Since the beginning of Orthodontics, brackets and wires were the norm. That was until 1998 when Invisalign was invented by 4 Stanford graduate students. Invisalign was created for patients who wanted Orthodontic treatment, but wanted to avoid brackets and wires. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that is designed to move teeth. To start your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Ray will first get a mold of your teeth, and send it to Invisalign to turn your Invisalign impression, into a 3D model which is called a clinic check.. Dr. Ray will review the clinic check and adjust it to make your dream smile. Then your Invisalign aligners will be fabricated off of the ideal clinic check. Once we receive your aligners from Invisalign, you will be ready for delivery of your first Invisalign tray! A few attachments will be placed on teeth that need a little extra help to move. Attachments are tooth colored and composed of clear Orthodontic glue. Each Invisalign aligner will be worn for two weeks. Dr. Ray will usually give 4 sets of aligners, so you will be coming back every 8 weeks. At your follow up appointment, Dr. Ray will make sure your aligner fits perfectly, and will give you 4 more sets of Invisalign aligners. This routine is continued until all aligners have been worn and until you get your dream Ray Ortho smile.
Over the years Invisalign treatment has improved greatly. In its early years, Invisalign treatment was meant to treat mild cases. Now, almost all Orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with Invisalign. Invisalign will correct crowded/crooked teeth, correct overbites and underbites, and close spaces. Also in its early years, Invisalign was designed for adult patients. However, in the last 10 years, Invisalign has focused more on teenagers as well. Invisalign TEEN is Invisalign treatment with special tabs, so Dr. Ray can make sure your teenager is wearing their aligners.
Two of the main advantages to Invisalign treatment are the lack of dietary restrictions, and the ability to brush and floss easier. Because Invisalign is removable, you will be able to remove it and eat whatever you like. You will also be able to remove the Invisalign aligner, and brush and floss with ease.
Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA areas. To schedule your free consultation, please call 323-597-1712.