Achieve Beautifully Straight Teeth with Invisalign®
Dr. Hancock uses Invisalign® to straighten teeth for both teens and adults. Invisalign is a teeth straightening alternative to braces that has been clinically proven, with over 15 years of clinical research, to effectively straighten your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.
Additionally, Invisalign is an invisible straightening solution compared to traditional braces, and moves your teeth gradually so as not to cause as much discomfort as brackets and wires. Invisalign uses a high-grade clear plastic material to make the aligners, which result in an accurate fit to your teeth.
Planning your Invisalign treatment
The first step to getting started with Invisalign treatment is to have Dr. Hancock evaluate your teeth and bite. He can determine whether you are able to use Invisalign to correct your bite. Dr. Hancock will make sure that Invisalign is the right solution for you.
Though most people are candidates for Invisalign, there are however, some cases where severe alignment issues would require teeth straightening with traditional braces. This will be determined in a consultation and exam with Dr. Hancock.
Accurate diagnostics for custom aligners
If Dr. Hancock approves your case for Invisalign treatment, he will conduct all the necessary diagnostics to give him the detailed information he needs to set up your treatment. This will also reveal how long your treatment will probably take. As you progress with treatment, you will visit Dr. Hancock roughly every 6 weeks to check how your teeth straightening is going.
Each set of Invisalign aligners is designed by expert lab technicians on advanced computer software. This digital treatment plan ensures precision in the creation of your Invisalign aligners and overall expected treatment outcome.
How Invisalign works
For most cases, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years for the entire process. Adults and teens can expect about the same time as traditional braces for teeth straightening and correction of your bite alignment.
For the most effective results, Dr. Hancock recommends that you only remove your aligners when eating or brushing your teeth. They can be removed for special occasions as well but the longer they are worn, the faster you will achieve your teeth straightening goals.
Gradually straightening your teeth
You will receive a new set of clear aligners every two weeks. Each set of new aligners effectively shifts your teeth into a new position until your teeth are in the desired position.
Conditions Invisalign Can Fix
There are many conditions that Invisalign can be used to fix one’s teeth alignment or bite:
Overly Crowded Teeth
This is normally an issue when there is not enough space in the jawbone for all the teeth.
This is a condition in which the top teeth extend beyond the lower, often resulting in problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It can also put stress on the gums and lower teeth.
Underbites, like overbites, cause stress on both the upper and lower teeth, and TMJ.
Gaps in teeth
Sometimes an abnormal growth of the jawbone or missing teeth can cause causing other teeth to drift out of place. This can also create issues that lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Open bites are never fully closed when the teeth come into contact with each other. This condition can cause pain when chewing, and problems with the TMJ.
When both upper and lower jaws are misaligned, causing one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower.
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