How Invisalign it works
After a thorough examination, Dr. Bockow will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign therapy. You will have the chance to discuss all of your concerns and treatment goals. She and her staff will obtain orthodontic records.Then she will design a treatment plan just for you. She can show you the virtual treatment plan at any point during your treatment.
Your First Invisalign Visit
Dr. Bockow and her team will give you your first set of aligners and show you how to take them in and out. You will be able to brush, floss, and eat without the trays in, but they should remain in your mouth at least 22 hours per day. You then will progress to the next set of aligners every two-three weeks.
Enjoy watching your teeth straighten! You will notice changes almost immediately in the way your teeth line up – but hardly anyone will notice that you are undergoing orthodontic therapy!
The average treatment time ranges from 12 to 24 months. Dr. Bockow has ways of speeding up treatment, ask her how during your complimentary Invisalign consult.
The Advantages over Braces
While the results may appear the same—a confident, beautiful smile—when you stop and actually compare Invisalign® to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.
|Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.||Yes||Yes|
|Straightens your teeth||Yes||Yes|
|Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy||Yes||No|
|Lets you remove the device when you want||Yes||No|
|Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health||Yes||No|
|Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.||Yes||No|
|Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four two six weeks.||Yes||No|
|Invisalign Teen® provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.||Yes||No|
With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following: pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. As if that weren’t enough, there are also the personal sacrifices—popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, certain candies…plus apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and more.
Veneers and Similar Treatments
Many patients have asked about the benefits of veneers as compared to Invisalign. While veneers are certainly an option for improving your smile, they only cover up certain dental imperfections, rather than correct them. This means that some existing periodontal problems could remain. Applied to the front side of the teeth only, veneers also require the removal of the surface enamel of each tooth—an irreversible procedure—and need to be replaced every five to 10 years. This can become very expensive… Coffee, tea and red wine need to be avoided to prevent discoloration, and care must be taken to prevent chipping or breaking the veneer. So while the surface look of the teeth may improve with veneers, the underlying tooth and gum problems could still exist.