Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that gently moves your teeth into position. They are invisible, removable and most importantly comfortable. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life.
Dr. Tau and Invisalign Premier Provider with over 400 lifetime case starts will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
Dr. Tau will take radiographs, a series of photos and Digital impressions of your teeth using the new Itero Element , which Invisalign will use to create a digital simulation of your teeth . From these images Dr. Tau and Align Technology will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology Dr. Tau will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately 9-15 months.
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat, drink anything but water or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with Dr. Tau , usually every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
When treatment is finally completed you will need to wear removable retainers to keep the finished position of your teeth. A combination of all day use in the beginning followed by at night use only after 6 months will ensure that your teeth remain in the a stable position.
At The Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence, we can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with Invisalign®. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Tau, contact our office.