Invisalign®: The clear alternative to braces
What if someone were to tell you that you could finally have straight teeth – without the metal wires and brackets? What if you used to have braces as a teenager and now as an adult a few teeth have shifted? The thought of going back to your orthodontist is a scary one, but what if you still want that straight smile back? Are you supposed to just watch your teeth continue to shift and crowd and not do anything about it? Maybe now you’re a parent who once had braces. Remember how tough it was for you to clean your mouth after a meal? Remember not being able to eat everything you wanted to, the inability to floss and brush with ease, the inability to keep your gums from bleeding all the time, and the inability to smile confidently in pictures? What if you could spare your own teenager from going through the same thing?
Things are changing in the dental orthodontic world. With the new Invisalign® system, orthodontic treatment has never looked or felt this good. Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit your teeth. You pop in a new aligner approximately every two weeks. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth until you have a smile you will be proud to show off.
Dr. Parveen Sultana and her staff are all highly trained and certified to offer this very selective service to their patients. In fact, Dr. Parveen Sultana has earned the prestigious Invisalign® Preferred Provider status that recognizes those dentists who have achieved a significant level of experience in treating patients. Set up a free consultation with Dr. Parveen Sultana and start the journey towards a new, straighter, more even smile.
Why choose Invisalign®over conventional braces?
Invisalign® aligners are practically clear. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign® a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign® aligners are removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and maintenance of good oral hygiene. Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. And since your office check-up visits don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll spend less time in the dental chair. After a thorough examination, photos, x-rays, molds, and bite records will be sent to the Invisalign® laboratories with specific directions from Dr. Parveen Sultana on the desired teeth movements and end result. Computer-generated virtual images will allow you to see how your teeth will look before your treatment is even started.
What are the drawbacks of having crooked teeth or malocclusion?
Most people don’t realize that having crooked teeth affects not only their appearance, but also their general health. One of the most common reasons people consider straightening their teeth is for cosmetic purposes. This is fine reason to get your teeth straightened, but as you make your decision, you should also be aware that malocclusion can contribute to gum disease, systemic health problems, joint pain, and premature wear of the teeth.
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by bacteria called plaque that accumulates under the tissues. When the gums are not cleaned properly – for example, due to difficulty in accessing certain areas because of excessive crowding – the tissue begins to bleed and becomes puffy and tender. With time, the gums and bone begin to recede, and eventually the poor bone support leads to loosening of the teeth.
At this point, your overall health can be compromised because of the large amounts of bacteria that are constantly being pumped in to your system. Numerous studies have been published that link periodontal disease to diabetes, low birth weight in newborns, lung disease, heart disease, and other medical problems. Finally, when the teeth are not in proper alignment, the abnormal stresses lead to chipping of the teeth at the edges and notching of the teeth at the gum line. The added pressure on the joint causes jaw pain and ear pain, and contributes to headaches. Whatever your reason may be – a better smile, improved health, decreased jaw pain or headaches, or prevention of premature wear of your teeth – Invisalign® aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into proper alignment.
What are Invisalign® aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material, are uniquely developed for the Invisalign® treatment plan and look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign® aligners and Vivera retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and it has been shown that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.
Will Invisalign® treatment be painful?
During the earlier stage of the treatment, some people report temporary discomfort for a few days after they start wearing a new aligner as the Invisalign® aligner gradually changes the alignment of their teeth. This is normal and is typically described as a mild feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign® is working as the teeth are moved to into their correct positions. Most patients start new aligners at night so they can sleep through the discomfort.
How often must I see Dr. Parveen Sultana during the Invisalign® process?
Recommendations differ from patient to patient, but usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Treatment lengths vary depending on the degree of malocclusion, but on average last anywhere from 9 to 18 months.
How can I prevent my teeth from moving again after treatment?
One similarity between conventional metal braces and the Invisalign® orthodontics is that retainers are needed after completion of treatment. The duration and length of time retainers need to be worn varies from person to person and depends on the initial severity of the misalignment. Dr. Parveen Sultana will discuss your options to ensure that your teeth stay in their new perfect position and to prevent your teeth from moving again.
How much will it cost?
The cost of Invisalign® is comparable to traditional braces – and more affordable than you think. The cost will vary depending on the complexity of the case, your insurance coverage, and the length of treatment. Dr. Parveen Sultana provides flexible and affordable payment plans with interest-free financing for up to 24 months. Check with your insurance coverage: As long you have orthodontic coverage, most insurance plans will cover Invisalign®.
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