You deserve beautiful, straight teeth and we are here to help. Dr. Fiorentini is certified in both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen and has over a decade of experience, successfully treating a variety of cases. 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 clear, custom aligners created specifically for you that help to guide your teeth into their ideal position over time. These clear 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! Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements that Dr. Fiorentini plans out for you.
Every patient is different, and every case is customized using the latest technology to ensure that each individual tooth will end up is in its ideal position. Treatment times will differ based on the complexity and severity of the correction required. Every 1-2 weeks, a new aligner is worn as the teeth are moved to their desired final position. You’ll achieve your ideal 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, an imperfection of the positioning of your teeth. While the treatment time and process can differ slightly depending on your particular case, each of these problems can be corrected with Invisalign. Click on any of the above to learn more about each type of malocclusion and to see how they can be corrected.
What is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is when your upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. This can be as small as a single tooth out of position, all the way up to a shift of an entire arch. When your teeth do not fit together properly, it can lead to speech problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), the inability to properly remove all plaque around teeth, TMJ problems, tooth chipping or fracturing, and neck and shoulder tightness which can lead to headaches.
It is never too late to treat these problems, and Invisalign is the perfect way to make these corrections in an aesthetic manner.
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. 74% of American adults suffer from some form of malocclusion. 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 can start as small as one tooth that is slightly rotated, but as time goes on these forces will lead to greater malocclusion. Moreover, grinding, cavities, tooth wear, and loss of teeth can play a major role in shifting your bite over time. Correction with Invisalign can prevent these maladies. You can find out if you are a good candidate for treatment with Invisalign by taking their smile assessment!
Tooth Wear, Trauma, and TMJ
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 enamel and dentin of the tooth itself, as well as the surrounding structures that support the tooth. If nothing is done to stop the increased stress, it can lead to increased sensitivity in the area, and even the need for a root canal in extreme cases.
When you chew your food, your jaw does not move in just and up and down motion. Instead, your jaw moves in a cyclical motion in the path of least resistance. If there are interferences due to malocclusion, your jaw will compensate and stretch more to one side, which puts increased stress on one side of the joint. Over time, this increased stress can lead to popping or clicking of your joint, possibly leading to TMJ disorders if left untreated.
Malocclusion can not only cause an increase in the amount of food that gets caught between your teeth, but also leads to an increased difficulty in removing plaque and bacteria from between your teeth. If more food is being trapped and proper hygiene cannot be maintained, the lingering plaque and bacteria can cause increased inflammation of the gums. Short term increase in inflammation of the gums leads to a condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause red, swollen gums that may bleed and be pain when brushing. Gingivitis is reversible and can be corrected with proper home care over an extended period of time. If gingivitis is left untreated, the inflammation will lead to recession of the gums, increased bleeding, bad breath, and eventually breakdown of the supporting bony structures. All of these symptoms are signs of periodontal disease, a much more serious and irreversible disease.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Utilizing the latest advancements in clear aligner orthodontic therapy, Invisalign allows our office to provide exceptional results in less time than some traditional approaches using metal braces, with less discomfort and potential unwanted side effects! One of Invisalign’s greatest advantages over traditional braces is that it does not create any unwanted tooth movement, which reduces the overall treatment time. In fact, many of our Invisalign patients can be treated in less than a year!
Other important aspects of Invisalign treatment that cannot be matched with traditional metal braces are predictability and freedom. Your entire Invisalign treatment is precisely mapped out and reviewed by Dr. Fiorentin before your aligners are fabricated, ensuring that there is no unnecessary movement or appointments. We are able to have a predictable time period with which your treatment will be completed, as long as compliance is achieved. We are also able to set your appointments up accordingly so that there are less adjustments needed. Without the metal brackets and wires, there are almost no emergency appointments either!
Advantages of Clear Invisalign Aligners vs Braces
- Increased aesthetics! – 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
Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligner trays that you change every one to two weeks. Each subsequent set of aligner trays is shaped just a bit differently in order to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions. All of this is accomplished without the need for the uncomfortable and non-aesthetic traditional metal brackets and braces.
Fiorentini Family Dentistry is currently rated a top Invisalign Provider. We have earned this distinction because we consistently produce excellent clinical results, offer unmatched expertise in the field of comprehensive dentistry, and have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is always striving to provide amazing customer service. Our office also has the latest in Invisalign 3D technology with our CEREC Opticam scanner. This intra-oral scanner eliminates the need for uncomfortable and messy impressions previously needed for Invisalign treatment.
