Invisalign’s® approach to straightening teeth has broken the mold in orthodontic treatment — pun intended. Traditional metal braces involved making messy molds of your teeth; the process wasn’t pleasant. Molds are now old 20th-century technology. Patient comfort is a huge benefit of Invisalign’s patented treatment.
Board-certified Dr. George Kontoveras and Dr. Anthony Klobus use Invisalign with 2K Dental to treat many teens and adults who want to transform their smiles. The following are five amazing facts about Invisalign that you may not already know.
Before Invisalign’s patented approach was available, dentists had to make molds of your teeth using a soft, putty-type material contained in metal trays that you had to put in your mouth. It was a messy process that often led patients to gag.
Now dentists have the option to create molds of your teeth using 3-D technology. The new technology has transformed orthodontia and the dental industry.
Dr. Kontoveras and Dr. Klobus use a patented technology called ClinCheck software to create your new smile, from the first aligner to the last. With computer technology, there’s no guesswork involved. The 3-D images of your teeth map out the exact movements of each tooth at every stage of your treatment. This way, your aligners are a precise fit.
Light energy from a special laser penetrates a liquified resin, which hardens to a specified shape to create the aligners. The process develops all of the progressive molds for a treatment in one 3-D print.
Dr. Kontoveras or Dr. Klobus show you the final results before you even begin your treatment, thanks to modern dental technology. That’s pretty amazing.
After your initial set of aligners and follow-up visit, you’ll typically receive more than one set of aligners at each visit. You wear every set for one or two weeks; your 2K dentist provides the exact schedule for you. After your initial follow-up visit to ensure that you’re adjusting well to your aligners, you’ll usually only need to see Dr. Kontoveras or Dr. Klobus every six to eight weeks. At those future appointments, they provide you with the next sets of your aligners and check your teeth to make sure they’re straightening as they should.
When you get your new sets of aligners, they’ll feel snug, but you won’t feel the pain that you would feel with metal braces in your mouth. The wires on traditional braces are adjusted at each appointment, and your mouth is sore for a few days following each dental visit. Clear aligners have revolutionized the teeth straightening process.
You may have heard it’s smart to avoid plastic water bottles and other containers made with a material called BPA. It’s been proven harmful to human health. Invisalign aligners are made of a safe type of plastic called thermoplastic, or SmartTrack®, containing no BPA or latex.
Although Invisalign aligners are clear and you can remove them to eat, you’re still eager for the day when you can remove them permanently. If you wear your aligners as Dr. Kontoveras or Dr. Klobus prescribes, you may be able to cut the time you’re wearing a dental appliance by up to half the time that you’d wear traditional metal braces.
Invisalign’s system applies constant gentle force to all of your teeth simultaneously, whereas traditional braces move teeth individually. Most patients wear Invisalign aligners for about nine to 15 months; you’re done in six months in some cases. If Dr. Kontoveras or Dr. Klobus decides you can make weekly changes to your aligners, your treatment time could be up to 50% faster than usual.
Call 2K Dental for expert care for all of your family’s dental needs. We use the latest dental technology to give you your dream smile.