What is it?
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective over the past 12 years.
Why would I want it?
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
We are one of the few offices to have the state-of-the-art Itero Digital Impression Scanner.
Align technology recently unveiled their "Itero Scanner" which is the latest and greatest invention for taking digital impressions of the teeth. One of the greatest benefits is that the impressions are the most accurate of any other type of impression method, but patients love it because it means the end of the gooey impression material!! And no gagging!!! We are really excited to be able to offer our patients this top-notch technology!
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only
to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the
next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week
by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr.
Jarrell has prescribed. You'll visit Dr. Jarrell about once every 6
weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total
treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners
worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from
case to case.
Treatment with Invisalign aligners will not work for everyone. If you are interested, please contact our office to set up a complimentary initial consultation. At this appointment Dr. Jarrell will inform you if Invisalign is right for you, and if not, what other options are available to you.
Once you are out of braces and have your beautiful, straight
teeth, you will be fitted with an upper and lower retainer. Although
movement may be slight, your teeth will not stay perfectly straight
if you do not wear your retainers as instructed. Even teeth that have
not been moved with Orthodontics will move over time from the forces
of biting, clenching, grinding, and fillings or crowns, so it is imperative
to wear your retainers as instructed upon completing your treatment.
You will go down to a few nights a week and then over
time, just a few nights a month. Retainers are a lifetime commitment.
At no point in time will you ever stop wearing your retainers completely!
Just remember this, “stop wearing your retainers, when you would
like to go through treatment again.”
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