Dr Bong Kwoo Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Invisalign®

Is Invisalign right for you?
Here are some common concerns about treatment with Invisalign:

What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used to treat a vast majority of patients with fully-erupted molars. This commonly occurs between the ages of twelve and fourteen.

I am currently wearing braces – can I make the switch to Invisalign?
Some patients can be treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Talk with us about your interest in Invisalign and we can determine the best treatment for you.

Does the procedure work on overbites (overjets)?
An experienced doctor can use Invisalign to treat the vast majority of adults and adolescents.

Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
No, crowns are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes small composites called "attachments" are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements. In these cases, we must carefully evaluate the location of crowns. Contact us to find out if crowns will adversely impact your orthodontic treatment.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (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. Get in touch with us to find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact dental treatment.

Can Invisalign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.

Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they can offer significant resistance to tooth movement. We will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

Hygenic Benefits of Invisalign

Being in orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean giving up on good oral hygiene. And with Invisalign, keeping your teeth clean and healthy is easy!

Invisalign is removable for easier brushing and flossing:
You can eat, brush, and floss normally because Aligners are removable. Regular brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Your gum health may improve:
Research has shown that periodontal tissue health may improve with use of Invisalign Aligners during your orthodontic treatment.1

You can still eat what you want:
The Aligners are removable so you don’t have to worry about what you eat.

Cleanings are quicker and easier than with traditional orthodontics:
There are no brackets or wires to clean around as with braces. With maintenance of good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease can be reduced.

To learn more about Invisalign, give us a call, or ask us next time you’re in the office.

Top Ten Questions about Invisalign®

1. What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is the invisible new way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.

2. Does Invisalign really work?

Yes. In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

3. How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made "Aligners" are produced. Each "Aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

4. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

There are four primary benefits of Invisalign:
1. Invisalign is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
2. Invisalign is removable – you can eat and drink what you want in treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
3. Invisalign is comfortable – there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation; no metal or wires also means you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.
4. Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start – so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

5. What are aligners made of?

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

6. What do aligners look like?

Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."

7. Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

8. How old is this technology?

In 1945 Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day, modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align generates Invisalign, a series of customized appliances, called "Aligners". Each Aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

9. How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

Currently, doctors are treating more than 135,000 patients. The number grows daily.

10. 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.


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