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University Dental Group in Coral Gables

Invisalign® in Coral Gables, FL

The Discreet Path To A Straighter Smile

Are you unsatisfied with your smile? Do you wish your teeth were straighter and more uniform? You’ve come to the right place.

Thanks to Invisalign, the smile you’ve always dreamt of having is within reach. Made from a clear, thermoplastic material, Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that work as a replacement for traditional braces.

They gradually straighten a patient’s teeth without the use of wires and are also removable making eating, drinking, and flossing easier to do.

Invisalign is virtually invisible, making it less visually intrusive than traditional wire braces. Each aligner is also trimmed to fit the individual’s gum line for optimal comfort and a clean appearance. In addition to straightening teeth, Invisalign can also address various orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, spacing issues, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

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What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners were designed by a team of scientists and engineers to improve your smile and make the journey more bearable. While Invisalign is designed to straighten the teeth of the patient, other benefits of Invisalign include:

  • They are clear and metal-free for added visual appeal
  • It generally takes less time for Invisalign to completely straighten one’s teeth than with traditional braces
  • The removability of Invisalign makes it easier for patients to clean their teeth
  • There are virtually no restrictions on what you can eat with Invisalign
  • Invisalign is more comfortable than wire braces due to the texture, shape, and material they’re made from

How Do They Work?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues without the use of traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material.

A patients Invisalign aligners in their case

These aligners are custom-made for you based on digital scans or impressions of your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for about 1 to 2 weeks, gradually shifting the teeth into the desired position. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every few weeks to continue the process until the desired results are achieved.

Invisalign aligners are made from a patented material called SmartTrack®, which is FDA-approved. SmartTrack® material is designed to provide a precise, comfortable fit while exerting gentle yet effective forces to move teeth into the desired position. This material is a key component of the Invisalign system and contributes to the effectiveness and comfort of the treatment. Additionally, Invisalign aligners themselves are also FDA-approved for orthodontic use, ensuring their safety and efficacy for patients undergoing teeth-straightening treatment.

Our dentist in a consult with a patient getting invisalign in Coral Gables, FL

What To Expect

Our priority is always patient satisfaction and we are firm believers in ‘knowledge is power.’ That’s why we’re transparent about the process and will walk you through your journey below:

  1. Consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation with on of our cosmetic dentists in Coral Gables, FL, who are certified Invisalign Providers. During this appointment, your provider will examine your teeth and take digital impressions of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan.
  2. Treatment Plan: Based on the information gathered during the consultation, your provider will create a custom treatment plan. This will outline the precise movements of your teeth and the duration of your treatment, mapped out using our high-tech imaging sotware.
  3. Aligner Fabrication: Your treatment plan will be sent to our lab where a series of clear plastic aligners will be custom-made for you. These aligners are typically made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material that fits snugly over your teeth.
  4. Wearing the Aligners: You will wear each set of aligners for about 1 to 2 weeks, as prescribed by your provider. The aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking (except for water), brushing, and flossing.
  5. Progress Checkups: Throughout your treatment, you will have periodic checkups with your University Dental Group provider to monitor your progress and receive the next set of aligners. These checkups usually occur every 4 to 6 weeks.
  6. Gradual Adjustment: Each set of aligners will gradually move your teeth closer to their desired positions. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will incrementally shift into alignment.
  7. Refinement: In some cases, refinement may be necessary to fine-tune the results of your treatment. This involves creating additional sets of aligners to address any remaining misalignments or to perfect the bite.
  8. Retention: Once your treatment is complete, your provider will recommend wearing a retainer to help maintain the new position of your teeth. Relapse is common, especially initially, so this is a crucial step of your journey.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

Invisalign and traditional braces are both effective orthodontic treatments. Invisalign is nearly invisible and removable, offering greater flexibility and convenience compared to braces. While some complex cases may still require braces for optimal results, Invisalign is suitable for many orthodontic issues. Invisalign aligners are custom-made using advanced 3D imaging technology, and they work similarly to braces by gradually shifting teeth into the desired position. Additionally, Invisalign aligners can incorporate attachments, small tooth-colored dots attached to teeth to enhance the precision of tooth movements, making them a versatile option for various dental needs.

Can teens get Invisalign?

Yes, teenagers are eligible for Invisalign treatment too! Invisalign offers a Teen version specifically designed to accommodate the unique needs of younger patients, including compliance indicators to monitor wear time and the eruption of new teeth. However, it’s essential for teens to be responsible and committed to wearing their aligners as instructed by their Coral Gables dentist. Invisalign Teen aligners are an excellent option for teenagers who want a more discreet alternative to traditional braces without sacrificing effectiveness.

How do I clean my aligners?

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is essential for maintaining oral hygiene and preventing bacterial buildup. You can clean your aligners by gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste every time you remove them. It’s also recommended to soak them in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals to remove stubborn stains and bacteria. Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the aligners. Additionally, remember to brush and floss your teeth before reinserting the aligners to prevent trapping food particles.

How soon will I see results?

The timeline for seeing results with Invisalign varies depending on the complexity of your orthodontic issues and your adherence to wearing the aligners as directed. Some patients may start noticing improvements within a few weeks of starting treatment, while others may take several months to see significant changes. Your orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan outlining the expected timeline for your specific case. Consistently wearing your aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day and attending regular check-ups will help ensure timely progress and optimal results.

How long will my treatment take?

The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues and your treatment goals. On average, treatment  typically lasts between 9 to 18 months. However, some patients may require shorter or longer treatment times. Dr. Morales or Dr. Garcia will provide a more accurate estimate after evaluating your teeth and designing your personalized treatment plan. Adhering to your treatment plan, wearing your aligners as instructed, and attending regular check-ups are crucial for achieving the desired results within the estimated timeframe.

Is clear aligner therapy painful?

While clear aligner therapy may cause some discomfort or pressure during the initial stages and when transitioning to a new set of aligners, it is generally considered less painful than traditional braces. The discomfort experienced with clear aligners is often described as mild and temporary, typically subsiding within a few days as your teeth adjust to the new aligners. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort during this adjustment period. Overall, clear aligner therapy offers a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment option for many patients.