New advancements in orthodontics make it possible to have braces which are practically invisible!
Invisalign® is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, customized removable appliances called "aligners" - no brackets or wire! Invisalign uses incredible three-dimensional computer imaging technology to create your aligners. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Narula can determine if Invisalign is right for you. The examination enables her to develop precise treatment instructions. Invisalign uses their cutting-edge technology to translate her treatment plan into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners - as few as 10 or as many as 48. Patients wear each aligner for about 2-3 weeks, removing it only for eating, brushing and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move gradually, millimeter by millimeter, week by week, to the final stage of alignment Dr. Narula prescribed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How often must I wear my aligners?
A: 24 hours daily - remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss.
Q: Are there restictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
A: No! Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you may eat whatever you like while in treatment! It is important to brush your teeth and aligners after eating prior to re-inserting to maintain proper hygiene.
Q: Will wearing aligners affect my speech?
A: Like any type of orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you talk - the quicker you'll adjust!
Q: Is there much discomfort with Invisalign treatment?
A: Typically described as pressure, minor discomfort for a day or two is experienced at the initial insertion of each new stage. This is a sign that Invisalign is working - sequentially moving teeth to their final destination.
Q: Will cigarette smoking stain the aligners?
A: What a great time to kick the habit! We discourage smoking with aligners because it is possible for them to become discolored.
Q: Can I chew gum?
A: Gum will stick to the aligners; remove them to chew or snack.
Q: What's the best way to clean aligners?
A: Brushing them with a gentle toothpaste and lukewarm water will keep them clean and fresh.
Q: How often must I see Dr. Narula while wearing Invisalign?
A: Regular appointments every six weeks will be needed. This will ensure treatment is progressing as planned.
Q: What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving?
A: RETAINERS! All orthodontic patients (whether traditional braces or Invisalign cases) at Dr. Narula's office are instructed to wear retainers forever (just at night!). Studies and statistics provided by the American Association of Orthodontists have shown that teeth can and will move at any time. Sleeping in retainers at night forever ensures a healthy bite and fabulous smile will be maintained for life!
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign Homepage.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.