How does Invisalign differ from braces?

Invisalign is different from braces in many ways. Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually mean you spend less time in your doctor’s 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.

Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces.

A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to move your teeth into alignment. Dr. Judy offers Invisalign using the iTero Scanner so you are able to see a model of the changes to your teeth when your treatment is complete. This shows your actual teeth moving into their new position. Itero is the only way to see a simulated after image and Dr. Judy is one of the very few dentists who have this technology. iTero was designed to replace the “dreaded” goopy impressions that are unpleasant tasting and make many people uncomfortable.  By using a hand-held wand to optically scan the area, the entire impression is created digitally with no mess or bad taste. This translates into a more comfortable impression process.

Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new.
However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use, and comfortable to wear.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Judy has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Judy about once every 6-8 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.