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Invisalign®

What is Invisalign®?

In the United States, an estimated 74% of adults have crooked or misaligned teeth. Understandably, most of those with crooked teeth would rather not relive their teenage insecurities by succumbing to metal braces. Modern dentistry presents Invisalign® as a new way to successfully straighten teeth without the incessant worry of finding lettuce stuck between the wires.

Using clear, custom-made teeth trays, Invisalign® can correct crooked teeth, gaps, crowding, and bite problems without the pain, discomfort, and unsightly appearance of braces. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® also improves dental health and reduces the risk of future costly dental problems. Over four million people have already used Invisalign® to achieve a beautiful smile with perfectly straight teeth. Using Invisalign® is a key component of Dr. Sands’ comprehensive smile makeover program which utilizes multiple forms of cosmetic dentistry for a brighter, straighter, and more fulfilling smile.

The advantages of Invisalign® include:

Get rid of gaps
between teeth

Invisalign® gradually pulls the teeth into alignment and closes gaps so that teeth fit closely together as they should, removing “gap teeth”.

Correct
a crossbite

For adults with a crossbite, whether the upper teeth are closer to the cheek or tongue than the lower teeth, Invisalign® can adjust overall teeth alignment.

Straighten out
protruding teeth

Using Invisalign® can straighten protruding teeth or “buck teeth” for a healthier and more functional smile.

Pull together
an open bite

If there is a gap between your top and bottom teeth—known as an open bite—Invisalign® can pull the bottom and top teeth together so they make contact and line up properly.

Re-align
an underbite

If your lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth to form an underbite, Invisalign® can move the lower teeth back to align with the upper teeth and correct an underbite.

Enhance your
overall smile

Invisalign® can improve issues with your bite, overcrowded teeth, protruding teeth, and gaps in teeth to enhance your overall smile.

How does Invisalign® work?

Dr. Sands assists patients with Invisalign® treatment through three stages, including:

Your teeth will first be X-rayed and examined, after which an impression will be made. Dr. Sands will ensure that your teeth are properly fitted for your Invisalign® treatment, and a set of custom-designed teeth trays will be made for you. Dr. Sands will also evaluate whether you could benefit from accelerated Invisalign®, which can shorten the treatment process by up to 50 percent. If you are a good candidate for additional smile makeover options, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, Dr. Sands will advise you on your next steps.

You will be given your first set of trays to wear for 18 to 22 hours every day. These trays should only be removed for eating, drinking, and daily oral hygiene. Every two to three weeks, a new tray will be given to you to bring your teeth ever closer into alignment. The total number of trays you will go through is determined by the extent of treatment you need. Every six to nine weeks, Dr. Sands will monitor your progress to make certain your teeth are moving as they should.
After approximately six months to two years, your teeth will be fully straightened. You will be given retainers to wear a few nights per week to maintain your results.

FAQs

What is the difference between Invisalign® and metal braces?

Braces are permanently glued to your teeth until the treatment is finished, making it quite difficult to brush and floss around metal wires. Invisalign® is better for oral health because the trays can be simply removed to allow for convenient brushing and flossing. And unlike metal braces, the Invisalign® process never requires tooth shaving, or the removal of enamel from the teeth.

Additionally, unlike braces which are typically tightened and fitted with new bands once per month, Dr. Sands will only need to meet you once every six to nine months during your Invisalign® treatment. If desired, AcceleDent® can also be used to accompany Invisalign® and cut your treatment time in half.

Last, Invisalign® treatment is designed for adults and made to be unobtrusive and virtually invisible. The trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material and are fitted exactly to your teeth, allowing you to wear them without feeling self-conscious.

Do I qualify for treatment with Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can correct gaps, crooked or protruding teeth, crowding, and bite issues in nearly all adults. It can also be used for teens. Dr. Sands will carefully assess your teeth to confirm whether Invisalign® is right for you.
What are the benefits to straightening teeth with Invisalign®?
This comfortable and invisible teeth-straightening treatment can be used by nearly anyone who wants to improve their smile and keep their teeth healthy throughout their life. Invisalign® can correct gaps, teeth crowding, protruding or crooked teeth, and bite problems for nearly any adult to improve the appearance and functionality of the smile. Invisalign® is designed to be convenient, comfortable, and effective so that you can achieve better oral health and a brighter smile with an invisible treatment that fits your lifestyle.
How much will Invisalign® treatment cost?
The cost of Invisalign® is comparable to the cost of braces and ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. Dr. Sands can give you a personalized estimate based on the amount of correction needed for your smile. Many dental insurance companies also offer coverage for Invisalign® to reduce your expense. Bear in mind that the enormous benefits of Invisalign® can also preclude many oral health issues, saving you from costly dental procedures in the future.
What are the risks of having crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease, gum recession, excessive tooth pressure, chips and notches in the teeth, teeth fractures, premature wear, loose teeth, eventual tooth loss, jaw pain, earaches, headaches, and more. These effects typically worsen with time. Crooked teeth also inhibit daily oral hygiene and put you at greater risk of developing oral infections that could lead to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sands to learn more about how Invisalign® can help make your smile healthier and more beautiful for the rest of your life.

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