[title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Invisalign® is now available in our office.[/title][fusion_text]
Now there is a new way to straighten teeth without braces. So invisible… no one will notice
Invisalign® uses a series of nearly undetectable aligners instead of brackets and wires. So, up close it’s really hard for people to tell you’re wearing Invisalign®. This treatment can give you the smile you’ve always wanted without the braces you’ve always avoided.
Diagnosis and treatment plan by an Invisalign®-trained dentist
Our office will give you an initial examination to determine if Invisalign® treatment is right for you. If it appears that Invisalign® is an option, we will take photographs, x-rays, and an impression of your teeth.
Dr. Matrullo will then complete further diagnostic analysis to verify that Invisalign® will work for you and create a treatment plan that will determine exactly how the teeth are straightened. At that time, we will be able to let you know if you qualify for orthodontic insurance benefits and the estimated cost and length of treatment.
When the treatment plan is complete, your records will be sent to Invisalign® along with your dentist’s instructions. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign® will translate the dentist’s instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners.
You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Each set of aligners will gradually move your teeth closer and closer to the desired result. You will need to wear these aligners all the time except when you are eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth.[/fusion_text][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”What is Invisalign®?” open=”no”]Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear removable aligners (pictured to the left) to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. dentists are certified to treat patients with Invisalign®.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two 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 your dentist has prescribed.
You’ll visit your dentist 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.
How Are Aligners Made? You’d Be Amazed…
The aligners are made through a combination of your dentist’s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology.[/toggle][toggle title=”The Technology Behind Invisalign®” open=”no”]You may wonder what goes on at Invisalign® between the time that your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and when you receive your first set of aligners. State of the art computer technology plays a vital role in the process. In fact, Invisalign®’s high-volume, customized manufacturing process is the first of its kind in the world. The diagram below shows some of the ways advanced computer technology fits into the Invisalign®.
|To ensure a high degree of accuracy throughout the process, impressions are taken of your teeth by your doctor.||Your doctor sends Invisalign® your impressions which are used to make plaster models of your teeth.||Using advanced imaging technology, Invisalign® transforms your plaster models into a highly accurate 3-D digital image.|
|From your approved ClinCheck file, Invisalign® uses laser scanning to build a set of actual models that reflect each stage of your treatment plan.||Using the Internet, the doctor reviews your ClinCheck file – if necessary, adjustments to the depicted plan are made.||A computerized movie – called ClinCheck® – depicting the movement of your teeth from the beginning to the final position is created.|
|Your customized set of aligners are made from these models, sent to your doctor, and given to you. You wear each aligner for about two weeks.||After wearing all of your aligners in the series, you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.|
|To ensure a high degree of accuracy throughout the process, impressions are taken of your teeth by your doctor.|
|Your doctor sends Invisalign® your impressions which are used to make plaster models of your teeth.|
|Using advanced imaging technology, Invisalign® transforms your plaster models into a highly accurate 3-D digital image.|
|A computerized movie – called ClinCheck® – depicting the movement of your teeth from the beginning to the final position is created.|
|Using the Internet, the doctor reviews your ClinCheck file – if necessary, adjustments to the depicted plan are made.|
|From your approved ClinCheck file, Invisalign® uses laser scanning to build a set of actual models that reflect each stage of your treatment plan.|
|Your customized set of aligners are made from these models, sent to your doctor, and given to you. You wear each aligner for about two weeks.|
|After wearing all of your aligners in the series, you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.|
[/toggle][toggle title=”Who it Works For.” open=”no”]A vast majority of adults and adolescents can be treated with Invisalign®.
Invisalign® treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, space closure, narrow arches, relapse, anterior intrusion, and limited treatment cases.
Match Your Teeth
Although only an Invisalign® certified dentist can determine if Invisalign® is right for you, there’s a quick way to tell if you might be a candidate. Take a look at some of the past Invisalign® patients below.
12 Upper, 7 Lower
13 Upper, 13 Lower
44 Upper, 27 Lower
28 Upper, 28 Lower
13 Upper, 13 Lower
Crooked Front Teeth
[/toggle][toggle title=”Getting Started” open=”no”]Getting started with treatment couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can be on your way to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile within weeks of visiting your dentist.
- Step 1: Visit Your Dentist
During this first step you will need to make an appointment with an Invisalign® Certified Dentist.
During the initial visit, your dentist will help you decide on your course of treatment. He will take bite impressions of your teeth and send them, along with a set of precise instructions, to Invisalign®.
- Step 2: Invisalign® Makes Your Aligners
Invisalign® uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform your bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. There may be as many as 48 in the series or as few as 12, depending on your individual treatment plan.
- Step 3: You Receive Your Aligners in a Few Weeks
During your next visit to your dentist, you will receive your first set aligners. Your dentist will most likely give you a few additional sets for you to wear before you return for your next visit.
- Step 4: You Wear Your Aligners
You’ll wear each set of aligners day and night for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months, but will vary from case to case. You’ll visit your dentist only about every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Step 5: You’ve Finished The Treatment
Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Frequently Asked Questions” open=”no”]How much does Invisalign® cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign® is heavily dependent on the complexity of a patient’s case. However, the cost is generally more expensive than traditional braces. For more information about specific cost information, call Paul J. Matrullo DDS PC and Associates at (401) 943-0644.
Does insurance cover Invisalign®?
Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage. However, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign® should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
How does Invisalign® effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign® Aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign® treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular, or jaw, joint. Individuals can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign®. To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact dental treatment, consult your Invisalign®-certified doctor. [/toggle][/accordian][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]
No metal wires and brackets
Because there are no metal wires and brackets, Invisalign® is more comfortable than traditional braces. And because they are removable, eating, brushing and flossing are no problem. You can still enjoy your favorite foods, and smile without holding back. With Invisalign®, there’s nothing to hide.
In both clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide, Invisalign® has been proven effective at straightening teeth. Treatment takes about the length of time as traditional braces and is far more comfortable. Thousands of patients are taking advantage of this revolutionary treatment.
Convenient treatment at our office
Throughout treatment, we will arrange for check-up appointments about every six weeks to make sure that treatment is progressing as predicted. As treatment nears completion, we will design a retention plan to help you keep your smile for life.
Talk to us today to see if Invisalign® is right for you
You can relax knowing that your treatment is being diagnosed and monitored by an Invisalign®-trained doctor. We will even be able to finish your case with tooth whitening dentistry if you desire, to give you a gleaming, bright smile.
Find out if Invisalign® treatment is an option for you to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call today at (401) 943-0644 for a FREE Invisalign® consultation.[/fusion_text]