Atlanta Residents Ask: Is Invisalign® a Permanent Fix?

Invisalign® in Atlanta and Marietta, GA

Invisalign® in Atlanta and Marietta, GAWhen you remove your last set of Invisalign® aligners, you’ll see your beautiful new smile, but there is still a little bit of work to be done to make sure that new smile will last a lifetime.

The Two Phases of Invisalign® Treatment: Active and Retention

During the active stage of Invisalign® treatment, a series of clear, custom-made aligners will slowly move your teeth into the proper position. The aligner trays are made of clear, smooth plastic, and they fit comfortably over your teeth. Invisalign® can be used to treat a variety of dental issues including crooked teeth, gapped teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite and crossbite.

During the active phase of Invisalign® treatment, your teeth will actually move. You’ll wear a set of aligners for two weeks; then you will switch them out for another set of aligners that continue to adjust your teeth. This process continues until the active phase of treatment is complete. The force caused by your aligners will cause changes in the teeth, the supporting tissues, the periodontal ligaments, the bone and the gums. New bone and tissue form around the space left behind and secure the teeth into their new positions.

When the active phase of treatment is complete, you’ll stop wearing the aligners. Once the force is gone (the aligners are no longer putting pressure on your teeth), the teeth have a tendency to want to shift back to their old places. So after the active phase of Invisalign®  treatment, you’ll go into a retention phase of treatment. This is when you will wear a retainer. The retainer will hold the teeth in the desired position so there is less likelihood of drifting or reversion. Typically, you will wear your retainer for a short time and then transition to wearing it only at night when you go to sleep.

After putting the time, effort and expense into Invisalign® treatments, you’ll want to make sure your results are long lasting, so don’t skip the retainer step.

To learn more about Invisalign® treatments, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Wright Orthodontics has two convenient locations to serve you in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia. As always, your initial consultation at Wright Orthodontics is offered free of charge with no hidden fees.

iTero® Scanner and Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

The iTero® Scanner is completely radiation-free, which makes it safe for pregnant women.

What is the iTero® Scanner?

The iTero® Scanner is a digital device that takes a 3D picture of your mouth, allowing orthodontists and dentists to get a full picture of your mouth and teeth. The iTero® Scanner has changed the face of dentistry to make treatments from orthodontics to restoration easier and faster. In addition to its safety, another advantage of the iTero® Scanner is that dental professionals can show patients the results of the planned treatments before they even begin.

The iTero® Scanner is an advanced optical impression system that records topographical images of teeth and oral tissue. It is an integral part of the Invisalign® orthodontic system and is being used with other types of braces and basic dental x-rays because of its ease and safety.

The iTero® Scanner combines the scanner with computer software to capture 3D images of a person’s teeth, soft tissue, and the structure of the mouth as well as the patient’s bite. As the images are taken the software processes the data so that it can help create the aligner trays for the orthodontic treatment. The process of taking the digital x-rays is much faster than using traditional impressions – even if repeat pictures are needed.

Why Use the iTero® Scanner?

In addition to the safety, there are many benefits to using the iTero® Scanner

  • No messy and yucky goop
  • Immediate images
  • Accurate results, better fitting treys
  • Pregnancy-safe

Let Your Orthodontist Know You are Pregnant

It is important to let your orthodontist know you are pregnant. Optimal oral health is vital for everyone, especially during pregnancy. Orthodontics not only offers cosmetic benefits, but it also brings teeth into alignment to ensure effective oral hygiene.

If you are considering orthodontics and are pregnant, there is no reason to put off treatment. The advances in today’s market make dental care safe for everyone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.