Invisalign

Invisalign | Clear Braces Revolutionizing Dentistry

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

Dr. Adler has been an Invisalign provider for the past seven years.  He stays on top of Invisalign’s new developments and improvements by regularly attending continuing education courses, such as the one he is attending in March of 2010.  He is constantly striving to not only offer his patients the best products available but to also improve his own knowledge and skills to offer them the best treatment possible.

Invisalign has been one of those revolutionary products in dentistry that has greatly contributed to helping patients improve their overall dental health and enhance their smiles both cosmetically and functionally without interrupting their lives.  Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces to straighten teeth.  With traditional braces patients have to wear metal brackets and wires for years in some cases that are uncomfortable, irritating the cheeks and gums, and are difficult to keep clean.  In addition to all this they are also unattractive.  Anyone who had traditional braces as a child will cringe at the memory of being called brace face or metal mouth.  Adults are even more hesitant to have traditional braces placed because they feel self-conscious and not taken seriously.  Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without looking like you are.  Invisalign uses series of clear plastic trays called aligners that are custom made to gradually move your teeth into place by switching out aligners about every two weeks.  They are easy to use and are removable to allow regular eating and brushing.

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Invisalign is constantly striving to improve their products.  One of their latest advancements is their new Invisalign Teen.  This is a program that is tailored for teens.  The aligners have a Blue Dot Wear Indicator designed to show an estimation of wear-time.  For any lost or misplaced aligners, it comes with up to six free replacement aligners.  Invisalign is constantly expanding the difficultly and types of problems that can be treated.  Treatable conditions include overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite, and underbite to name a few.  Invisalign is not just for improving teeth cosmetically but is an important tool for improving a patient’s overall health and wellness.  Straighter teeth are easier to clean and less prone to infection.  People will often think that infections in the mouth are somehow isolated from the rest of the body but this could not be further from the truth.  Dental infections can easily spread throughout the body.  Good dental health improves the health of the entire body.

Getting Aligned with Invisalign Invisible Braces

before-smile-sm1 Jeff came to Dr. Adler of Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry seeking to brighten and straighten his smile.  

 

Dr. Adler sat down with Jeff and discussed exactly what Jeff’s expectations and goals were.  He found that Jeff wanted his teeth to be healthy but also wanted them too look good and appear natural.  Based on Dr. Adler’s thorough exam, he noted that Jeff had decay on several teeth and that one of his lateral teeth (#10 upper left next to middle front teeth) was peg shaped, under sized and out of proportion.  He also saw that Jeff’s teeth were discolored and varied in shade, crowded, in an unhealthy bite, and had extreme wear and gum line problems.  Dr. Adler recommended that Jeff first have fillings done to remove the decay and get his teeth healthy and then proceed with Invisalign and Zoom Whitening to straighten and brighten his teeth.  He also recommended that Jeff restore his lateral teeth (#7 and 10, on either side of his upper front teeth) to their correct size and proportion with porcelain veneers. The fillings were important to do first not only to remove the decay before the cavity got worse but also because Jeff would not have been able to have any restorative work done once the Invisalign treatment had started until it was finished.  This is because the trays that are used in the treatment are made all at once and progressively shift the teeth into position as the trays are changed out.  If restorative work was done during treatment then the trays would not fit.

Jeff Before  

Jeff Before

For each tooth with a cavity, Dr. Adler removed the decay from the tooth and then placed tooth colored composite resin in the prepared tooth reshaping it to its original shape.  A harmless curing light is used to harden and set the material.  The tooth is then good as new and the filling is unnoticeable.

Once all the cavities had been restored with composite fillings, Dr. Adler was able to start the Invisalign.  An impression of Jeff’s teeth and bite were taken and then sent to Invisalign labs.  There a model of Jeff’s mouth was made and scanned as 3-D virtual image.  They then made small incremental movements of the virtual teeth to simulate how the aligners would shift the teeth into their final position.  Buttons, small tooth colored composite dots placed on selected teeth, were required to help certain teeth shift and rotate more.  Once this virtual model was completed, it was sent to Dr. Adler for approval and/or modification. Once approved, the aligners were fabricated for the entire treatment phase and sent back to Dr. Adler.  The buttons were places on the selected teeth and Jeff was given his first set of aligners.  Each aligner was worn for about two weeks and each new aligner was slightly different to help slowly move the teeth into there proper position.  The aligners were clear so it was hard for anyone to know that Jeff had “braces” on.  They were removable for easy cleaning and were not worn when eating.  Since Jeff had crowded teeth, IPR (inter proximal reduction) was required to give the teeth more room to move.  IPR is a very simple and painless procedure that involves Dr. Adler filing a very minuscule portion between the teeth to create a small amount of space that the teeth will later move into. Treatment was completed in 6 month, much less time than traditional braces.  The buttons were removed once treatment was done and clear aligner retainers were given to be worn at night to keep the teeth from shifting back.

Jeff had Zoom Whitening treatment done to brighten his new smile and remove the discoloration.  The after-smile-sm1 Zoom whitening gel was applied to each tooth and then cured with a high intensity curing light that activates the whitening gel.  The Zoom light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.  This procedure was repeated four times to maximize the whitening effect.  After the treatment, Jeff had a noticeably brighter smile.  He was given more whitening gel to use with his Invisalign retainers for any need touch up or maintenance bleaching.

Now that Jeff’s teeth were all a beautiful shade of white, the veneers could be placed.  A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color or shape.  A veneer generally covers only the front and top of a tooth.  Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth. 

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Jeff After

Jeff’s two upper front teeth on either side of the middle teeth (#7 & 10) were first shaped and roughened to prepare them for the veneers.  Impressions were then taken of the teeth and sent to Aurum Ceramic Dental Laboratory, where the veneers were artistically custom crafted.  Once the veneers had returned from the lab, they were cemented onto Jeff’s teeth using a durable adhesive bond.  The bond was then cured with a harmless high-intensity light.  This final touch completed Jeff’s treatment and he now has exactly what he wanted, a straight and white natural looking smile.  The results are stunning and Jeff loves showing off his smile now.

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