What is Invisalign?
Learn about Invisalign with Lenny Slepchik, D D S, a Preferred Provider
Are you embarrassed to smile? Does the way your teeth meet bother you? Dr. Slepchik offers Invisalign treatment in downtown Montreal so that his patients can straighten their teeth without anyone knowing you are wearing braces. You can enjoy discreet treatment that results in a beautiful smile.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign targets alignment issues (how your teeth meet) such as crowded, tilted or rotated teeth, and the gaps between them. The clear aligners fit your teeth at each stage and gradually move them to arrive at your ultimate goal. These removable aligners are made from a comfortable plastic and are worn for 1 week at a time. In fact, this can create a straighter smile in under a year. We recommend Invisalign treatment to make flossing and brushing easier.
Straightening teeth can not only improve the look of your smile but also improve your overall dental health. By eliminating hard to reach spaces in your mouth, periodontal disease and cavities can be reduced. Patients that have an interest in Invisalign will have both digital x-rays and digital impressions taken in our office. After Dr. Slepchik takes the impressions, we send this diagnostic information to the Invisalign lab. Their lab will then send virtual time-lapse images of your smile, which helps you visualize how the treatment will work.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
Many teens and adults are good candidates for Invisalign. The advanced techniques that are now available with this protocol make Invisalign appropriate for mild to moderate misalignment, including the correction of over-bite, under-bite, and cross-bite. Patients should be in good oral health and be free of gum disease before beginning Invisalign treatment. If dental problems exist, we will provide treatment to improve oral health before commending with teeth-straightening.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign has become a preferred method of teeth-straightening because, unlike traditional braces, there are no fixtures that are permanently attached to the teeth. The two protocols work in a similar manner. Each applies consistent pressure on teeth to first loosen the hold of the periodontal ligament, simultaneously, the pressure that is exerted on teeth is done so in a way that forces them into better alignment. The protocols differ in the extent of malocclusion each can correct and in the method through which teeth are straightened. Severe malocclusion may need to be treated with traditional orthodontic treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign
The benefits of Invisalign relate to the clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for every step in the teeth-straightening process. Aligners are:
- Removable: Take your aligners out when you eat and when you brush and floss.
- Easy to clean: To keep them fresh, rinse them with warm water.
- Comfortable: The aligners are made from smooth plastic and contain no sharp edges.
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Invisalign Treatment Process
If you are interested in Invisalign, there are multiple steps as part of the Invisalign treatment. For the first appointment, we will take photos of your teeth and provide you a simulation of the possible result. Next, Dr. Slepchik will create the most effective treatment plan for the patient. After a treatment plan is decided, Dr. Slepchik will place the attachments on your teeth with your first set of aligners. Your will be visiting us every 2-3 months in which we will provide you with newly adjusted aligners.
The Invisalign process is explained in further detail below and will be discussed during your consultation.
Appointment 1: Records
Using the Itero Impression System, we take digital photos of the teeth to create extremely accurate models to evaluate your mouth’s orthodontic situation. Our system also provides an immediate simulation of the possible result. It’s easy and comfortable. This appointment is about one hour long.
Appointment 2: Case Presentation
Based on his experience with the Invisalign system, Dr. Slepchik provides different prescriptions to create the most effective treatment plan. Dr. Slepchik will show and explain the chosen treatment to the patient. At this point, we also explain the number of appointments necessary and all costs.
Our Invisalign treatment includes the aligners, up to 2 refinement series and 4 sets of retainers and a wire retainer (if necessary). There are no additional costs. Upon patient acceptance and initial deposit, we order the aligners.
Appointment 3: Attachments & Aligners
Appointment 4 (and on):
Every 2-3 months, we supply new aligners and check the progress of the case. At case completion, we analyze the final result and decide if further treatment would enhance what was achieved. If yes, a refinement is done using additional aligners. When we complete the case, we order your retainers. At times, we place a thin wire retainer on the tongue side of the lower front teeth.