Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Q: Do braces hurt?

A: While actual placement of braces does not hurt, often time there can be discomfort and pain during the treatment process depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and the gravity of your problem.

Q: What is Invisalign?

A: Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth using virtually invisible aligners, similar to teeth-whitening trays.

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Invisalign uses a series of customized aligners to gradually move your teeth as mapped out by Dr. Suzuki. Each new set of aligners slightly moves certain teeth with controlled force.

Q: How long does Invisalign take?

A: Invisalign uses a series of aligners that are changed ever two weeks. The length of treatment is determined by the severity of the patients case. The average case takes about 12 months.

Q: What are invisible braces?

A: Invisalign braces are exactly as they say they are, invisible. The ailigners used to to straighten your teeth are completely transparent, thus making Invisalign braces harder to detect than traditional braces. Not only are Invisalign braces invisible in a cosmetic sense, Invisalign braces are also removable so eating, drinking, and keeping your teeth clean is not a hassle. It’s as if you’re not going through treatment at all with Invisalign braces. Clear and worry free, that’s what makes Invisalign braces invisible.

Q: Is there any pain during treatment?

A: Some patients do experience temporary discomfort during treatment.

Q: Is Invisalign worth it?

A: That depends on you. Invisalign provides the benefits of virtually invisible ailigners that are removable, thus fitting in to your lifestyle as necessary. Not everyone can be treated with Invisalign, so a consultation is needed to decide what options you can take for treatment.
  Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

Q: What is orthodontics?

A: Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry used for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Braces, aligners and other appliances are used to make these corrections by moving teeth and bones. An orthodontist specializes in the correction of bite issues (over-bite, under-bite, cross-bite), malocclusions, and the cosmetics of how a persons teeth look and function. Orthodontic treatment is a specialty that requires at least 3 additional years of education and ongoing education to stay current. In excess of these, other specialties such as Incognito Hidden Braces and Invisalign Clear Braces require additional training.

Q: Why use an Orthodontist?

A: Orthodontists receive the specialized training to deliver the unique treatment you deserve. An orthodontist is a specialist, and in the same way you would only trust the treatment of your heart to a cardiologist, or your skin care to a dermatologist over a general practitioner; orthodontic specialists have several years of graduate level training that general dentists do not. An orthodontist devotes years to additional specialized training after graduating from dental school. Much like their medical counterparts that limit their area of practice to one specialty, orthodontists are uniquely positioned with the in-depth experience necessary to deliver on the unique needs of your orthodontic care.

Q: How do orthodontic braces work?

A: Braces provide force and pressure to your teeth. The teeth move when the archwire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth to put them in alignment.

Q: How long will I need braces?

A: There are varying factors in determining how long a patient will need treatment with braces. The more severe a case the longer it may take. On average most cases take 18 month or more.

Q: Do braces hurt?

A: While actual placement of braces does not hurt, often time there can be discomfort and pain during the treatment process depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and the gravity of your problem.

Q: Do I still need to see my dentist?

A: It is very important to keep seeing your dentist for regular cleanings at least every 6 months. No get out of dental-jail free card! Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital.

Q: What can I eat?

A: The truth is you can eat just about anything during treatment as long as you cut up everything in to small pieces. When treatment begins, Dr. Suzuki will go over in detail what changes are needed during treatment.

Q: Is there an age limit to braces?

A: Not at all. Patients can be treated young and old as long as their teeth and gums are still healthy. There is no better time then now to get treatment.

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