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Invisalign & Orthodontics

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a very popular alternative to the traditional "metal" braces. Invisalign gives patients more freedom and flexibility to continue to eat the foods they desire throughout treatment, smile with confidence, and dental hygiene can remain optimum.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign Uses the Latest 3-D Computer Technology.

  • We diagnose the problem and determine the best course of treatment.
  • We take photographs and impressions of your teeth.
  • We send your customized treatment plan and impressions to Invisalign.
  • Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to finely calibrate a sequence of aligners made just for you. This could mean as few as 10 or as many as 30 aligners.
  • Invisalign sends to our office a series of clear removable aligners without requiring any metal wires or brackets.
  • Patients are instructed to wear each aligner for about two weeks, taking it out for eating, brushing, and flossing.

As you move forward through the different sequence of aligners to the next, your teeth gradually straighten as prescribed by the doctor. Normally, patients are required to return to check the tracking of the aligners every 5-6 weeks, or every three aligners.

Wearing your Invisalign aligner

At each visit, your doctor will evaluate the movement and position of the teeth to make sure that they are positioned and moving as planned. Patients will also be given their next three sets of clear aligners.

Invisalign Versus Traditional Braces

  • Invisalign does not irritate the lips, cheeks, or gums like traditional brackets and wires.
  • Invisalign allows you to eat whatever foods you desire.
  • aligners are removable
  • you brush and floss as you normally would, keeping your gums healthier throughout the course of treatment.
  • esthetically, they are nearly undetectable.

Although Invisalign may not be for everyone, your doctor can determine if it is right for you. As a Certified Invisalign Provider, Dr Nilo Hernandez is specially trained and certified to evaluate your problem and develop a customized treatment plan to give you a beautiful smile.

Are you a Candidate for Invisalign?

  • Invisalign requires that most of the permanent teeth are erupted or exposed.
  • Invisalign is for teens and adults with mild to moderate crowding or spacing.
  • If your teeth are misaligned/misplaced due to a significant skeletal discrepancy then traditional braces with or without extra-oral appliances may prove a better treatment option for you.
  • If you do not believe you would be compliant to wear the Invisalign aligners for approximately 22 hours per day every day, then metal braces would be a better option for you. The treatment outcome, and hence, the beauty of your smile upon completion of the Invisalign treatment, is dependent on the amount of time that you keep the aligners in.

If you want to straighten your teeth without some of the associated hassles of traditional braces, give us a call. We are here to help you create and maintain a beautiful smile.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the part of dentistry that addresses improperly positioned teeth and jaws. Without correction, crooked teeth and teeth that just don’t fit together well can lead to issues ranging from minor to serious. These include:

  • Difficult to keep your teeth clean which places you at higher risk of losing your teeth prematurely due to tooth decay and periodontal disease
  • Extra strain and stress could be placed on your chewing muscles which can lead to headaches that mimic the symptoms of migraines but are actually related to your teeth and jaw
  • TMJ syndrome and pain emanating throughout your neck, shoulders and even your back can result from improperly positioned teeth and jaws
  • Physical appearance may be affected with crooked teeth or misplaced teeth and sometimes one’s self-confidence from not having a nice smile may also be affected

Orthodontic treatment brings about many benefits such as a more pleasing and attractive smile as well as a healthier mouth which will give your teeth their best chance to last you a lifetime! Specialists are referred to as Orthodontists. They have successfully completed additional schooling and have received special certification above general dentistry.

Do You Need Orthodontics?

Your dentist or orthodontist will help you determine if you could benefit from orthodontics. Some of the things your doctor can use to help make this determination will be a review of your medical and dental history, an exam, crafting plaster models of your teeth as well as using x-rays and photographs. After these things are done then your dentist or orthodontist will be able to best determine whether they can recommend orthodontics and if so, they will develop a special treatment plan just for you and your specific needs.

If Need Has Been Established, It May Because You Have Any of the Following:

  • An overbite or an underbite. An overbite may be referred to having “buck teeth”. This is where the top teeth are positioned too far forward beyond the lower teeth. An underbite is sometimes referred to as having a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are positioned too far forward or the top teeth are positioned too far back.
  • An openbite or a crossbite may be present. An openbite is where there is spacing between the biting surfaces between the front or side teeth when the back teeth are together. A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth are not positioned slightly in front of the lower teeth while biting together normally.
  • Spacing issues may exist between certain teeth when neighboring teeth are missing or some teeth haven’t moved into their place.
  • Crowding sometimes occurs when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to properly accommodate
  • Midline misplacement occurs when you can see the middle of the top front teeth do not align with the middle of the bottom front teeth.

What To Do Next? How Does the Orthodontic Treatment Process Work?

Moving teeth, retraining muscles and influencing the growth of the jaws requires the use of fixed or removable appliances. By applying consistent and gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws we can correct any of the conditions we have discussed so far. Our doctor, Dr Nilo Hernandez will be able to assess your situation and make sure the proper orthodontic approach is utilized for optimal results and reduced discomfort.

Please keep in mind during the orthodontic process it is very important to stay on top of your routine cleanings. Our dental hygienists are working with you as well as our dentist to help you achieve the best result possible while also maintaining good oral health. Wearing braces and other appliances can make it a little more challenging to keep your teeth clean, gums free of gingivitis and remain cavity-free so be sure to listen to our dental hygienist and dentist to help you achieve that beautiful smile we are all working toward.

Call or visit our office today to learn more about our orthodontic treatments, orthodontic costs and how Dr Nilo, the Smilecreator of Naples, can create a beautiful smile for you or a loved one.