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Up until very recently, the only way to achieve beautifully straight teeth was to commit to wearing traditional metal braces. Unfortunately, this straightening method isn’t ideal for everyone. For one thing, they dramatically alter one’s appearance thanks to the amount of metal on the surface of the teeth. Plus, some find them to be uncomfortable as well as inconvenient. However, orthodontists now offer Invisalign treatment. This revolutionary straightening method is the result of advanced 3-D computer technology. Best of all, this straightening method is invisible.
Why Straight Teeth Matter
Many people are born with teeth that are crooked, crowded or unevenly spaced. In today’s society, straight teeth are highly valued. Therefore, those who suffer from misaligned teeth often feel insecure about their appearance and hide their smile as often as possible.
By straightening your teeth, you will find that your confidence will reach new levels. Achieving straight teeth dramatically improves your appearance. Besides making your teeth more attractive, undergoing a straightening treatment will balance out your facial bone structure and enhance the shape of your mouth.
Plus, having straight teeth will help you maintain good oral hygiene. When teeth are out of alignment, flossing and brushing properly can be a struggle. As a result, common problems like gum disease and tooth decay can occur over time. Therefore, undergoing a straightening treatment is extremely effective when it comes to preventing oral health problems.
Lastly, getting your teeth straightened aligns the jaw as well. If the jaw is misaligned, this can lead to a painful condition called TMJ disorder. This condition leads to headaches and facial pain.
Why You Should Feel Confident About Invisalign
This straightening method offers many advantages over traditional methods.
Instead of using brackets, elastics and wires, this treatment method involves a series of trays that fit comfortably over the teeth and slowly shift them into alignment over time. These trays are made of a clear and thin plastic material. Therefore, they are virtually invisible. Many patients find that most of their friends don’t even know that they are wearing them.
Another benefit of this straightening method is that these plastic aligner trays are easily taken out at any time. While other straightening methods require mechanisms that are semi-permanently attached to the teeth with a bonding material, these trays simply slip over the teeth and snap into place. Therefore, they can be removed quickly painlessly throughout the day.
With other straightening methods, patients have to be careful with what they eat as certain foods can break the straightening devices. This means that many patients who opt for more traditional straightening methods have to avoid some of their favorite foods. Fortunately, Invisalign’s removable nature allows patients to eat whatever they want just as before.
Because these trays are removable, patients don’t have to sacrifice good oral hygiene in order to achieve straight teeth. The trays are simply taken out when the patient is ready to floss and brush their teeth.
These trays are custom-designed by an orthodontist using advanced computer technology. As a result, they will fit comfortably. The smooth plastic material ensures that these trays will not irritate the tongue or inside of the mouth. Plus, this method is extremely gradual. Therefore, there won’t be any pain as the result of sudden movement of the teeth.
Most importantly, this straightening method is extremely effective. Thanks to the advanced technology behind this system, your orthodontist can ensure that each tooth moves into proper alignment.
How It Works
When you are ready to begin your straightening treatment, your orthodontist will have a mold taken of the inside of your mouth. This mold will be used to create a series of aligner trays. Your orthodontist will use computer technology to design each tray, ensuring a comfortable fit as well as the proper movement of teeth.
In order to ensure that your trays stay in place, your orthodontist will apply small buttons to the surface of some teeth using a special bonding material. This allows the trays to snap into place and remain in their proper positions throughout the day.
Your trays take TWO weeks to arrive at your orthodontist’s office, you may take them home at the same time. This allows you to straighten your teeth from home. Each tray numbered in chronological order. You will wear each pair of trays for two weeks at a time. Once the two weeks is over, you will simply replace your trays with the next pair in the series. Each pair of trays gradually shifts your teeth closer to perfect alignment.
About every eight weeks, you will visit your orthodontist so that he or she can make sure that your teeth are moving correctly. At the end of your treatment, you and your orthodontist will decide whether or not you have achieved the desired results. If your teeth are still slightly misaligned, you can wear a short series of refinement trays until you are satisfied. Once you have completed your treatment, you will wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth remain straight.
Cost of Treatment
In most cases, this treatment method costs about the same as treatment with traditional metal braces. The total cost will depend on several factors such as the length of treatment and whether or not any additional devices will be required.
Fortunately, payment plans and financing options are available so that this treatment can be affordable for everyone. Some dental insurance providers will cover at least a portion of your straightening treatment.
Length of Treatment
In many instances, patients can achieve perfectly straight teeth in less than one year. The exact length of treatment will depend on how severely misaligned your teeth are. The more misaligned your teeth are, the more aligner trays required.
Effectiveness of Treatment with Invisalign
This straightening method is highly effective when it comes to straightening teeth that are mild to moderately crowded, crooked or unevenly spaced. If your teeth are severely out of alignment, another straightening method may be more suitable.
Who is a Good Candidate for this Treatment?
People of all ages who have less severe cases of misalignment will benefit from this straightening method. This method is also popular among patients who had their teeth straightened years ago and have found that their teeth have since regressed back to their original misaligned position.
In order to find out whether or not this treatment is right for you, simply schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. During your consultation, your orthodontist will fully examine your teeth and allow you to openly discuss your orthodontic concerns. He or she may also take x-rays of your teeth in order to better understand your unique orthodontic needs. The internet is awash with questions and peoples journeys.
If you are ready to achieve beautifully straight teeth in a totally invisible, comfortable and convenient way, schedule a consultation with a licensed orthodontic specialist at The Schulhof Center today. Thanks to Invisalign’s innovative technology, you can finally have the gorgeous smile of your dreams. Contact us today and start an amazing journey to a beautiful new smile.
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The Schulhof Center at KinderSmiles
400 Kinderkamack Rd.
Oradell, NJ 07649
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Dr Schulhof graduated with high honours from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University.
His early interest in lingual orthodontics has led to him becoming the top provider for Incognito in the U.S. and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M and Incognito. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and was a major contributor to the development of Incognito Lite. Recently, New Jersey Orthodontist Dr Schulhof has opened a satellite practice in NYC.