What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the clear and comfortable alternative to braces. While traditional braces may produce beautiful results, many patients refuse treatment due to their unattractive appearance
during treatment. Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
The Invisalign® process has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. Invisalign® is also being integrated in the curriculum of many dental schools nationwide. However, only certified dentists like Dr. Levine can undertake this procedure.
What is the process?
The first step in the process involves an exam and a diagnostic work-up, including several impressions and photos. If Dr. Levine confirms that you are a candidate for invisalign, a searies of custom fit, snap-on retainers will be computer generated from information gathered during your first visit. Each set of aligners must be worn for 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. Levine has prescribed.
Throughout your treatment you’ll visit us about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 11 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
As with all orthodontic treatment, patients may experience some discomfort for a few days following the beginning of a new aligner. Remember, the pain is a good thing – it signals that your treatment is working. After treatment has been completed, it is very important to wear a retainer at night , otherwise the teeth are likely to shift.
Like all orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can potentially aggravate the TMJ joint or jaw bone. Consult Dr. Levine if you have problems in this area. In some very complicated cases, Invisalign treatment might not be possible. Dr. Levine will discuss your specific case with you during your consultation appointment.