A smile is one of the most positive things you can share with the world. At Nasser Orthodontics in Shreveport, LA, we know you are looking forward to a smile that is as beautiful as the feelings you express. For those with a less-than-straight smile, Invisalign can help straighten your teeth in less time than you might expect. The treatment is much more convenient and efficient than metal braces. With Invisalign, we utilize technologies that reduce treatment time and enhance the quality of your patient experience.
What Is Invisalign?
This is a treatment that can correct the alignment of your teeth without the use of traditional braces. Instead of attaching metal and wiring to your teeth, we will create customized aligners that you will wear over your teeth to gently straighten your smile. The aligners are clear and barely noticeable. Our goal is to get you results as fast as possible—with little to no impact on your life in the process.
What Conditions Can Be Improved With This Treatment?
Invisalign is an effective solution for the following issues:
- Crowded teeth
- Gap teeth
- Teeth that are generally in need of straightening
How Does The Treatment Work?
3D Image of Your Teeth
The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art device that we use to take an impression of your teeth. Other treatment methods require a physical mold of your teeth by biting into a goopy substance. The iTero Element scanner is a mess-free alternative that offers greater accuracy. With this method, you are less likely to have to redo the impression than with other methods.
Plan Your Progress Digitally
Once we have taken the impression, we will create a high-resolution 3D image of your teeth. Using Clincheck software, we will carefully plan adjustments to your teeth, plotting each movement and stage of the treatment. We can even show you an image of what your smile will look like at the end of the process!
Create Your Aligners
Following the digital plan, we will use a special 3D printer to make your aligners from the patented SmartTrack material. This material, which was developed with your comfort in mind, makes Invisalign’s approach extremely effective. It is the result of 8 years of research and hundreds of tests.
The introduction of SmartTrack material reduced treatment time by 50%. It increased the accuracy of the aligners by 75% and gave orthodontists more control over the way in which a patient’s teeth move. Its snug-fitting design also improved the comfort of the aligners.
To perfect the look and fit of your aligners, we will trim them specifically for your gum line. This means that they won’t cut your gums like some other treatment methods.
Wear the Aligners Until Your Teeth Are Beautifully Straightened
The aligners are worn about 20 hours a day. You will switch to a new set every one to two weeks. At six or eight week intervals, we will check in on your progress.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The research team is constantly improving the technology and creating ways to make this treatment faster and more effective. The length of time you should wear your aligners depends on the current condition of your teeth. In most cases, twelve months is a sufficient length of time. Many cases only need six months, and some people are finished in three months.
How Is Invisalign Able to Reduce Treatment Time?
Patented New Technology
The advances in this treatment are the result of decades of research and scientific expertise, especially in biomechanics. Over 7,000,000 people have benefited from this treatment, and their smiles show the result. As they performed successful treatments, the experts created records from the scans they generated and used the cumulative data to fine-tune their technology.
The SmartTrack material the experts developed improved orthodontists’ ability to accurately plan the progress of their patients’ teeth. With more precision, the treatment can now be completed in less time than it could in the past.
A New Set of Aligners Weekly
In 2016, the research team developed the capability to provide patients with a new set of aligners weekly, depending on the needs of the patient. This means that we can sometimes plan for the teeth to shift at a faster rate, reducing the overall duration of the treatment.
SmartForce attachments are an innovation that expanded the range of patients eligible for this treatment by enabling it to address more complicated situations. They are small, tooth-colored tags that increase your aligners’ ability to move certain teeth. They enable more complicated adjustments that will allow you to finish your treatment faster and with more desirable results.
If they can benefit your treatment, we will attach them to your teeth at the start of your service. They are barely noticeable, and your aligners will fit perfectly around them. Not all patients require the use of these attachments.
How Will the Aligners Look and Feel During the Treatment?
We have some good news for you! In addition to reducing the duration of the treatment, the advances in Invisalign’s technology ensure that the experience is a positive one. Both the material of the aligners and the way they are created work to make sure you are comfortable when you wear them.
