Most of us aren’t born with perfectly-aligned teeth, but fortunately, the Invisalign® orthodontic system can help us get those dazzling smiles we’ve been dreaming of. Invisalign uses a series of custom-fit, removable trays to shift teeth, without wires and brackets. Dr. Wynatte Chu has special training in the Invisalign system, helping adults and teens in Westport, Connecticut, and throughout the Chinatown and Tribeca neighborhoods of New York City, enjoy straighter teeth and beautiful smiles.
Invisalign is a state-of-the-art, patented orthodontic system that uses clear trays or aligners to move teeth into their correct positions without resorting to traditional metal or ceramic braces and their sharp brackets and wires. Trays are custom-fit for each patient, and because they’re completely clear, they’re virtually undetectable while they’re being worn. Invisalign is the most popular tray-based teeth-straightening treatment on the market, with years of proven success and millions of satisfied teen and adult patients.
Treatment starts with impressions of your teeth. The impressions are sent to a lab that specializes in the fabrication of Invisalign trays.
Once at the lab, the impressions are scanned into a computer equipped with special design software. The computer creates a series of 3D virtual models of the teeth, showing the movements each tooth needs to make to come into proper alignment. Then the aligners are created using those models to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal results.
Most patients wear between 12-30 aligners, depending on their needs. Aligners are worn in a specific sequence, with each aligner worn for about 2 weeks before being exchanged for the next aligner in the series. Patients visit the dentist about every 6 weeks for evaluations and to make sure their treatment is progressing as anticipated.
Invisalign Express is a 5-stage treatment plan designed to address minor alignment issues, enabling patients to complete treatment in about 3 months or less. Patients with minor alignment problems may be able to take advantage of this faster, less costly option.
Patients love Invisalign for good reasons. The Invisalign system offers several advantages compared to traditional braces that just makes treatment more comfortable and more convenient.
Call today to see if Invisalign is a good choice for you.