What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit each patient’s upper and lower teeth. When you come in for a consultation we will first determine if Invisalign is right for you based on your needs and goals for treatment. Then impressions will be taken of your smile, which will be sent to a lab where they will make you a unique series of Invisalign aligners. Each aligner is created to shift certain teeth into their proper position, as predetermined by us beforehand.
What Is The Invisalign Treatment Like?
Once your aligners are created you will come in for your first fitting to make sure everything looks and feels its best. Each aligner can be removed but should still be worn for a minimum of 22 hours every day. The only times Invisalign should be removed is prior to eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
Every two weeks you will pop in a new set of aligners until your treatment is over. Invisalign is an ideal option for teens and adults looking to achieve a straighter smile with little interference to their daily lives. Since Invisalign can be removed, unlike traditional braces, there are no dietary restrictions or changes to your oral regime. Invisalign makes it easy to go about your life without having to change everything for your treatment.
How Long Does The Invisalign Treatment Take?
On average, treatment typically takes about one year for adults and for teens the length of treatment is comparable to wearing traditional braces. When you come in for your consultation we will be able to give you an estimate on how long your orthodontic treatment should take.
If you are dealing with common malocclusions like overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites, as well as gaps between teeth and overcrowding then it’s time to find out if Invisalign could help get you on the right track to a healthier, more attractive smile.
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Other Dental Services
In general dentistry, the dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) parts of the body.
From minor tweaks to major makeovers, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic services to fit any patient’s needs, lifestyle and oral health.
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal.
Sealants act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
Invisalign’s® invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them. Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers.
Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on the chewing surfaces of teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing cavities—even on teeth where decay has begun.
When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted.
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals.
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any patient, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. Please contact our office as soon as possible.
Soft tissue grafts are sometimes performed to treat gum disease, or correct other abnormalities. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from the palate or another donor source to cover an exposed root in order to even the gum line and reduce sensitivity.