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Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, using a series of clear removable aligners. Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthdontic practices nationwide.

invisalign device On your first visit, Dr. Paskerian will create a plaster mold of your teeth. Using that mold, Invisalign® will use computer imaging technology to create a set of transparent aligners for your top and bottom teeth.

You'll wear the first aligner 24 hours a day, taking them out only to eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Over the first two weeks, your teeth will gradually move from their present locations to their new, perfectly positioned locations.

At the end of the first two weeks, you'll stop wearing the first aligner (or aligners, if both your top and bottom teeth are being straightened), and begin wearing the next aligner in the set. Every two weeks you'll change to a new aligner until, with the last set, your teeth will have moved into position to give you that beautiful, confident smile you've always wanted, and you'll no longer have to wear any aligner!

Why Invisalign®?

why Invisalign® can help you get the great smile you've always wanted because it's:

Invisible, so no one can tell you're straightening your teeth. So now you can smile more during treatment, as well as after.

Removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.

Comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in our office getting adjustments.

Invisalign® also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.



How long will it take for my teeth to straighten?
On average, patients receive between 18 and 30 aligners, and their full course of treatment lasts 9-12 months. But each treatment is individually designed by us for your particular teeth, so the number of aligners and length of treatment can vary from patient to patient.

How often will I have to come to your office?
We need to guarantee that your teeth are moving correctly, and safely, in your mouth, so we will have you come in to let us examine the position of your teeth every 6 weeks. We want your teeth to be as perfect as you do!

What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

What do aligners look like?
Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. They're sometimes called "contact lenses for teeth."

How does Invisalign® effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign® Aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign®?
Doctors can use Invisalign to treat a vast majority of patients with fully-erupted molars.

I am currently wearing braces - can I make the switch to Invisalign®?
Some patients can be treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign®. We'll help you determine whether this approach would be the best individual treatment for you.

Are crowns a factor in Invisalign® treatment?
No, crowns are usually not a factor in Invisalign® treatment. However, sometimes small composites called attachments are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements. We'll be able to carefully evaluate your crowns for their suitability for Invisalign® alignment.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign® treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular, or jaw, joint. Individuals can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign®. Let us evaluate your particular situation to see if Invisalign® is the right treatment for you.

Can Invisalign® close gaps (space closure)?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with the Invisalign® System.

Are bridges a factor in Invisalign® treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they can offer significant resistance to tooth movement. We'll be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

Will the treatment be painful?
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that Invisalign® is working - sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new Aligner in the series.

Will wearing Invisalign® Aligners affect my speech?
Like all orthodontic treatments, Aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having Aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the Aligners should disappear.

Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike traditional wires & brackets, you can eat whatever you desire while in treatment because you remove your Aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your Aligners to maintain proper hygiene.

Will smoking stain the aligners?
We discourage smoking while wearing Aligners because it is possible for the Aligners to become discolored.

Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
No, gum will stick to the Aligners. We recommend removing your Aligners for all meals and snacks.

What's the best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your Aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I wear my aligners?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing.

Can patients use aligners for bleaching teeth while active tooth movement is occurring?
The makers of Align have not examined the compatibility of currently available bleaching products with their Aligners, nor have they demonstrated efficacy in clinical studies. Let us talk to you about your options for whitening teeth.

How often must I come in for alignment appointments?
We will schedule regular appointments - usually about once every six weeks. This is the only way we can be sure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?
This depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to the ones Invisalign® makes. We'll discuss these possibilities. Every patient is different and outcomes vary.

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