Invisalign® is a comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. It works for adults and for teenagers with all of their adult teeth. Invisalign uses removable, clear, custom aligner trays to straighten your teeth. The trays are comfortable, virtually invisible and, unlike metal braces, can be removed for eating and oral hygiene.
Dr. Strickland has been providing Invisalign treatment for over 20 years treating hundreds of patients in that time. He is a Preferred Invisalign Provider. When you come to Dr. Strickland, he will discuss all of your dental needs with you to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, so his treatment will result in a beautiful, healthy smile.
If you would like beautiful, straight teeth and don’t want to wear braces, come see us for a Complimentary Invisalign Consultation. Your visit will include:
Invisalign aligners have many advantages over traditional metal braces. Many of these advantages are listed here:
Invisalign aligners work by gently shifting your teeth horizontally and vertically, and rotating them as needed. The aligners are designed to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time in order to shift your teeth into the correct position.
Over the course of your treatment, you will receive a series of aligner trays that have been custom-made for you. These aligners fit snugly over your teeth and are virtually invisible.
You will receive a new aligner tray about every two weeks. Each tray will gradually move your teeth closer to their final position. The tooth movement is charted out according to Dr. Strickland’s treatment plan.
Planning your treatment
After your initial consultation with Dr. Strickland, he will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. He will check your oral health, and take panoramic digital X-rays, digital photos and impressions of your teeth. Using all of this information, Dr. Strickland will develop your custom treatment plan. He will map out exactly how your teeth will move at each phase of the treatment, and will show you the movement and your final smile. He will also tell you about how long the treatment will take.
Custom aligners based on your treatment plan
Dr. Strickland sends all of your teeth-straightening diagnostic information to the Invisalign lab, where they create a full series of aligners made of smooth BPA-free, non-irritating plastic. You will receive a set of sequential aligners during your visits to our office. When one tray has completed its tooth movement, you will replace it with the next aligner tray in the sequence.
You will wear your aligners between 20 and 22 hours per day to get the proper teeth movement. You can take the aligners out to eat, brush and floss.
Gradually straightening your teeth
About every two weeks you will change from the old aligners to the new ones, and the new aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into a new position – one that is a little closer to the final position. This will continue until your treatment is complete. You will have an appointment with Dr. Strickland about every six weeks, so he can check on your progress.
Teenagers with teeth or bite alignment problems can transform their smiles without feeling self-conscious, as when wearing metal braces.
Invisalign Teen gives teenagers the same great benefits and results as the adult treatments. They use the same smooth, clear, BPA-free plastic material and, when worn according to the doctor’s recommendations, are just as effective as traditional metal braces. These aligners are also removable for eating, brushing and flossing. Recommended wearing time is 20 to 22 hours per day for an effective outcome.
There are a few added bonuses when your teenager receives the Invisalign Teen treatment. The treatment comes with six replacement trays – free of charge. In addition, compliance tracking is built right into the aligner trays so you and Dr. Strickland can see how often the trays are being worn.
Dr. Strickland provides Invisalign clear aligner treatment to fix many problems with teeth and bite alignment. Following are the primary conditions Invisalign can correct.
Overly crowded teeth
Overly crowded teeth occur when the jawbones don’t have enough room for all of your teeth to be positioned correctly.
Gaps in teeth
Gaps between your teeth can be caused when your jawbone continues to grow abnormally, or when you have missing teeth and the adjacent teeth have shifted. Wherever there are spaces between teeth, gum disease can occur.
Your upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, which can cause jaw joint problems, gum irritation and excess wear on your lower teeth.
Your lower teeth protrude up and over your upper teeth. This can cause stress on your lower teeth, along with jaw joint problems.
An open bite occurs when some of your upper and lower teeth can’t make contact with each other when your jaws are closed. This can cause problems with the jaw joint, painful chewing and doesn’t allow you to chew properly.
This condition occurs when the upper teeth do not bite onto the lower teeth properly. They bite onto the inside of the lower teeth. This can contribute to bone loss, gum disease and excess teeth wear.