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Improve Your Smile with Winter Springs Invisalign Treatment

Since 1980, Dr. Robert Burks and his dedicated staff have provided a range of high-quality dental services to the residents of Winter Springs, Oviedo, and the greater Orlando area. One of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services is Invisalign, which uses a series of clear, removable trays to slowly move your teeth into their desired position.

For adult patients who want to improve their smile discreetly, Invisalign is the perfect option. It’s a virtually invisible way straighten teeth, to give you all the confidence you need during treatment for greater self-esteem. Having straight teeth has countless benefits, both physical and psychological, and Dr. Burks would be happy to evaluate you and determine if Invisalign is right for you. Find out more about Invisalign and what to expect below.

How Invisalign Works

The Invisalign System combines cutting-edge 3D computer graphics technology with over a century’s worth of orthodontic science. The clear, smooth Invisalign aligners are designed just for you to gradually move your teeth, step-by-step, to the desired final position which is meticulously planned out by Dr. Burks. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your teeth at every stage of the treatment plan.

How to Begin Improving Your Smile with Invisalign

Every patient beings with an initial consultation appointment, to help determine if you’re a good fit for Invisalign. If Dr. Burks determines your orthodontic issue can be treated with Invisalign, he’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. We use our iTero Scanner to create high-quality images of your teeth and jaw with pinpoint accuracy. We’ll send the scans to Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, to have your aligners (as few as 12 and as many as 48) made just for you.

Once your aligners arrive at our office, we will ask you to come in to get them. You will be instructed to wear each aligner for about one week and to only remove them when eating and cleaning your teeth. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will be moving gradually, week-by-week, until the final alignment is achieved. 

Benefits of Invisalign

There are many benefits associated with improving your smile with Invisalign including:

  • No uncomfortable or unpleasant appointments to “tighten” the appliance, making for a smooth treatment process.
  • Higher levels of confidence and self-esteem during treatment, which can reap immediate benefits in your social and professional life. 
  • No food restrictions to worry about - eat whatever you want while improving your smile!
  • No need to worry about keeping your appliances clean all day, every day. Simply remove your aligners to eat, and brush/floss your teeth afterward.
  • Fewer required appointments to make as Dr. Burks only needs to see you periodically to check your progress
  • Can be used to treat many of the most common mild to moderate orthodontic problems. 

It is important to know that patient compliance is a “must” with Invisalign. In order for Invisalign to work, the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. So before beginning Invisalign treatment, you must be 100% sure that you will wear the aligners as directed.

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Invisalign Clear Aligners

 

Invisalign.When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.

As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
  • A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
  • More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are still some situations for which traditional braces would still be best. We would be happy to discuss this in detail with you.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic.

Invisalign Aligner.Here's how it works: Specialized computer software helps us design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.

In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign can only be successful if this is the case.

Caring for Your Teeth

As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.

Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.


Visit Your Winter Springs & Oviedo Cosmetic Dentist

To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, please call us directly at (407) 327-2030 or request an appointment online. Our office is conveniently located in Winter Springs, but we proudly serve patients in Oviedo, Casselberry, Longwood and more. We’re looking forward to your visit and helping you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve!