A Revolutionary Way of Straightening Teeth
For decades, traditional braces had been the only option for adults who wanted straighter teeth. The Invisalign® System offers the first true alternative, by utilizing advances in 3-D imaging technology to create a series of customized plastic aligners. It all begins with a visit to Dr. Davis, a Board Certified Invisalign® Orthodontist, who will help you determine what you’d like to correct. Next, Dr. Davis sends Invisalign® your precise treatment instructions. Invisalign® then uses its proprietary computer technology to create a sequence of finely-calibrated clear plastic aligners—as few as 12 or as many as 48, depending on your particular case. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they reach the final alignment Dr. Davis has prescribed.
Is Invisalign® right for you?
Invisalign® has proven to be effective for many patients seeking straighter teeth. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Orthodontist who has been Invisalign-trained and certified to determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. Invisalign® is not intended for children and is not appropriate for everyone.
Why not just have my general dentist do Invisalign® for me?
It is possible for general dentists to take a weekend course and provide limited Invisalign® treatment for their patients. However, full Invisalign® treatment is best accomplished by a Board Certified Invisalign® Orthodontist, such as Dr. Davis, who has the proper training in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. The successful practice of Invisalign® orthodontics requires the extensive professional skill that a Board Certified Invisalign® Orthodontist possesses in the design, application, and control of the Invisalign® aligners to bring teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment to achieve optimum facial balance.
Overview of the Align Procedure
- 1. You’ll set up a visit with Dr. Davis, a Board Certified Invisalign® Orthodontist.
- 2. During your initial visit, Dr. Davis will help you decide on your course of treatment. You will be sent to our lab to have a detailed digital scan taken of your teeth with an iTero® Scanner, which is a compact hand-held wand that is passed over your teeth. This technique provides immediate 3D digital models of your teeth that are much more accurate than regular impressions, which are messy and uncomfortable. This allows for faster delivery of much better fitting aligners because the perfect scans of your teeth can be sent electronically to Invisalign®, eliminating the need to mail old fashioned impressions.
- 3. Invisalign® will use advanced computer technology to transform your 3D digital models into a sequence of finely calibrated, clear, plastic aligners.
- 4. During your next visit with Dr. Davis, you will receive your initial sets of aligners. You will wear each for about 2 weeks. There may be as many as 48 in the series or as few as 12, depending on the treatment. You will take them out only when eating, brushing, and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next one, your teeth will move gradually, millimeter by millimeter, until they reach the final alignment prescribed by Dr. Davis.
Wearing Your Aligners
You’ll wear your Invisalign® aligners day and night, except to eat, brush and floss. And you’ll quickly discover three important advantages over metal braces:
- 1. Comfortable: No metal brackets. No wires. No permanent fixtures. In fact, the Invisalign® plastic aligners fit so seamlessly over your teeth, you’ll barely remember having them on.
- 2. Undetectable: What you can’t see is what you get. The Invisalign® System is virtually undetectable … almost like contact lenses for your teeth!
- 3. Removable: The aligners pop in and out for eating, brushing, and flossing. They’re more convenient, and offer better oral hygiene than permanent braces.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
For years, orthodontists have used removable appliances for very limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology, the Invisalign® System treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.
Will the treatment be painful?
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the Invisalign® aligners are working—sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.
Will wearing the Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period.
How do I get started with this system?
Just make an appointment with Dr. Davis for an initial exam.