Phoenix dentist explains the process for Invisalign treatment

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a progressive series of clear, BPA free, thermoplastic aligners to move teeth into better alignment gently. This system can correct most cases of crowding, rotation, wide spacing, overbite, crossbite, and underbite. This system is a terrific alternative to traditional metal braces for image conscious teens and adults. The clear aligners are not visible unless someone is very close to you, providing a discreet method of orthodontic treatment. Additionally, the aligners are removable, which is extremely convenient for eating, as well as brushing and flossing. The treatment process is high tech, but straightforward.

A base impression, photos, x-rays, and a detailed treatment plan are sent to the Invisalign laboratory. A digital 3D model is created, and then, based on the detailed treatment plan sent by the doctor, a virtual correction is generated. The doctor reviews the virtual plan and makes any necessary corrections. The treatment is divided into stages, with an average tooth movement of .25mm in each stage. The individual aligners are made from the virtual models of the stages.

The patient is given a series of numbered aligners. Each set is to be worn for two weeks, and then exchanged for the next set in the series as tooth movement progresses. The aligners are worn continuously, they are only removed to eat, brush, and floss. The patients visit Dr. Koppikar approximately every six weeks so he can ensure that the treatment is proceeding on schedule.

Although Invisalign wasn’t available to the public until 2000, the science behind it has been advancing since 1945, when the concept of tooth movement in individual, planned stages was first studied. Today, this state of the art treatment involves the use of laser scanning, sophisticated software, and computer controlled fabrication for precision appliances uniquely customized for each patient.

Dr. Sameet Koppikar has a deep understanding of the oral structure that can only be acquired through years of experience. He also has the expertise with advanced dental technology gained from hours of continuing education. This skill is crucial to achieve the best results with Invisalign. Providers must have the capability of visualizing an outcome that is harmonious with all other soft and hard tissue. They also must understand the biomechanics, periodontal considerations, anchorage, and accurate direction of tooth movement.

Call (602) 954-8200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Koppikar today.

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