A Revolutionary Orthodontic Solution
Invisalign® is a popular orthodontic treatment that has gained widespread popularity in recent years. It is an alternative to traditional metal braces using clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Dr. Stephen Grussmark, your South Florida orthodontist specialist, invites patients to explore the technology behind Invisalign aligners. Discover what makes Invisalign the superior method for straightening your smile!
How Are Invisalign Aligners Created?
Invisalign is designed to gradually move your teeth into their desired position over time. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced with the next one in the series.
The key to Invisalign’s effectiveness lies in computer-aided design (CAD) technology. Your Brickell orthodontist will take a 3D digital scan of your teeth, which helps create a virtual treatment plan. This treatment plan shows how your teeth will move with each aligner, allowing Dr. Grussmark to predict the outcome of your treatment before it even begins.
Once your virtual treatment plan is finalized, a series of custom-made aligners are created using 3D printing technology. Each aligner fits snugly over your teeth, applying gentle pressure to move them into their desired position.
How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?
When you wear your aligners, they apply gentle, constant pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. The pressure is targeted to specific areas of your teeth, helping to achieve precise movements and results. Invisalign aligners target specific teeth or groups of teeth, allowing efficient movement.
As your teeth shift into place, new bone is created to support the teeth in their new position. This is why it’s crucial to wear aligners as directed, as consistent pressure is necessary to achieve the desired results.
Invisalign Aligners vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional metal braces work by attaching brackets to your teeth connected by wires and tightening over time to gradually shift your teeth into position. While effective, traditional braces can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and require frequent adjustments.
In contrast, Invisalign aligners are clear, practically invisible plastic. They can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, making oral hygiene simpler and more convenient. Additionally, Invisalign aligners generally require fewer office visits than traditional braces since there are no wires to adjust.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
Yes, Invisalign can be as effective as traditional braces for treating many orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. The effectiveness of Invisalign ultimately depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues and your commitment to wearing aligners as directed by your orthodontist. In some cases, traditional braces may be a more effective treatment option.
Are there any age restrictions for Invisalign treatment?
There are no specific age restrictions for Invisalign treatment, as it can be used for adults and teenagers. Invisalign Teen is an ideal option for teenage patients looking to straighten their smiles without braces. Invisalign may not be the best option for young children who still have developing teeth.
What is the Invisalign success rate?
The success rate of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the individual case and the level of compliance with the treatment plan. However, studies have shown the success rate of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional braces. With proper use and adherence to the treatment plan, Invisalign can be a highly effective way to achieve a straighter, healthier smile.
Do you have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes, it’s important to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment to maintain the results achieved by the aligners. The retainer helps to hold your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how often to wear your retainer and for how long to ensure the best results.
Begin Your Invisalign Journey with Our Florida Orthodontist Today!
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign, schedule a consultation with our Brickell, FL, orthodontist specialist to discuss your options. Dr. Grussmark can assess your unique orthodontic needs and determine whether Invisalign is the proper treatment for you.
Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards a healthier, straighter smile! Call our office today at 786-563-4973 or book an appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form.