Invisalign ® is a form of orthodontic treatment that works to correct many different types of malocclusions through the use of a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. Invisalign® was developed to eliminate the use of unsightly metal brackets and wires and allow orthodontic treatment to occur almost “invisibly”.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
After an evaluation visit to determine whether a patient is a candidate for Invisalign®, the orthodontist will take dental impressions, radiographs and pictures. Using these, Invisalign® will use its unique computer imaging system to create a series of Invisalign® aligners, which are clear and which will replace the standard bracket and wires of conventional orthodontics. The first in the series of clear retainers will fit the patient’s teeth as they exist at the beginning of treatment. Each successive retainer will exert forces which will move teeth to the position where the next retainer can take over.
The patient must wear each removable retainer for approximately two weeks. They must be worn at all times – 24 hours a day – except during meals.
The number of aligners will vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the malocclusion. The overall length of treatment generally approximates the time needed for standard orthodontics.
State-of-the-art Technology at Kimodontics
At Kimodontics, we have the latest technology in teeth imaging to ensure the most comfortable treatment experience for our patients. Our iTero 3D Scanner allows Dr. Kim and our orthodontic team to take a 3D scan of your teeth instead of having to take impressions, which can be time consuming and uncomfortable. The iTero 3D Scanner provides highly detailed images of your teeth in order for us to create a treatment plan that most accurately reflects your situation. Call us to find out more about our iTero 3D Scanner!