With the CEREC Opticam scanner, the efficiency and accuracy of duplicating your teeth is increased exponentially, resulting in better fit of aligner trays, more effective treatment, and optimum final results.
During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Fiorentini will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation and inform you as to whether Invisalign is the best treatment for you. He will discuss your particular case, answer any questions you may have, and provide an estimated total treatment time.
- 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 3D model. Our office has the latest in Invisalign 3D impression technology with our CEREC Opticam scanner which provides efficiency and accuracy that is unmatched by messy traditional impressions, resulting in better fit of aligner trays, more effective treatment, and optimum final results.
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.
- Receive custom aligners
Invisalign aligners made of durable, comfortable, BPA-free plastic are fabricated and delivered to your dentist’s office within a few weeks of completing your digital impressions. You need to wear your aligners throughout the day (at least 20-22 hours!!) only removing them to eat or to brush and floss your teeth. Because the aligners are nearly invisible, most people won’t even notice you are wearing them!
- 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. Each week brings you one step closer to having that perfect smile!
Depending on your particular treatment plan and the required tooth rotation, you may require an Invisalign attachment to be placed on certain teeth. The role of the attachment is to help lock the aligners even more tightly to your teeth and to assist in efficient movement. These attachments are made of the same composite bonding material that we use for our tooth colored restorations. We can match the shade of your teeth, so these attachments are invisible and can be added or removed at any time.
Dr. Fiorentini will give you a few aligners at a time to take home and will want to see you every six to ten weeks to monitor your progress. Usually this is a straightforward, routine visit, but occasionally we will need to make some necessary adjustments before giving you your next sequence of aligners.
As you progress through your treatment, there may come a time that we need to make an additional refinement to provide you with the optimum final result. Some teeth have difficult, more advanced movements and may not move as initially planned. In this case, we will re-scan your mouth with our CEREC Opticam and submit for additional aligners. We are perfectionists at Fiorentini Family Dentistry, and will accept nothing less than the optimum result. We will always strive to provide the best treatment that we can, and any refinement is included in the cost of your total treatment.
- 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. Your final retainers are custom made for you with a resilient acrylic that provides the stability to maintain your ideal smile. We must stress that these retainers are a very important part of your treatment. In order to keep your teeth straight for the long term, retainers must be worn consistently to bed every night. If they are not worn, there is a chance that your teeth may relapse towards their original position. If your retainers are lost or damaged, it is your personal responsibility to contact us immediately to get a new set made.
- Recall Visits
Now that your teeth are in their ideal position, it is time to maintain their health and beauty. We will see you every 4-6 months for your hygiene visits. Please bring your retainers with you at each visit so that we can ensure that they still have the proper fit and have not been worn to the point of ineffectiveness. If you are wearing your retainers every night as you should be, you will need a replacement set every once in a while. If you are a clencher or grinder, you may need to replace them even more frequently, but your teeth will have added protection from the resilient retainer appliance!
Choose the right dental home for you!
At Fiorentini Family Dentistry, you are more than a patient, you are a part of our family.
We take pride in offering the highest quality dental care and personalized dental service to each and every patient. Our dentists and staff stay current with state of the art cosmetic dentistry treatment, including the latest dental advancements in restorative and surgical procedures.
Fiorentini Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care at both of our locations in Highland Park and Monroe Twp. Because we treat all aspects of dentistry, we can provide unparalleled expertise to not only move your teeth in an optimum position for esthetics, but also for function and overall health. When you are treated with Invisalign, there is much more going on than just the movement of your teeth. Your periodontal condition can affect the health of the gums and supporting bone, the shape of your teeth can affect where we want to have the final tooth placement for additional aesthetic bonding or veneers, and the angulation and final position of your teeth will affect how you chew your food and misplacement can lead to TMJ problems long term. Completing treatment in our office ensures that all these aspects and more are always considered when planning every case so that you have your ideal smile and much, much more.
The types of clear braces that we provide are: Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and MTM (for minor anterior tooth movement). Whatever the issue may be, we are here to ensure that with our precise mix of cutting-edge technology and time-proven methods, we will give you a smile you can be proud of!
We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve!
Remember, your initial exam is on us! Schedule your appointment today!
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.