Straight, properly aligned teeth are not only attractive, but they are also healthier and easier to clean. Crooked teeth and an improper bite can lead to long-term dental issues that may be painful and expensive to fix. This is why our experienced general dentists, Dr. Minho Chang and Dr. Nam Kim, at Luminous Dental Studio are happy to offer Invisalign. Instead of having the traditional metal braces and brackets fixed upon your teeth for a lengthy period of time, you can opt for our clear aligners that are removable. With aligners, you will have the freedom to take them out when you eat, brush your teeth, or when you need to smile for a picture for a special occasion.
At a consultation, we can use digital imaging to create a visualization (with the Smile Design software by Planmeca) of what your teeth could look like with the use of a clear aligner. Millions of orthodontic patients around the world have benefited from the Invisalign system as it effectively guided their teeth into a more natural appearance. If you are interested in getting straighter teeth with Invisalign technology, schedule a consultation at Luminous Dental Studio to learn more.
There are many factors that can determine your teeth alignment: genetics, thumbsucking as a child, the loss of a tooth or teeth, and traumatic accidents to the face. The misalignment of your teeth can lead to other oral health problems, including dental malocclusion (a bad bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, as well as toothaches and jaw pain. If Dr. Kim or Dr. Chang notices any of these problems during your dental exam, they may recommend orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is great for both adults and teens who want straighter teeth without the pain, hassle, and appearance of metal braces. While they do need to be worn for most of the time, Invisalign can be taken out for eating and brushing your teeth, as well as for special events and playing sports. They are more discreet than metal braces that can cut and poke the inside of your cheek. Your friends and loved ones may not be able to tell that you are wearing your Invisalign tray.
What to Expect
Your first set of Invisalign trays will be created using your PlanScan® 3D digital impressions at Luminous Dental Studio. No gooey impressions will have to be made. We will send the images out to have your Invisalign made. You will return to our office for your fitting and receive your first set of trays. We will teach you how to care for your teeth and trays before you leave. You will need to wear your aligners at least 20 – 22 hours each day for the system to work — ideally removing them only for eating and cleaning. Over time, you will advance to the next set of aligners as the first set has gently moved your teeth into a new position. You will need to schedule follow-up appointments every 4 – 6 weeks at Luminous Dental Studio to have the fit of your aligners checked. We will take more digital impressions so new sets of aligners can be made as your teeth move. The length of time that you use Invisalign will vary based on the original position of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, but most patients wear aligners for about one year.
Once your teeth are in alignment, it's important to keep your teeth from moving back to their old position. We will talk to you about wearing a custom retainer to maintain your newly aligned smile. We will talk to you about how often to wear your retainer and how to care for it at home. Dr. Kim or Dr. Chang will continue to observe and document your teeth alignment and bite during your dental exams to ensure your teeth remain in the right position.
Results That Make You smile
If you or your child are interested in having straighter, healthier teeth without the drawbacks of metal orthodontics, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang and Dr. Kim to learn more about the advanced Invisalign system. They can develop your custom Invisalign treatment plan during your appointment at Luminous Dental Studio and get you started on the path to a more attractive smile.