When we create the digital plan for your treatment, we will make sure that the ideal amount of pressure is applied to your teeth with each new set of aligners. This will avoid unnecessary discomfort on your part.
Additionally, the aligners themselves do not involve traditional metal brackets and wires. They will sit naturally along your gum line, and you will barely notice that you are wearing them.
Take Them Out to Eat
Fortunately, you do not need to wear the aligners while you eat. You can simply remove them, enjoy any food you choose, and put them back once you are finished. Just remember to brush your teeth first!
Feel Beautiful When You Smile
We care about the smile you achieve at the end of the treatment, as well as the one you show the world during the process. Our aligners are clear and unnoticeable. They will not affect your appearance very much when you wear them.
Are the Aligners Hygienic?
Yes! The fact that you can fully remove your aligners from your mouth means that you can access every part of them for cleaning purposes. Cleaning your aligners is quick and simple. When you are done, you just pop them back into your mouth. Best of all, since you don’t eat with your aligners, you don’t have to worry about getting food inside them.
What Makes This Treatment So Effective?
Advances in Technology
The advanced technology and software that is integrated into this approach are the secret behind its success. In fact, Invisalign holds over 450 patents on devices that have significantly advanced the process of giving patients beautifully straight teeth. For example, the iTero Element scanner can take up to 6,000 images per second, resulting in better planning for your final results.
Want to know a fun fact about technology? The company is actually the world’s largest user of sophisticated 3D printers!
An Expert Team
According to Invisalign, “behind every clear aligner is an industry-leading team of engineers and scientists who are continuously innovating to improve your path to a beautiful smile.” Founded in 1997, the company has decades of research and experience to put towards the perfection of your teeth.
You Don’t Mind Wearing Them
To develop this treatment, the research team focused specifically on making their service a positive experience for patients. You will not have a reason to avoid your clear aligners. They are comfortable, and they will not affect your appearance.
You won’t need to leave them at home on a day when you know your picture will be taken. You will not need to put them aside for long periods of time when you know you will be eating certain foods. They are quick to clean. Best of all, you will never feel so uncomfortable that you want to give them a rest. The fact that you can stick to your alignment schedule without hassle means that your treatment will go as fast as possible.
Who Can Benefit From This Service?
This treatment is most popular among adults who want to give themselves the gift of a beautiful smile to show the world.
We know that you are doing your best to balance work obligations, family life, and other commitments. The straightforwardness of this treatment will make it fit easily into your life. We will plan your entire treatment right at the start, from your first set of aligners to your beautiful, new smile. From there, you will just need to switch to a new set every one or two weeks. You only need to come in for a quick check-up every now and then.
Many adults wish to correct their teeth but don’t want the adolescent look of braces. Clear aligners are a perfect solution! Throughout the treatment, you can go to work, be active in your community, and feel like you look your best.
Teens can also benefit from the service. In fact, in 2008, the company released “Invisalign Teen” with features specifically engineered for this age group. This service is especially convenient for teens because it will not interrupt their lives. Grabbing a snack with friends is no problem, and no foods are off-limits.
Sports, dance, and other extra-curricular activities can continue as usual. In fact, many world-class teenage athletes choose this service specifically so that they can compete without worrying about dental issues.
Confidence and self-esteem are especially important to teens. Clear aligners will allow them to look forward to beautifully straight teeth without compromising their self-image during the process.
Both Men and Women
Everyone wants a beautiful smile! This service can benefit both men and women.
How Long Until You See Results?
These clear aligners offer one of the fastest means of achieving a straighter smile. Most people can complete their treatment in less than twelve months. Frequently, a patient is finished in six months. In some cases, the time for the treatment is only three months. We know that you are eagerly anticipating your perfect smile, so we work with the world’s most cutting-edge equipment to get you the results you want, fast.
We make it our greatest priority to provide gentle, knowledgeable care for our patients. We are happy to tell you more about how Invisalign can give you straight teeth and a beautiful smile. For more information about Invisalign, or to determine if it’s right for you, contact us today at Nasser Orthodontics in Shreveport, LA. Call today to set up a consultation!