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Invisalign

Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic technique patented by Align Technology in which maligned teeth are moved through a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually move teeth in incremental stages.  The trays are fabricated through a series of steps.

Step 1

A set of detailed impressions are taken of your teeth along with a set of digital photos and xrays. Dr. Jackson reviews these records and submits a detailed prescription of the pathway to move your teeth into appropriate positions.

   

 

Step 2

The records and prescription are submitted to the Invisalign laboratory where they are scanned into a computer system. Following scanning, Dr. Jackson is notified to review the scan and recommended movements necessary to move your teeth using a program called ClinCheck. ClinCheck shows a customized animation of your orthodontic correction from start to finish before your trays are made.

 

Step 3

Once approved by your orthodontist, this animation is then divided into "frames" or "slices" of movement, and each frame of movements corresponds to a sequential tray. Invisalign then fabricates the trays and ships all of the trays to your orthodontist. The number of trays depends on the complexity of your treatment and usually varies from 10-25 trays.

 

Step 4

At your next visit, your first tray is inserted and you will likely receive some additional trays to change on your own. You will be asked to wear your trays 20-22 hours/day and change to your next tray within 2-3 weeks. Dr. Jackson prefers to see patients every 6-9 weeks for evaluations to make sure your teeth are moving as prescribed.

 

Can Invisalign fix all types of Orthodontic Issues?

Invisalign is appropriate for certain orthodontic issues such as crowding, excess spaces, overbites, and relapse from previous orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jackson has recently learned to use Invisalign for larger bite corrections where patients can even wear elastics with their trays. As with many systems, Invisalign continues to advance with new technology each year to broaden the spectrum of treatment. Your doctor's experience and knowledge of Invisalign will likely have a large effect on your outcome. Over 1.5 million people have been treated with Invisalign with a 96% patient satisfaction rate. To see some of the latest advances in Invisalign and take a self-assessment, please visit www.invisalign.com.