Invisalign® is a tooth-straightening system that uses a series of removable, clear plastic trays (called aligners) to gently guide teeth into the correct position. Invisalign® is an alternative to metal or ceramic braces. Invisalign® is used to address most alignment issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and gaps between teeth. Both adult and teen versions are available so patients of nearly any age can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign® system.
Invisalign® offers several benefits compared to traditional braces. First, because the trays are made of clear, smooth plastic, they're virtually invisible while they are being worn. The aligners are very comfortable, with no sharp wires or brackets to rub and irritate the mouth. The aligners are removable for short periods of time to eat or to clean the teeth. It is recommended to wear the aligners for at least 22-23 hours a day.
Upon an initial examination, Dr. Castillo will decide if Invisalign is right for you. Treatment begins with the dentist taking impressions of the teeth. The impressions are sent to a lab where a technician scans them into a computer. Special software scans the impressions and then creates a series of virtual 3-D models that reflect the movements the teeth need to make to come into their proper alignment. The aligners are then crafted based on these models. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being changed to the next in the series. Most patients can complete treatment in less than two years.
Generally, no, although some plans provide partial coverage for orthodontic care. Our office can help patients determine their coverage limits and identify other sources of budget-friendly financing. If you are interested in correcting the alignment of your teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Castillo to determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment for you.
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