Have you been wanting to improve your smile or correct your bite but you have no interest in having braces? Do you want to stop wearing your teeth down due to grinding them at night while you sleep?
Many adults had braces as a kid and didn't wear their retainer, causing teeth to shift and get crowded again but don't want to relive that adolescent braces experience again. Maybe you have a child that wants or needs orthodontic treatment but really does not want that braces look or feel. Some kids are looking for options other than traditional braces due to concerns about appearance, comfort, sensory issues, and extracurricular activities such as sports or band.
Invisalign® treatment may be the right treatment option for you or your child! Rapid advances in digital 3D scanning and printing technology along with Invisalign® advances in aligner technology make it possible to comfortably and predictably straighten teeth and correct bites using a series of clear comfortable plastic aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is an alternative method to straighten teeth that does not require braces or wires. A series of plastic aligners are worn approximately 22 hours per day, and through light pressure on the teeth they gradually move teeth into the proper position. Aligners are typically changed out to the next one in the series every 2 weeks with each aligner moving your teeth a little closer to the final goal of straight teeth and a perfect bite!
In addition to aligners, Dr. Seth and his team will place attachments on the surface of some of your teeth so the aligners can have a “handle” to push your teeth into place. Attachments are small 3D shapes made of composite, the same material used for white fillings, that are placed at the beginning of Invisalign® treatment and removed once treatment is complete.
Invisalign® software designs the specific shape and size of these tooth colored attachments to accomplish the exact movement Dr. Seth designs to get you the smile you want - pretty amazing technology, right? Although there are many imitators making plastic aligners out there, Invisalign® is light years ahead of the competition, which means better results in less time than other aligners.
All you have to do is wear your aligners and watch your smile improve every day!
It starts with your free consultation at Senestraro Family Orthodontics, where Dr. Seth will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your goals and takes your preferences into account. Due to advances in Invisalign® technology and Dr. Seth's expertise in using aligners to create beautiful smiles and healthy bites most cases can be treated with Invisalign® with excellent results.
You may have noticed everybody is offering Invisalign®. Many dentists offer aligner treatment, and you can even get aligners in the mail. Predictably getting excellent results with aligners requires proper training only orthodontic specialists have.
Dr. Seth has spent thousands of hours and completed a masters course in Invisalign® treatment. Being a Platinum Invisalign® Provider means he has treated many cases, and with experience comes expertise. Senestraro Family Orthodontics is your best choice to reach your goals with Invisalign®.
Once you have decided Invisalign® is the right option for you, we simply take a digital scan of your teeth and bite with our state of the art ITero digital scanner. The scan automatically is sent to the Invisalign® site where Dr. Seth can move all of your teeth to the ideal position using a 3D virtual model that is an exact replica of your teeth. Once your teeth are perfect on the virtual 3D model, Invisalign® manufactures and ships a series of aligner trays that will get your teeth from where they are to the final result!
Advantages of Invisalign
Why choose Invisalign? Invisalign® has many advantages over traditional braces. The most obvious advantage is that they are virtually invisible! You can straighten your teeth and no one will ever know; you can take photos and interact socially without the appearance of braces.
Aligners are much more comfortable than braces. Although you adapt quickly to the feel of braces, aligners generally cause less irritation. They also move teeth more gradually than braces, reducing tooth soreness in comparison with braces.
Maintaining your oral hygiene with Invisalign® clear aligners is also much easier than if you have braces. You just pop out your aligner, then brush and floss like normal. If you grind your teeth, aligners protect them! They act very much like a night guard, protecting your teeth while you are in treatment. Some teens prefer aligners if they play contact sports or play an instrument.
As with anything, Invisalign® has some disadvantages as well. One downside is that aligners require patient compliance - some patients are not able to get the 22 hours per day of wear required. If you don't think you or your teen can remember to wear the aligners, then Invisalign® is probably not the best choice.
For some very difficult cases, aligners may not be the best choice as they have limitations on how much bite correction and tooth movement they can achieve. Make sure you get a consultation from an orthodontist so you can understand all your options including Invisalign®.
WHO SHOULD BE DOING MY INVISALIGN TREATMENT?
It is highly recommended that an orthodontist provide your Invisalign® treatment! Orthodontists are dentists who go through an additional 2-3 years of full-time residency training in addition to dental training to learn how to diagnose, treatment plan, and correct orthodontic issues. Although dentists can provide orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® or braces, the level of training and experience is significantly less than that of a specialist in orthodontics.
Additionally, in an orthodontic office everything is focused on providing the best Invisalign® experience possible for you or your child. With flexible payment options and cost, treatment can be more affordable in orthodontic offices as well. For the best results and experience choose an orthodontist to provide your Invisalign® treatment.
To get started with Invisalign, schedule a consultation today by calling Senestraro Family Orthodontics at (503) 446-5815.
Use Caution Before Considering DIY Aligners
Thinking about do-it-yourself-orthodontics with clear aligners? Just mail in your impression and photos and get aligners to straighten your teeth, easy right? While a very small percentage of cases can be treated effectively with DIY aligners, they are ineffective for many. We don't recommend relying on the company selling these aligners to tell you.
We highly recommend you see an orthodontist like Dr. Seth Senestraro for a free consultation and ask if you are one of the few good candidates for do it yourself aligners. Here's why:
||Your bite and periodontal or gum health can only be diagnosed in person by a dentist or orthodontist, this is not possible through photos and a scan or impression. Wearing aligners unsupervised while you have periodontal or gum health issues or certain bite patterns can cause serious irreversible damage to your dental health including tooth loss.
||The cost of these treatments is still pretty costly, ranging between $2,000-$3000 with easy monthly payments. Imagine spending that amount of money and having little or no improvement or irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. A quick peek at online reviews and social media comments reveals countless people unhappy with their experience. At Senestraro Family Orthodontics we offer aligner treatment with Invisalign® at a similar price with low monthly payments. This includes an expert diagnosis and supervision by Dr. Seth ensuring an outcome you are happy with and healthy teeth!
||Clear aligners are very limited in how much they can move your teeth without attachments. What are attachments? These are small bumps made out of white composite material commonly used for white dental fillings placed on the surface of your teeth. These are absolutely needed to move your teeth effectively with clear aligners as they create a "handle" for the aligner to push on and need to be placed by an orthodontist in the office and removed after treatment. Do it yourself aligner companies do not offer this option because you never see an orthodontist. Dr. Seth will customize your treatment plan and attachments with aligners from Invisalign®. Schedule your free consultation today to see if you are good candidate for this affordable and quick clear aligner treatment.
If you want more information about Invisalign, give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 446-5815. We would love to talk to you about coming in for a consultation.