Traditionally, braces consist of metal, plastic, or ceramic brackets glued to the teeth and holding a tightening wire in place. While traditional braces may produce beautiful results, many patients refuse treatment due to their unattractive appearance during treatment. Invisalign is the invisible and comfortable way to straighten your teeth without braces. We use a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
The Invisalign process has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. Invisalign is also being integrated in the curriculum of many dental schools nationwide. However, only certified dentists like Dr. Mousavi can undertake this procedure.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of custom-fit, clear, removable trays that are computer generated from information gathered by your dentist. You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Mousavi has prescribed.
Throughout your treatment, you'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 11 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
- Proper hygiene is mandatory. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly before reinserting the aligners.
- As with all orthodontic treatment, patients may experience some discomfort for a few days following the beginning of a new aligner. Remember, the pain is a good thing — it signals that your treatment is working.
- Also like all orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can potentially aggravate the TM joint or jaw bone. Consult Dr. Mousavi if you have problems in this area.
- In some very complicated cases, Invisalign treatment might not be possible. Dr. Mousavi will discuss your specific case with you during your consultation appointment.