During the consultation, you and Dr. Cocolis will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Dr. Cocolis determine if Invisalign is right for you. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.
If you find Invisalign is right for you Dr. Cocolis will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images Dr. Cocolis will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, Dr. Cocolis will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
Invisalign is continually making technological advancements in the product and treatment process for even better clinical results. Most recently, the addition of Precision Cuts allows Invisalign clear aligners to now accommodate the use of elastics. As a result, more severe bite issues can be corrected effectively.
Here are some of the main conditions Invisalign currently treats. But if there is a specific dental problem that you do not see addressed here, please contact Dr. Cocolis for more information to see if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign can treat: GAPPED TEETH
Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
Invisalign can treat: OVERLY CROWDED
Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
Invisalign can treat: OVERBITE
What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Invisalign can treat: UNDERBITE
Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Invisalign can treat: OPEN BITE
Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like thermo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Invisalign can treat: CROSSBITE
Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
Invisalign® is a breakthrough technology that straightens teeth allowing you to obtain the perfect smile that you always wanted. It eliminates the hassle of wearing braces for a good alignment of the teeth especially in the front area of the teeth.
Through a series of clear, virtually invisible, custom-molded aligners, Invisalign can straighten the teeth and the results can be noticed sooner than you are expecting. The treatment course includes changing of aligners for every 2 weeks. It moves the teeth to straighter position in an organized process until you finally obtained a beautiful smile.
Unlike the conventional braces, Invisalign clear aligners may be removed while eating and brushing the teeth. The average Invisalign treatment course usually takes for almost a year. This is the perfect choice to transform a smile without even interfering with the daily routine.
If you are much interested to have this dental procedure, you can consult a dentist that has been trained for Invisalign or any expert orthodontist. Let them discuss all essential issues or topics regarding your smile. If the orthodontist or dentist did not agree to offer Invisalign, you can look for other well-trained Invisalign dental practitioner in your place.
When the dental practitioner approved that you are suitable for Invisalign, he will be developing a complete treatment plan. You can learn about some simple steps that the orthodontist or dentist will perform to give you the smile you always desire. Remember that while on the initial consultation, the dental practitioner is going to discuss some issues regarding the condition of the teeth.
Advantages of Invisalign:
At Dr. Peter K. Cocolis Jr. and Associates, our dental professionals are highly trained in providing Invisalign aligners. To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, call us!