Unlike traditional braces that use wires and bands or surface mounts to connect the wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners that are custom-molded to your teeth. Over time, these aligners shift your teeth into their new positions. Many patients prefer Invisalign because the aligners:
can be easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing and dental visits
can be removed when needed for special occasions
don't have any sharp parts to cut into lips
are nearly invisible while worn
Invisalign can be a great solution for many patients, but not all patients are ideal candidates. Dr. Rayet will be able to determine during your office visit if Invisalign could be a good choice for you.
Invisalign was designed to treat the same types of issues as traditional braces, including:
overbites – where top teeth protrude too far over the lower teeth
underbites – where lower teeth extend over the upper teeth when the mouth is closed
crossbites – a condition which may include partial underbite and overbite issues
gaps and other spacing issues
Invisalign begins with an impression, or mold, of your teeth. The impression is scanned by a computer using special software designed to create a series of 3-D models. These models show the series of progressions your teeth would need to take to move into proper alignment, and they're used to determine the number and shape of aligner trays you'll need for your treatment. During the actual Invisalign treatment, you'll need to change your aligners about every two weeks. Most patients can complete their treatment within about 18 months – some patients may need a little more or less time. Dr. Rayet will be able to discuss your program following your evaluation.
Dr. Rayet accepts major insurance providers.
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