What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment consisting of clear alignment trays that are custom-fit to your teeth. Instead of using brackets and wires, this system uses a series of aligners that are each shaped slightly differently. This difference can gently shift your teeth into proper alignment and improve your oral health and appearance as you progress through the trays in the series.
By improving the alignment of your bite, Invisalign can also positively affect your oral health. This can include:
- Prevention of wear and tear on surrounding teeth
- Improved ability to clean teeth properly
- Alleviation of headaches caused by malocclusion
Dr. Ip can evaluate your bite to determine if Invisalign is best suited for your needs. His extensive experience and familiarity with the Invisalign system have allowed him to treat orthodontic issues that other dentists could not address with this method.
Advantages of Invisalign
Many patients choose to undergo their orthodontic treatment with Invisalign primarily for the benefit of discreet treatment. Often, teens and adults who can benefit from orthodontia avoid treatment because they do not want to wear traditional braces due to the appearance of metal brackets and wires. The clear trays used with Invisalign are nearly invisible, allowing you to continue your daily routine with confidence and virtually no alteration in your appearance.
In addition to discreet treatment, Invisalign trays are molded to fit your smile. This customization creates a fitted, more comfortable solution that will not irritate the gums or soft tissues. The trays are also removable, allowing you to easily maintain your oral health and to eat your favorite foods without restrictions.
Traditional orthodontic care can require frequent visits that become cumbersome and lead to significant discomfort after wires are tightened. Those undergoing Invisalign treatment will typically come to our office only once every six weeks. Additionally, the gradual changes between each tray ensure your teeth are shifted gently, resulting in less pain.
The Treatment Process
During your consultation, Dr. Ip will conduct an extensive evaluation of your bite to determine whether Invisalign is the right alignment method for you. For patients that require traditional orthodontics, we work with a reputable local orthodontist that can provide the care you need. We have been referring patients to the same orthodontist for nearly 10 years with consistent satisfaction.
For those who are candidates for Invisalign, we will use the advanced CEREC system to take digital impressions. Using the highly accurate images, we will be able to determine the number of trays necessary to achieve your goals, how long the treatment will take, and your estimated cost.
Dr. Ip is extensively trained in providing bio-stimulation through Propel® Orthodontics accelerated treatment. This system stimulates the jawbone, allowing teeth to shift in nearly half the time.
These scans also allow us to design precise, well-fitting trays for the best results. Every few weeks, you will visit our office so that we can monitor progress and provide you with new aligner trays to further adjust your teeth as needed. You will wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day and will move onto the next tray in the series approximately every two weeks. Typically, treatment will last between 12 to 18 months.
Dr. Ip is extensively trained in providing bio-stimulation through Propel Orthodontics accelerated treatment. This system stimulates the jawbone, allowing teeth to shift in nearly half the time. Dr. Ip can perform this advanced, virtually painless procedure quickly and efficiently at our office to significantly reduce treatment time.
Receive the Best Invisalign Care Available
Over a decade of hands-on experience, refined techniques, and an exceptional attention to detail are just a few of the defining characteristics that set Dr. Ip apart from other dentists providing Invisalign. If you wish to receive the best care available, contact us online or by phone at (512) 444-4746.