Invisalign & Invisalign Teen

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InvisalignInvisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.

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The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics.  Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by our doctors.  Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.  Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you.  After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners.  Each aligner is worn for 20-22 hours/day and only taken out to eat,  drink,  brush and floss.  As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually until the final alignment is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign Homepage.

To ensure the best possible results, an orthodontist needs specialized training and certification by Align Technology in order to properly diagnose and treat using Invisalign. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.

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Q. How often must I wear my aligners?

A. You must wear your aligners 20-22 hours every day to maximize the tooth movement and ensure the best results.  You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

A. No.  Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating.  Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period that might affect your speech for 1-2 days after you first get your aligners.  The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.  We have patients who speak and sing professionally and they have absolutely no problem.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion.  This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.  This will be very minor and will not need any medicine to relieve the pain.

Q. Can I chew gum?

A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?

A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.  Additionally, and more importantly, smoking will damage your gums and discolor your teeth.  We strongly encourage all patients to stop smoking!

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.  Also, we can provide you with cleaning crystals that are used to soak the aligners, but typically brushing with toothpaste is sufficient.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

A. On average, regular office visits are every 8-12 weeks.  This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.  We might make changes to your appointment schedule based on the stage and progress of your treatment.

Q. Do I need retainers after my treatment is complete?

A. Like all orthodontic patients, Invisalign patients need retainers to ensure a healthy bite and maintain the final position of the teeth on a long-term basis.  We will guide you through the retention period and advise you on the proper way to wear your retainers.  Since your teeth can shift throughout your life, we strongly recommend lifetime retention - wear your retainers for as long as you want to keep your teeth straight! 

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth, but the average Invisalign treatment ranges between 12-18 months.  

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?

A. Yes!  Invisalign has a product called Invisalign Teen, for teenagers who want to straighten their teeth without metal braces.  Invisalign Teen works the same as Invisalign for adults, but treatment is managed a bit different to account for the growing and developing child.  

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Before & After

No stock photos here - just photos of real patients treated with Invisalign here at Pezza Orthodontics!  We are proud of our results and our patients are as well.

 

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Now teens don't have to worry about metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles – introducing Invisalign® Teen!  Invisalign® Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces!  Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.  You can still eat and drink what you want, you can brush and floss normally and there are no metal brackets and wires to cause mouth abrasions and breakage (no inconvenient emergency appointments).

img_invisalign02We went to leading orthodontists, parents and teens themselves to custom-design an Invisalign system just right for the dental needs of teenagers.  With blue-to-clear color-changing compliance indicators,  six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken,  and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today's teens' busy lifestyles!

What is Invisalign Teen?

  • Invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
  • Series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners.
  • Uses no metal wires or brackets.
  • Custom-made for comfort.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

  • Wear each set of aligners for 22 hours/day.
  • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
  • Your teeth will move gradually each week.
  • Visit us every 8-12 weeks.
  • Total treatment time averages 12-18 months.

What Conditions Does Invisalign Teen Treat?

By using its advanced technology,  Invisalign Teen can treat a broad range of orthodontic conditions, which in the past were usually treated with traditional braces.  It can correct crowding, spacing, overbites and some crossbites.  However, not every treatment plan can be treated with Invisalign Teen, so it is necessary that we complete a comprehensive exam before starting treatment and we can then discuss the options.

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