Dr. Greenberg is a Premier Provider for Invisalign® clear dental aligners, which are removable braces made of smooth, comfortable, clear plastic. The treatment process involves using computerized models of patient’s teeth to develop molds for individual aligners that stage the current and desired teeth positions.
Dr. Greg Greenberg has been awarded the designation of a 2016 Invisalign Premier Provider, whose experience is greater than that of the Preferred Provider. Practicing exclusively as an orthodontist, he has gained extensive experience using Invisalign® Removable Braces (Clear Dental Aligners) to treat crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite or an open bite.
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Invisalign® Removable Braces (Clear Dental Aligners)
Invisalign® Removable Braces are manufactured by Align Technologies, a multinational medical device company headquartered in San Jose, California. These state-of-the-art braces consist of transparent, incremental aligners, designed specifically for each individual patient, which gradually adjust teeth to their desired position. Because Invisalign® braces are made of a specialized, hard, clear plastic, they are virtually invisible when you wear them and do not irritate the gums. Many adults choose Invisalign® because they have the appearance of not wearing braces at all. The smooth aligners make wearing braces comfortable with minimal impact on your everyday life. With Invisalign® braces, there are no food restrictions since you remove the aligners when you eat.
How Invisalign® Removable Braces Work
Treatment begins with x-rays, photographs, a bite registration, and polyvinyl siloxane impressions being taken of your teeth and gums. Dr. Greenberg then creates a treatment plan based on these studies. Dental impressions of your teeth are sent to be scanned in order to create a computerized model. This model uses the orthodontist's treatment plan to create stages between the current teeth position and the desired position. Before the aligners are manufactured, a computer graphic simulation is provided to you and Dr. Greenberg for approval or modification. This will enable you to see a virtual representation of how your teeth will move as you progress through each stage of treatment.
Once approved, several molds are then used to customize individual aligners, which are made of an elasticthermoplastic material. The aligners apply pressure to your teeth to move them into the aligners position. You will receive anywhere from 6 to 48 aligners depending on how far your teeth need to be moved. Aligners are numbered and worn for two weeks each, changing sets as you advance to the next stage. Teeth are moved .25 to .33 millimeters per aligner and average treatment time is 13.5 months. Treatment time will vary depending on the complexity of the teeth movement plan.
The aligners can easily be removed for brushing and flossing teeth, as well as eating, and are meant to be worn for 20-22 hours per day. Approximately every six weeks, you will need to schedule an orthodontic appointment to have your progress checked. Since your aligners are pre-made and incremental, there is no tightening involved at your appointments.
Refinements may need to be made during the course of treatment. Attachments can be added for patients who need a tooth rotated or pulled down. Invisalign® braces are a suitable option for patients without severely crooked or misaligned teeth and who do not want to appear to be wearing braces. Conditions favorable for Invisalign® braces include:
- Gapped teeth: Spaces between teeth or missing teeth
- Overbite (also known as overjet): Upper teeth bite over the lower teeth
- Underbite: Lower teeth protrude past upper teeth
- Open bite: Some teeth don't make physical contact with opposing teeth (improper bite)
- Overcrowding: Not enough room for teeth to fit normally
- Crossbite: One or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth
New advancements in the Invisalign® products are continually being made. Precision Cuts is a treatment process which allows the Invisalign® aligners to be used in conjunction with elastic bands. This enables patients with more severe bite issues to still have the Invisalign® option.
Caring For Invisalign® Removable Braces
Each time you remove your Invisalign® braces, you should clean them to ensure that no food or low pH saliva is trapped inside. Simply brush them thoroughly with a soft- bristled toothbrush and warm water, or use a mild denture cleaner. Do not use an abrasive toothpaste, as this can create tiny abrasions in the surface of the aligners that make them dull, as well as form areas that can harbor bacteria.
If you experience tartar build-up on your aligners, you can soak them in a glass of water with a Polident retainer tablet while you have them out to eat. They should brush clean easily afterward. Invisalign® crystals for cleaning are available online through the Invisalign® Store.
Because you are able to remove your Invisalign® braces, you can brush and floss normally with no brackets to work around. When you do have your aligners out, store them in the provided case to avoid loss or damage.
Advantages of Invisalign® Removable Braces include:
- Virtually invisible
- Easy to clean
- No food restrictions
- Well-established treatment time (each tray worn for 2 weeks)
- Computer simulation shows teeth progression and outcome
- Invisalign® Teen provides up to 6 free replacement aligners
Disadvantages of Invisalign® Removable Braces are:
- Not suitable for severe dental problems
- Higher cost than traditional braces
- Six week wait time for aligners to arrive from factory
- In some cases, traditional braces are still needed for a few months after treatment
As with most braces, a retainer is usually required for a period of time at night after the conclusion of treatment. Vivera® retainers are available which use the same advanced technology as Invisalign® braces. They are custom made for a precise, comfortable fit and come as a set of four retainers in case of loss or damage. Dr. Greenberg will advise you as to how long you should continue to wear your retainer in order to maintain your beautiful, new smile.
Dr. Greg Greenberg has received specialized training from Align Technologies and is pleased to offer Invisalign® Removable Braces to his patients. Our office, RxSmile Dr. Greg Greenberg Orthodontist, is open Monday through Thursday but office hours vary. Please call 972-335-1300 to schedule an appointment.
Our goal at the RxSmile Frisco orthodontics office with Dr. Greg Greenberg is to provide highly personalized and comprehensive orthodontic care for our families in the Frisco-Plano metropolitan area. If you have questions about braces and would like to make an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Greg Greenberg, please call 972 335 1300 Monday through Thursday or submit an online appointment request and we will respond within one business day.