Invisalign® Teeth Aligners Maple Grove, MN

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Invisalign Maple Grove MN is an orthodontic treatment program using clear trays that was approved by in 1998 by the FDA. It is another example of a health industry product resulting from the growth of digital technology. As an alternative or option to orthodontic braces, the objective of the Invisalign program is to also straighten your teeth. We’ll take a quick look at why you might need orthodontic correction, the options available for you, and the pros and cons of choosing Invisalign.

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The Types of Braces Available

Before the introduction of Invisalign there were three options to straighten teeth. The first option was the traditional method. This option uses stainless steel brackets, bands, and arch wires affixed to your teeth to apply pressure to move them. Lingual braces were the second method. The brackets and bands are moved to the inside of your teeth. This option is tougher on your tongue, but they are not as visible as the metal appliances on the outside of the teeth. The third option introduces ceramic and also focuses on appearance and visibility. The brackets, bands, and even the arch wire are all made of ceramic the color of your teeth making them difficult to see. Finally, the fourth option, Invisalign.

Why you need Braces or Invisalign

The entire staff at Pan Orthodontics at 7830 Main St. in Maple Grove, MN, specializes in orthodontics. If you are not happy with your teeth and your smile call the Maple Grove office at 952-926-3747 to schedule your evaluation. The single biggest improvement resulting from wearing braces, or Invisalign, is that of your smile. It is tough to put a reasonable value on a smile with straight teeth. A healthy smile is the foundation for your personality, your self-esteem, and your self-confidence. This can be evident in personal circles, your social encounters, and professional settings. Straight teeth with proper gaps can result in other oral hygiene benefits. It has been proven that you could prevent gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, improve your bite pattern, your ability to chew properly and even improve speech patterns. Straight teeth can also even impact the proportions of your face.

How Invisalign Works

The process begins with a consultation and an examination. Dr. Pan will consult with you about your expectations and obtainable goals. Then the digital technology is introduced. It begins with a 3D simulation of your tooth movements. You can see literally watch the transformation of your teeth and smile on a computer monitor. A digital tooth scan is next created with the assistance of a CAD-CAM, or computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. This program allows a methodical and disciplined start to finish process. The software then creates a series of models identifying those stages that your teeth will progress through. These stages are captured in models and then a photo-sensitive liquid resin creates hard plastic trays for each stage. Once finished the CAD-CAM will develop anywhere between six and forty-eight aligners, depending on the extent of movement desired. Each aligner will move the teeth around .25 millimeters. X-rays will also capture and monitor movement below the gum line.

The process is now quite simple. You must wear a tray for two weeks to accomplish the planned movement. It is also necessary to wear the trays for at least 20 to 22 hours each day for that given period and then you transition to the next tray. Just like conventional braces, the trays will apply pressure to slowly move the teeth to their desired location. The entire process, depending on the extent of desired movement, might be finished in six months or it may take over 15 months. The average time for the process is about 13 months. This is after six million patients which includes one million teenagers.

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign

The list of benefits is far greater than the negatives. Most teenagers and young adults do not like the idea of wearing conventional braces. But correcting your teeth will have a significant impact on your smile and your overall life.

The Invisalign trays are clear so you do not have be cognizant of your smile around friends and family. Even though you need to must them 20-22 hours a day, you can remove them at any time. This is the biggest difference from conventional braces. Do you have date or are you giving a presentation? Take the trays out for an hour or two. Do you have a job interview? How about a quick game of ball or family photos? Invisalign gives you the option of pulling those trays for these events.

With conventional braces you most likely will have diet change suggestions. More soft foods for example. With Invisalign you can take out the trays and bite into an apple if you wish. Wire or ceramic braces with their brackets and arch wires have created discomfort and irritation to cheeks, tongue, and soft tissues. Invisalign does not have that discomfort side effect. Even though the premise for each tray is to apply pressure to move teeth, the trays are trimmed perfectly at your gum line for maximum comfort and appearance.

Invisalign can literally correct a wide range of teeth straightening issues. This includes the crowding of your teeth, crossbites, open bites, gaps between certain teeth, underbites and overbites.

The list of negatives, or cons of Invisalign is quite short. The first is your ability to discipline the amount of time the trays are in your mouth performing their function. The second negative is sometimes small attachments will have to be applied to certain teeth. These tooth-colored shapes will allow the tray to apply force to them to move that particular tooth. Your lifestyle and your goals will be part of your initial consultation at Pan Orthodontics at 7830 Main St. in Maple Grove, MN. Give the staff a call today at 952-926-3747 for your evaluation. At your evaluation, the staff will also contact your insurance provider to determine the extent of your plan coverage. The entire staff understands that your smile is unique to you as your fingerprints. Let us help you determine if Invisalign will meet your goals in both improving your smile and contributing to a healthier life.

Your Oral Hygiene during the Invisalign Maple Grove MN Process

Well, with your ability to remove the trays, your oral hygiene habits can remain normal. There are no brackets and wires to navigate around. If your at-home oral hygiene habits have been questionable prior to introducing Invisalign then Dr. Pan will reinforce the suggested industry standards.

The health industry strongly suggests you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. They also suggest you floss between your teeth at least once a day. These simple tasks help you preventively stay ahead of damaging plaque that forms daily on your teeth.

One of the best benefits for the Invisalign Maple Grove process with tray removal is the fact that you can focus on continuing these hygiene habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy.