By Greg Herzler, DDS
February 18, 2014
Tags: clear aligners
Your Invisalign aligners are fabricated at the Align Technologies dental laboratory using computer-aided design and are sent to Dr. Herzler, who will dispense them in groups of one or two at a time during your regular check-up appointments for proper management of the straightening process.
The Invisalign process requires a set of impressions and photographs of your teeth, which are taken during the initial consultation. Once the impressions are made, they are used to create a three-dimensional computer projection of how your teeth will be moved in increments. This process forms the basis for developing a series of custom-made aligners that are designed to accomplish the movement of your teeth to their final desired position.
Using a series of clear, removable custom-made trays, you can discreetly and gradually straighten and align your teeth over the course of several weeks. You will replace your aligners every two weeks in order to gradually shift your teeth until the desired position is reached. Each set of trays is designed to gradually move your teeth toward their final position.
The Invisalign Advantage for Saginaw Patients
Because Invisalign uses clear aligners to position your teeth, you can maintain your active lifestyle during treatment. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners have no metal bands or wires to irritate your mouth, so you can enjoy normal activities as usual. And since Invisalign is removable, just take the aligners out for special events or to enjoy a chewy treat.
Compared to other tooth straightening methods and procedures, Invisalign offers an array of benefits that make this method the clear choice for correcting your crooked teeth.
- Virtually invisible trays make it difficult to notice you’re undergoing treatment
- Removable trays allow you to eat, drink, brush and floss normally
- Invisalign is more comfortable compared to traditional braces, meaning less irritation to your mouth caused by wires, metals and brackets
- 3-D computer imaging technology allows you to visualize the final outcome of your teeth alignment
- No wire tightening means fewer dental appointments
Treatment time for Invisalign varies from case to case, but for most patients Invisalign treatment can be completed on average between 9-15 months. And because Invisalign is removable, comfortable and nearly invisible, most people will never know you're straightening your teeth—unless you tell them. At the end of your Invisalign treatment, you’ll feel more confident with your new and improved smile.
Contact Dr. Gregory Herzler, your Saginaw dentist, today for more information on Invisalign and to learn if the clear aligners are an appropriate system for straightening your smile.