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Invisalign is a system of clear plastic trays used as orthodontic devices; essentially Invisalign acts as clear braces. Invisalign trays fit precisely over your teeth and move your teeth gradually to an ideal arch-form, bite alignment, and beautiful smile.
Invisalign typically moves your teeth more quickly than traditional braces, and it does so invisibly. Other people will not know you are wearing braces because Invisalign trays are almost invisible.
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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Overall, Invisalign offers distinct advantages over conventional metal braces. It costs slightly more, but in the end, is well worth the price. They are more comfortable than metal braces, pose fewer risks to teeth and gums, and provide beautiful smiles much faster.
Simply put, clear aligners look better than metal brackets and wires. Adults wanting to fix their teeth prefer not looking like a teenager again. Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible and patients are not as self-conscious and self-esteem is not lessened.
If someone wants to remove them for a brief period of time they can. This means that you are not limited to what activities you can do or what food you can eat.
Since the aligners are removable one can brush and floss regularly. Gums are less likely to become red and inflamed. Also, a lot of people are worried about getting white spots on their teeth due to difficulty of cleaning around traditional braces.
No pain from sharp brackets and wires. Also, no injuries due to broken wires and brackets
Patients are able to see the predicted end result and estimated time of treatment from the start. Metal braces can be a trial-and-error situation that gives no clear idea of what is to come.
Invisalign is one of the simplest smile enhancements you can choose. The process starts with a consultation with one of our Atlanta Invisalign dentists. At your consultation visit, we will take several digital photographs of your teeth/smile and use our iTero digital scanning system to create fast, precise, 3D digital images of your teeth. We then map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and how long your treatment will be. You’ll even get to see how your teeth will move and preview your new beautiful smile! Digital scanning produces a much more accurate, seamless fit, which shortens your treatment time and allows us to better predict and manage your new, straight smile!
iTero from Atlanta Dental Spa from Top Invisalign Atlanta on Vimeo. Together, you and our experienced team will look over your photos and 3D scan and discuss the outcome you desire for your smile. We are expert listeners and will customize your plan to achieve your desired results. If you like your predicted “after" image of your smile, then you can choose to start treatment. This is a major benefit of Invisalign: you get to see the “after” images before you invest in the treatment.
Almost everyone is a great candidiate for Invisalign, it simply depends on what you want to fix and how complicated your case is. Invisalign is not always the best option for the most complicated cases. Sometimes more advanced orthodontic procedures are required for issues like large overbites, or in cases where the jaws need to be shifted. Invisalign can treat the following type of cases:
Invisalign is perfect for older teenagers and adults. This patient base especially enjoys Invisalign because of it transparency. The teenage years come with enough discomfort to have to worry about braces. The desire for a more transparent option is obvious. Children and younger teenagers do not always make good candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still growing.
Invisalign is easy and a major benefit is you can remove your trays for eating and brushing. Otherwise, your trays must remain in your mouth for no less than 22 hours per day. Patients are instructed to wear a retainer shortly after removing their braces. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to neglect their post-treatment obligations. Therefore, their teeth begin to shift to the position they were in before treatment. Invisalign is the same way. If you are not dedicated to your treatment, you won’t get the results you want.
For invisalign to work properly, you must wear your aligners 22 hours a day and not go more than one hour at a time without wearing the aligner.
These are small, tooth colored shapes that are attached to the teeth. They help the aligners to grab and position the tooth.
If the teeth are very crowded, it may be necessary reduce a small amount of tooth structure (tenths of a millimeter) between the teeth to create more room and speed up movement.
After your first full set of aligners, if your teeth are not exactly where we want them, it may be necessary to add additional aligners, called over-correction aligners. This is included in your case fee.
Retainers are needed after you complete your treatment. We recommend that our patients wear their retainers 22 hours a day for the first 3-6 months, and then every night thereafter.
Continue your recommended hygiene schedule in order to ensure the best tooth movement and protect the gum and bone during treatment.
Retainers are very important, whether you’ve used traditional metal braces or Invisalign. At first you will be required to wear your retainers 22 hours per day. This recommendation is based on many factors, including the severity of your initial problem, your age, and whether we are using the retainers to finalize a few tooth positions. The majority of our patients are on this schedule for 3-6 months. If the plan is followed then they can be reduced to wearing only at nighttime for 6 months. Nighttime only is highly recommended until 12 months of daily retainer wear has been accomplished.
After 12 months of continuous retainer wear, we often recommend that you continue to wear your retainers at night 3-5 times a week for life. The reason we recommend this cycle of wear is due to the slow shifting of teeth forward and inward as we get older. This movement occurs very slowly and in general takes decades to occur. However, it can be prevented through continued and consistent wear of retainers. We recommend that you replace your retainer every year to keep your smile looking the same way it looked the day you completed Invisalign. We can create enough retainers in advance so that you never have to worry about losing them, breaking them, or wearing them out, and it also saves money! We offer Vivera retainers from Invisalign. They are a set of four clear retainers, so you can use them or keep them for future use.
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