Just a decade ago, the only option that people had for orthodontic correction was traditional braces. Braces are not only unsightly; they can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Invisalign is not a new treatment per se, but it is quickly eliminating the need for braces in both adolescents and adults. We offer Invisalign to our patients at Elke Cheung Dentistry because it is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and, in some instances, handle orthodontic problems such as bite corrections.
Invisalign was created to deal with teeth straightening, removing things like gaps and helping to correct an improper bite. It uses custom-fitted clear trays that go over the teeth and are virtually invisible to the outside world. They are also comfortable and can be removed to eat, drink, and clean your teeth. The trays come in a sequence so that you trade them out in intervals as they gradually move your teeth to a more proper alignment.
Not every corrective situation is a good fit for the Invisalign treatment. The only way to know for sure which course is right for you or your loved one is to be evaluated by a professional. If you are going to put all the time and expense into perfecting your smile, make sure that you are choosing the best option for you personally. A professional like Dr. Cheung is an excellent source for all the information you need to make an informed decision. Braces might not be for everyone, and neither is Invisalign.
When it comes right down to it, the Invisalign system all stems from the accuracy of the initial molds or impressions. If you do the molds yourself, there is no way to know for sure how well the molds actually mimic your mouth’s structure. It is always best to have your teeth examined and digitally scanned by an orthodontic professional to ensure that you are starting the system correctly. Otherwise, poor measurements can throw your system, your course, and your results off-track!
Although Invisalign used to be only available in an orthodontist’s or dentist’s office, several companies have started offering the system online or through the mail. The problem with ordering the system via the internet is that no one monitors your progress. The treatment consists of a series of trays molded to your teeth, but there are times when corrections need to be made. If you do not have anyone evaluating your progress or finding problems with the treatment course, there is no one who can help. That can lead to less-than-great results, longer treatment courses, and dissatisfaction. When you have a professional monitoring you in-person, it is much easier to watch the progression, make alterations when necessary, and ensure that you are staying on course.
If you are ready to work on your smile, contact Elke Cheung Dentistry today to schedule your evaluation for Invisalign to start down the road to achieving the beautiful smile you have always wanted.