For most people, the days of ugly, awkward metallic braces are over. Today, people enjoy a straighter smile with invisible braces that take many of the hassles out of realigning teeth while giving patients more confidence and freedom than ever. Dr. John Aurelia of John L. Aurelia, D.D.S., PLLC in Rochester, Michigan, has years of expertise in improving his patient’s smiles using invisible teeth aligners such as Invisalign.
When you visit Dr. Aurelia, he’ll want to scan your mouth to create a three-dimensional impression of your smile. This digital information also converts into useful visualizations allowing the doctor and his patient to see how their teeth will change. In other words, before starting, you can see the results of Invisalign therapy.
The length of the therapy can vary from patient to patient based on the extent of their misalignment and how their teeth respond to treatment.
Once the digital impressions are sent to the lab, customized invisible aligners are created. Each set of trays is designed to shift teeth progressively in stages. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before the patient replaces it with the next tray in their set.
The number of trays in treatment will vary from patient to patient based on misalignment issues. Invisalign aligner trays are made of medical-grade, clear plastic that is almost invisible to the naked eye.
The trays should be worn for most of the day, but you can remove them for cleaning and eating. However, patients should wear their trays day and night for the best results.
Compliance is the most critical factor towards successful realignment, and Invisalign has a higher compliance rate than traditional fixed orthodontics. When patients fail to comply with their instructions, treatment can be delayed.
Invisalign teeth aligners have a lot of benefits for patients looking for more accessible, more comfortable ways to shape their smile. Few include:
Invisalign can address many misalignment issues, such as overjet, in which upper teeth extend beyond their corresponding bottom teeth.
They also address open bites, a condition in which the upper and lower teeth cannot make contact.
The aligners can treat overcrowded teeth, a condition when there isn’t enough room in a person’s jaw to allow their teeth to fit as they should.
Invisalign also addresses crossbite, which happens when upper and lower jaws are not aligned properly, causing one or more upper teeth to bite the inside part of lower teeth. The condition can impact front and side teeth.
While Invisalign can address many, if not most, misalignment issues, there are more complex cases that may require the use of traditional orthodontics.
Our office is located at 804 N. Main Street #201A, Rochester, MI 48307.