What is Invisalign and why would I want it?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. In our office they are made with 3D computer imaging technology. No impressions are needed. The removable aligners allow you to eat and drink what you want, and it is easier to keep your teeth clean.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Ideally, you should wear trays for 22 hours a day. 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 their final positions. You'll visit us about once every ten weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Each time you come into the office, we check how your trays are fitting and how closely they match our Clincheck. Treatment time depends on how complex the tooth movement is and varies patient to patient.
Here are some things you should know about Invisalign and our office:
- At George Family Orthodontics – all we do is make teeth straight and fix bites.
- We are Orthodontists, which means that after we became dentists, we continued our education for 3 more years and focused only on tooth movement. We continue to take courses on a regular basis to keep up with the latest technology.
- We have treated THOUSANDS of patients ages 10-90 with Invisalign.
- We move teeth with Invisalign using the SAME knowledge we use to move teeth with braces.
- WE treat dentists, their families and maybe even your friends.
- Every now and then if Invisalign is just not working for you, we can switch to braces and finish up, at no additional charge.
- Invisalign isn’t for everyone, but sometimes we can use for a combination of Invisalign and braces to make it work for you!
Need more information??
Attachments are needed to move teeth. Since aligners can only push, attachments give the aligners something to push on.
Attachments come in all shapes and sizes, some are triangular, some are square, some have beveled, or flat surfaces and others are on inclines. Each attachment is specifically engineered and designed by Drs. George for your individual treatment. These attachments ensure that each tooth can be moved in a very specific and controlled direction.
GOOD BONY SUPPORT:
It is very important that your teeth be supported by the underlying bone to prevent bone loss and gum recession. This ensures a more stable result and reduces the chance of teeth shifting again once your treatment is complete. Drs. George will monitor this when you come in for your regular appointments. In order to ensure good bony support, Drs. George may do something known as…
IPR (INTERPROXIMAL REDUCTION)
This procedure entails Drs. George removing tenths of millimeters of enamel between certain teeth. By doing so, we are able to straighten your teeth while still keeping them supported by the bone underneath. This IPR requires precision and is often done at several appointments over the course of your treatment.
TOO MUCH CROWDING?
Sometimes you may have so much crowding that a tooth needs to be taken out instead of IPR– this is to preserve the health of your teeth, gums and bone. Spaces must be closed the right way to prevent them from re-opening after you are done with treatment. Drs. George know exactly how to do this.
Dr. George will work closely with your dentist to either close the spaces or make sure that the exact amount of space is created and held for your dentist to replace your missing tooth or teeth. This requires a great deal of collaboration between Drs. George and your dentist to make sure you get the best result. Usually people first have their teeth put into perfect position by Drs. George, so that their new crowns, or implants can be made to a perfect bite. It also makes it easier for your dentist to restore your teeth.
Dr. Debbie George, and Dr. Kelsey George, because they are Orthodontists, have spent an extra three years after they became dentists to study Invisalign. We can straighten teeth with braces, with Invisalign, and sometimes it’s a combination.
Dr. Debbie George and Dr. Kelsey George stand by their work. They will see you for one year after your treatment is complete to check your retainers. If you have any problems, questions, or emergencies, the office is here for you to address your needs. Give us a call if you have questions.
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For more information on Invisalign, you can visit the Invisalign website.