The brand name Invisalign® might be familiar from an advertising campaign or marketing effort, but for patients who are considering the treatment plan, it’s essential to understand the system, and if it’s a good option. Patients who have a good understanding of their treatment are inclined to make better decisions for themselves, and also work more collaboratively with their dentist.
To be sure, all dental treatments and procedures require an initial consult from a professional. And with Invisalign® it’s no different, particularly because it’s such a specialized product. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre in Vaughan Maple Woodbridge, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis determines if Invisalign® is right for a patient, and how best to proceed. Dr. Pedvis also discusses the benefits, and outlines the treatment plan.
Clearly, each patient is different, and with different needs. With Invisalign®, conditions from basic to difficult can be addressed. And during the initial consultation, patients can ask all of the relevant questions: about the procedure; about total costs; and even about insurance coverage. Overall, Invisalign® requires a commitment to both the treatment plan and the investment.
Dr. Pedvis begins the treatment protocol with a set of detailed x-rays of the patient’s teeth. This will be the basis for a three dimensional image of the teeth. At this time, the movement of teeth is also assessed, and the extent of treatment can be better evaluated. Best of all, the Invisalign® system allows patients to view a virtual demonstration of how the teeth will be altered.
While every patient is a unique case, Invisalign® treatments generally take about one year. It all starts with personalized “clear aligners” which are custom fit for each patient. These are made of “BPA-FREE” plastic – they are comfortable and don’t irritate the teeth or mouth. Patients wear these aligners throughout the course of the day, and remove them when eating or brushing.
The principal behind Invisalign® technology is that the teeth shift gradually. The teeth actually move into proper alignment while the aligners are being worn. The beauty, of course, is that the fixture is virtually invisible, and unlike conventional braces, everything is inconspicuous. Every 2 weeks a new set of aligners is provided, and every 6 weeks progress is monitored at the clinic.
For best outcomes, Dr. Pedvis recommends wearing the aligners for about 20 hours a day (from day one to the end of the treatment). Most patients will notice changes at practically every stage of the treatment. Overall, it makes for a patient experience that is both positive and empowering. By the end of the treatment period, physical changes are conspicuous and dramatic.
For the team at the Mackenzie Dental Centre, ongoing oral health maintenance is vital to overall health. This is particularly relevant during and after Invisalign® treatment. Like the entire body, teeth need proper care, complemented by routine examinations. This will ensure a quality level of oral health, and prevent the potential for conditions to develop and eventually deteriorate.
In addition to Invisalign®, Mackenzie Dental Centre offers a wide range of professional services, along with a clinic environment that is comfortable, and caring.