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The treatment process begins with a consultation with Dr. Mullally. She’ll use the iTero digital scanning system to scan your teeth and create a custom treatment plan for your needs. From there the aligners are made with each aligner accomplishing a different goal as treatment progresses.
Invisalign affects your life in ways traditional metal braces don’t. Most patients continue to eat their favorite foods during the treatment process while spending less time visiting with Dr. Mullally in our office for check-ups. Brushing and flossing don’t change with Invisalign but instead continue as normal.
Invisalign lets kids and adults alike achieve a healthy, beautiful smile without others noticing you’re using orthodontia. The technology has been around for 20 years and millions of people globally have gained a new smile with Invisalign.
Through proper use and cleaning. There is an Invisalign Cleaning system available to use, but many people use a toothbrush to gently brush them then rinse in lukewarm water. Another way to take care of the aligners is by keeping up with brushing and flossing each day.
After your treatment is over, the maintenance begins. Dr. Mullally will visit with you to create a custom maintenance plan which generally includes a retainer. Maintenance is key to keeping the beautiful smile you’ve gained with Invisalign braces.
The biggest benefit of Invisalign is invisibility. Most other people don’t or won’t notice you’re wearing Invisalign braces. Then, they’re removable, making the aligners easier to care for compared to traditional metal braces along with being able to keep up your regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth.
The 3D imaging technology used is new, but using removable trays to straighten teeth isn’t.
The technology of orthodontic aligner trays was conceived in 1945 by Dr. H.D. Kesling, but Invisalign was created in 1997.
While the number of people who use Invisalign grows every day, more than four million people worldwide have been treated since it was released in 1998.
When you meet with Dr. Mullally and create a treatment plan, every step is mapped out, including how the teeth will move with each aligner. Look at each aligner as a stage. With each stage, only certain teeth will or won’t move as previously planned out.
No. Invisalign aligners are made from medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They’ve passed all regulatory requirements needed to be used in dental applications.
Yes! Many people go through the experience of metal braces as kids but then find their teeth shift again after the braces come off. Invisalign corrects this shift and restores the healthy smile you had as a kid.
Treatment for many patients includes a combination of metal braces and Invisalign braces. Dr. Mullally works with you to determine what will be the most effective treatment for your specific needs and situation.
Not necessarily. Some people have a slight lisp for a day or two after putting in Invisalign braces for the first time, but it quickly goes away.
Nope! Since you need to remove the aligners to eat and drink, this also means you can eat your favorite foods, unless Dr. Mullally advises otherwise.
Yes. Smoking, in general, is to be avoided as smoke will discolor and stain the aligners, even with regular cleaning and soaking.
No. Any type of gum will stick to the aligners.
Overall, no. You may have some slight discomfort for a day or two when starting a new tray, but it’s usually described as pressure rather than pain by people. The pressure is caused by the tray slowly moving your teeth into the alignment decided on by Dr. Mullally.
Whenever you remove the aligners from your mouth, thoroughly rinse them under lukewarm, running water. But the best way to clean the aligners is by gently brushing them with a clear, antibacterial soft soap. Another option to keep your aligners clear is by soaking them in denture cleaner or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
For the best treatment results, you should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
You’ll visit with Dr. Mullally every 8 to 12 weeks during the treatment process.
Yes. Invisalign is a Class II medical device under FDA guidelines.
Most patients use a retainer after their Invisalign treatment ends. Using a retainer prevents your teeth from slowly moving back to their pre-treatment position. Dr. Mullally will decide whether your specific situation would need a retainer and to what extent.