Invisalign Orthodontics in Baltimore
We are a general dental office in Baltimore, Maryland and we proudly offer the Invisalign® Orthodontic process to our patients who are interested in straighter and more esthetic looking teeth. Because these are clear aligners, we have seen a significant increase in the number of ADULTS coming to our practice to straighten their teeth.
How is Invisalign® Different from Traditional Braces?
Unlike traditional braces where you have metal bonded to your teeth, with Invisalign® you only need to wear “nearly invisible clear aligners” to move the teeth into the proper position. Because of the history of development and the millions of cases completed, the process has become very routine and predictable. By switching out a series of clear plastic custom-designed trays every 1-2 weeks, you gently move your teeth into proper position.
The technology to do this process is amazing. We utilize the iTero scanner to provide accurate digital scans to create a 3D model in color with a prescription to Align Technology and they move your teeth “virtually” into the proper position. Then they create a series of clear trays that gently move the teeth into the next step of the treatment. By changing out trays every 1-2 weeks, you are comfortably and slowly moving your teeth into a new position each time you change out to a new tray.
The digital scanning makes the process more streamlined and speeds up the process with very accurate impressions. Because of this, we are able to more confidently move your teeth into the correct position. Using the “SIMULATION MODE”, you can actually see what is possible with your own mouth before we submit your case!
Patients with a strong gag reflex appreciate that they don’t need to have a tray filled with goop in their mouth for two-three minutes just to make impressions of the teeth. The scanner makes this step more comfortable and quicker.
What Can I Expect with These Aligners?
The first few days with each new tray may be slightly uncomfortable because it is “pushing or pulling” your tooth into a new position, but within 2-3 days, you won’t even know they are in there. Each tray is worn approximately 22 hours a day to get maximum benefit. You can remove the trays to eat, speak at special events, or clean your teeth. The exact movements for each tooth are planned out multiple steps in advance, giving us predictable results.
When you come in for your brief orthodontic visits, you basically are trading in your old trays for a new set of trays. Most of the time, we will give our patients 2-3 sets of trays at a time, in order to best monitor the progress and make sure the teeth are “tracking” properly and fitting snugly.
Upon completion of “active treatment” we do suggest that our patients wear a “passive retainer” to stabilize and maintain the bite and new position of the teeth. Since the retainers are similar to the active aligners, it is usually a comfortable transition. Again, these retainers are so discreet, most people will not even know you are wearing them! We will discuss with each patient how long we feel the retention phase should be. As will traditional orthodontics, without wearing a retainer, your teeth may shift back slightly so to avoid that we encourage all our patients to wear the retainer upon completion of treatment.
CASE 1. Upper Front teeth rotated and upper arch expansion
CASE 2. Lower anterior crowding and lower arch expansion
CASE 3. Upper arch crowding and rotations corrected with expansion-
CASE 4. Significant ortho spacing correction in the front teeth-
How long does it take to do Invisalign® Treatment?
The typical treatment timeframe for Invisalign® can vary between 9-24 months. This will depend upon the complexity of the individual case. In those orthodontic cases with severe crowding, larger spacing, or skeletal discrepancies, we might refer out to an orthodontist. Because of the millions of cases completed with Invisalign® each year, they are able to give us a relatively accurate idea of how many months it will take to complete your treatment ahead of even starting it!
Minor crowding of the lower teeth can often be completed with as few as 5 – 10 trays! Again, one big advantage is that you don’t have metal brackets on the teeth that make it difficult to clean around, or wires that can pop off and poke the gums or lips.
Can Invisalign® be used for all orthodontic treatment?
While approximately 80% of the cases qualify for Invisalign® clear aligners, there are times when traditional orthodontics may be indicated. This would include any of the following:
- Compliance challenges with wearing the trays for at least 22 hours a day.
- Children with “mixed dentition” where you have a combination of adult and baby teeth in the mouth. Teeth are “erupting” and teeth are “falling out”, makes it challenging for adapting the trays.
- Skeletal discrepancies. If a person has a severe overjet or under bite, or cross bite that we are trying to correct, these types of conditions may be better treated with external forces that can best be applied using brackets and wires and rubber bands.
- Severe uprighting of tilted teeth over 45 degrees angle.
- Closing larger spaces. Since the forces are usually applied to the crown of the tooth, it may be hard to physically move the root along with the tooth without adding additional lower forces onto the teeth when trying to close spaces.
Call our office in the Baltimore area – Randallstown, MD, to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign® Orthodontics. Let our experienced dentists David A. Daniel, DDS help you make your smile it’s best. (410) 457-8548.
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