Dr. Wisdom Akpaka (“Dr. Wisdom”) is a certified Invisalign® provider. By wearing a sequence of clear aligning trays called “aligners”, teeth can be gently shifted into place. Adults and teens appreciate the clearness of the aligners and their smoothness. Best of all, the aligners are removable, so you can take them out for special occasions, and you will remove them to eat and clean your teeth.
Optimal alignment of teeth typically can be achieved within 12 to 18 months, and the cost is not more than the cost of traditional wire and bracket braces. The effectiveness of Invisalign® orthodontics is well documented, and more than one million individuals have been treated using this technology.
Why Are Orthodontics Desirable?
Often patients think of orthodontic treatment as a cosmetic fix for irregularly spaced, turned, or inclined teeth. Orthodontics is much more than a cosmetic treatment. Orthodontics improve oral health and the longevity of your natural teeth and dental restorations. Invisalign® is an especially desirable form of orthodontic treatment because throughout treatment, you can smile with confidence, not have irritated lips and cheeks, eat normally, and more easily thoroughly clean your mouth.
Who Can Be Treated with Invisalign®?
Invisalign® treatment can fix several issues that are typical to the adult mouth. Invisalign® is effective treatment for adults and teens whose permanent teeth have erupted. Invisalign® treats a wide range of problems from widely gapped, overly crowded, or protruding teeth to cases involving serious malocclusion, overbite or under bite. Adults who wore braces as teens and have since seen their teeth move out of alignment are also good candidates.
What Is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is an improper fit between the upper and lower teeth that can lead to premature tooth wear, crazing of the dental enamel, bruxism (teeth grinding), and painful temporomandibular joint disorders. When teeth are properly aligned, your smile will be more esthetic, you will be able to more easily clean all surfaces of your teeth, your occlusal function will be more harmonious, and you will better protect your teeth and dental restorations from excessive wear.
How Does Invisalign® Treatment Work?
How Does Invisalign® Treatment Work?
On your first visit, you will meet with Dr. Wisdom to discuss what you hope to achieve from treatment. As a certified Invisalign® provider, Dr. Wisdom will answer all of your questions and provide expert advice about the procedure. Once you and Dr. Wisdom decide Invisalign® is a good option, you will schedule a second appointment to start treatment.
At the second appointment, Dr. Wisdom will get the ball rolling by taking digital images of your mouth. The images will be processed with Invisalign® software, which will design a custom treatment plan for you. The plan will tell us how many aligners you will need to wear, and approximately how long your treatment will last. Your length of treatment will depend on how much correction is needed. Generally, patients change to the next set of aligners every two weeks. The aligners should be worn a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day to keep treatment on schedule.
Once the treatment plan is made, Dr. Wisdom will send it to an Invisalign® lab, where your sets of aligners will be created. When you return for your third visit, Dr. Wisdom will provide you with your first few sets of aligners and instruct you on how to use and care for them. Approximately every six weeks you will return to the office to pick up your next sets of aligners and have a quick checkup to make sure treatment is progressing as planned. Once treatment is complete, Dr. Wisdom will have a retainer made to help keep your teeth in place.
Invisalign® also has a special product for teenagers called Invisalign® Teen. This unique system offers the same benefits as the traditional product, but with a few extras to help out your teen stay with the program. Each aligner features a blue dot that fades as it is worn. The dot remains when kids don’t wear their aligners like they should, alerting parents that they are not complying with treatment. Because teens have a tendency to lose aligners, Invisalign® teen also includes six extra aligners, for free.
You Can Have a Beautiful Smile
If you want to enjoy a straighter smile without the hassle and discomfort of metal braces, contact us today to learn if Invisalign® is right for you. Your initial consultation appointment is free. Ave Maria Dental proudly serve Ave Maria, Tamarac, Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Parkland, Deerfield Beach, and even Fort Lauderdale.