the gums, bleeding, inflammation, and bad breath, all signs of periodontal disease.
Do I Need Invisalign?
Braces are not just for kids anymore. Dr. Fiorentini treats many adults with Invisalign, many of whom wore traditional metal braces in the past. Malocclusion, better known as crooked teeth, affects 74% of American adults. Grinding, cavities, wear, and loss of teeth are just some of the major reasons your teeth will continue to shift over time. Your teeth have a natural inclination to move towards the middle of the mouth, and if your teeth are not in line they could start to shift into an unnatural position. It could start as small as one tooth that is slightly rotated, but as time goes on these forces will lead to greater malocclusion. Poor aesthetics are just one of the consequences of malocclusion, crooked teeth can also lead to increased trauma of your teeth and lead to periodontal disease! Correction with Invisalign can prevent these maladies.
Clear Invisalign Aligners vs Braces
- Increased esthetics! – Aligners are practically invisible
- No restrictions on eating your favorite foods (just take your aligners out while eating)
- No worry about wires loosening or cutting up the inside of your mouth
- Easier to keep clean
- Allows for proper brushing and flossing for increased periodontal health
- Better approximation of completion time of the case
During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Fiorentini will discuss your case, answer any questions you may have, and help to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. You can take a smile assessment ahead of time to see if you might be a good candidate.
2. A customized treatment plan is created for you
X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to Invisalign to create a 3-D model. Dr. Fiorentini will determine the precise treatment plan, including the optimal movement of your teeth and final positioning. Your individualized plan will outline how many aligners are needed and the total treatment time. The total treatment time is specific to each case and the severity of the malocclusion.
3. Receive custom aligners
Invisalign aligners made of durable, comfortable, BPA-free plastic are fabricated and delivered to your dentist. Wear your aligners throughout the day (at least 20-22 hours!!) only removing to eat or brush and floss your teeth. Because the aligners are nearly invisible, most people won’t even notice you are wearing them!
4. Wear a new aligner every 2 weeks
As you wear each set of Invisalign aligners, your teeth will slowly shift. Approximately every two weeks, you will start a new set of aligners to continue this movement of your teeth through treatment. You will require occasional checkups with your dentist to monitor progress. Every two weeks you are one step closer to having that perfect smile!
5. Maintain your new smile!
Congratulations!! You have reached the end of Invisalign treatment and have the smile that you deserve. In order to protect your investment, retainers are recommended to keep your teeth in their final treatment position.
If you have always wanted a straight, beautiful smile, but are worried about the look of metal braces, give us a call to learn more about Invisalign.