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ORTHODONTICS - INVISALIGN

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners

Invisalign.

With breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted - without the hassle of braces.

The clear alternative to metal braces.

By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.


Less treatment time.

An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. You'll see your Invisalign Accredited Orthodontist or Dentist every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you'll receive a new set of custom-molded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you, determined by your doctor for your course of treatment.


Clear. And comfortable.

Since Invisalign is practically invisible, there's no unwarranted attention to your mouth. In fact, very few people will notice at all - unless you tell them. They're comfortable to wear and remove easily when you eat, brush, and floss.

All across the country, people like you now have great smiles and straighter teeth, thanks to Invisalign. Why not join them? To find an Invisalign Accredited Orthodontist or Dentist in your area, just click here. That gorgeous smile you want is just a click away.

How Invisalign can improve the health of your mouth

Teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can create unhealthy conditions, including swollen gums, redness and pocketing, all of which are signs of periodontal disease. As Invisalign invisibly straightens your teeth, it can also do great things for the health of your mouth.

Healthier Gums

Clinical studies have shown that gum health may improve with the use of Invisalign during orthodontic treatment¹. Properly aligned teeth can help gums "fit" tighter around each tooth², which may lead to better periodontal health. Unlike braces, with Invisalign, you can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Easier Cleanings

Unlike traditional orthodontics or braces, Invisalign has no metal bands or wires to trap food and plaque. Maintaining a good oral hygiene program will also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Improved Chewing and Speech

For some people, incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws can exacerbate speech difficulties and chewing problems. Correcting your bite by straightening your teeth can help improve both.

Lower Risk of Trauma and Abnormal Wear

Properly aligned teeth can be less stressful on supporting bone and jaw joints.

Is Invisalign For Me?

Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens.

Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It's successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, an Invisalign Accredited Orthodontist or Dentist can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan. Click here to see "before and after" photographs of the great results people like you have received with Invisalign.
Made to fit your lifestyle, not change it.

Because Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to position and straighten teeth, you can keep your active lifestyle during treatment. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners have no metal bands or wires to irritate your mouth. So go ahead and be as active as you like. Since Invisalign is removable, just take the clear aligners out for special events or if you're going to indulge in a sticky, gooey snack.

Look your best during and after treatment.

Of course you want to look great, at work, at school, with friends. Maybe you speak to groups or conduct meetings. You still can. Because Invisalign is clear and nearly invisible, most people will never know you're straightening your teeth - unless you tell them. And when your course of treatment has ended, you can feel more confident, whether in front of people or not. You're going to have a stunning smile.

An Invisalign Accredited Practitioner is nearby.

The best way to learn what Invisalign can do for you is to visit an Invisalign Accredited Orthodontist or Dentist. He or she can evaluate your specific needs and determine the best treatment plan for you. Many offer free consultations, so check for that. Click here to find one near you and make an appointment today.

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Gummy Smile....

A "gummy smile," or excess gingival display, is a condition where too much pink tissue can be seen when a person speaks or smiles. Approximately 7% of men and 14% of women have excess gingival display in full smile. A gummy smile is usually associated with an enlarged upper jaw, a short upper lip, short upper front teeth, or a forward position of the front teeth. This condition may also result from disproportionate lip length or tooth height.

A gummy smile can be corrected by orthodontic treatment, periodontal surgery, jaw surgery, or a combination of these procedures. In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances ranges from 1 to 3 years. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient, and the severity of the problem. Custom-made appliances are designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. They may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth), and made of metal, ceramic or plastic. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position.

The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient's problem and the treatment approach selected. You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options prior to beginning treatment. Most orthodontists offer convenient payment plans to patients. Generally, treatment fees may be paid over the course of active treatment. Arrangements commonly offered in orthodontic offices may include an initial down payment with monthly installments, credit card payment, finance company agreements, and other innovative ways to make treatment affordable.

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Gummy Smile - Periodontal Gingiva Reshaping

The adjacent preoperative treatment photo represents the extent to which our patient's gum tissues had grown over the course of his treatment.

Crown Lengthening and tissue recontouring procedures were performed on a tooth by tooth basis.

IV sedation was used to assure absolute comfort during treatment, along with Valium and Versed. The medications were very successful in creating an almost ideal treatment environment for the sensitive patient.

The adjacent picture shows the natural appearance of normally sized tooth structure relationships on both the upper and lower arches.

The crown lengthening, gingival reshaping and recontouring treatments were performed shortly before orthodontic treatment ended to assure a great looking cosmetic result after the braces are removed.

Performing this procedure too early, for some patients, can result in the overgrowth condition to occur again.


Gum Contouring with Dental Lasers to fix Gummy Smiles

Some people possess teeth that simply look too “short” for their gums, creating what is commonly called a “gummy” smile. Gum contouring can fix that problem by removing extra gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth.

Using a diode laser, your dentist can accurately sculpt your gum line, crafting the right fraction between gum tissue and tooth surface. First, your dentist applies a local anaesthetic to the gums and removes the extra gum tissue. Then, your dentist will use the laser to reshape the edges of your gums that form a smile. The laser vaporizes and closes the excess gum tissue, avoiding cutting and bleeding.

Gum contouring generates a more balanced smile with an even gum line. When your gums are well-contoured, they look healthy, giving you a more attractive smile.
Gum contouring with the diode laser usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes if only a small quantity of tissue needs to be removed. For larger quantities, then gum surgery called crown lengthening is required and is accomplished in one to two hours. This surgery involves a four to six week healing period.
Once your dentist reshapes your gum line, you can also receive porcelain veneers to further improve your appearance.
If your dentist trims too much gum tissue, the mouth may fail to heal properly, leading to swelling and more treatment.
Gum contouring ranges in cost depending on the complexity of the case.
Gummy Smiles - Visit with your cosmetic dentist today
Most people with gummy smiles feel embarrassed in social situations as they stress over who’s focusing on their large gum line.
Cosmetic dentists have made things easier. You can achieve your desired smile in a couple simple visits. Treating a gummy smile does not mean extensive surgery and lots of pain. In fact, it’s one of the easiest dental flaws to treat.

When you’re ready to make-over your smile, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to discuss your dream smile and your concerns.
Most cosmetic dentists state that when you smile, your upper lip should fall where your gum and two front teeth join.
To get a healthy, attractive smile, techniques such as lip repositioning and crown lengthening are used.


Cosmetic Dental Techniques to Treat a Gummy Smile

Repositioning your lips

As one of the techniques used to treat a gummy smile, lip repositioning is most often used with crown lengthening but can also be used on its own.
To treat, your cosmetic dentist takes out some of the tissue on the inside of your upper lip. After removal, your cosmetic dentist stitches the lip to your gums. Stitching prohibits the muscles that lift your lip from revealing an excessively large gum line.
Lip repositioning is usually performed under local anaesthesia and takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Pros and Cons of Lip Repositioning

Pros
- Fast
- Easy
- Visible results

Cons
- Usually has to be done with crown lengthening
- Your cosmetic dentist can only remove a small amount of your lip

Crown Lengthening

As one of the procedure in treating a gummy smile, crown lengthening consists of gum tissue removal. While you’re under anesthesia, your cosmetic dentist eliminates some of the gum tissue. This removal lengthens your teeth.
Usually done in just one visit, crown lengthening only requires about two hours to complete.
With advanced technologies and higher training, treating gummy smiles has never been easier. Consult your cosmetic dentist and discuss your treatment options.

Pros and Cons of Crown Lengthening

Pros
- Quick
- Easy
- Inexpensive

Cons
- If the procedure shows the root of your tooth, you may have to get veneers.


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