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Are you tired of looking at your crooked smile, but reluctant to commit to orthodontic treatment? It's an understandable hesitation—most adult patients don't find traditional braces particularly attractive nor comfortable. Luckily, Drs. Saeid Jafarpour, Kevin Kwong, and Azza Elhaddad in Ajax, ON, have an alternative orthodontic treatment that is both aesthetically pleasing and free from discomfort: Invisalign clear aligners!
What is Invisalign?
This is an invisible dental appliance that straightens your teeth to help you obtain the smile you've always dreamt of! Invisalign invisible aligners come in custom-made sets that are made using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology. Each pair of aligners within the set is worn for two weeks at a time before being replaced by the next pair. Through this sequence, teeth are gradually shifted into their proper position little by little over time.
What is Invisalign made of?
They are made of BPA-free medical grade thermoplastic material that look similar to teeth-whitening trays.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
More than 3 million patients in over 45 countries have used Invisalign, and have enjoyed the following benefits:
- Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and fit seamlessly due to their custom creation.
- Aligners are removable, which means that you can still eat and drink whatever you want.
- Removable aligners also make cleaning your teeth easier.
- No metal brackets and wires to irritate your mouth.
Do I need to maintain a special diet?
You don't need to maintain a specific diet but it's preferable to stay away from sugary foods and incorporate healthy food, like fruits and vegetables.
How much does Invisalign cost?
While each price is unique to the individual treatment, as a general rule, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to traditional braces.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
To get started with Invisalign, you'll need to make an appointment for an initial consultation with your dentist. That's where Drs. Saeid Jafarpour, Kevin Kwong, and Azza Elhaddad, your Ajax, ON, doctors come in! Give them a call at (905) 426-8304 for more information!
Do you want to improve your smile? Do you feel like you're too old to be wearing braces? Well, Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad understand how you feel, which is why they offer Invisalign at their Ajax, ON, office.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Ajax dentists create your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.
The clear plastic aligners are flexible and are great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 hours a day. You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but that's unnecessary if they're transparent.
Benefits of Invisalign:
- Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
- Discreet Look: Traditional metal braces are embarrassing, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.
- No Dietary Deprivations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.
- Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Ajax, ON, dentists, then call their office today!
Invisalign is a great treatment method to straighten the teeth and to achieve your dream smile. The process uses the latest 3D computer imaging technology to help you achieve these results. Getting Invisalign in Ajax, ON, is simple with the help of Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre. They can examine your teeth and offer you a personalized treatment plan that works for your needs.
The Invisalign Process
Custom-made aligners are made for your teeth to start this process. Each of the aligners is worn for a period of time, typically two weeks. The teeth are given the adequate time needed to move little by little to reach their desired final position. Movement is made through controlled force that doesn’t hurt you. These aligners are invisible meaning that you are improving your teeth in an undetectable way. Dr. Jafarpour, Dr. Kwong and Dr. Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax, ON, offer Invisalign to patients of all ages.
Aligners can be removed when one eats and drinks and also during brushing and flossing for added comfort. There are no wires or brackets like braces, which leads to less irritation in your mouth. There is no need for adjustments, so there are fewer visits to the dentist office too. Throughout the process, you will be able to see results, unlike braces where you must wait until the end (sometimes years) to see your finished product.
Invisalign has been proven to be successful for patients of all age. In Ajax, ON, Invisalign can be easily achieved with the help of Dr. Jafarpour, Dr. Kwong and Dr. Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre. To schedule an informative consultation and comprehensive dental exam with one of them today, call their Ajax, Ontario, office at 905-426-8304.
It used to be that the only option for straightening a teenager's teeth involved lots of shiny hardware. Besides the esthetic downside, traditional orthodontic devices (braces) can interfere with the enjoyment of certain favorite foods, irritate the inside of the mouth, trap food particles (potentially another esthetic embarrassment and sustenance for cavity-causing bacteria), and complicate dental hygiene routines.
These aren't causes for concern with clear orthodontic aligners, however, which consist of a series of transparent plastic, removable trays that fit over the teeth and gradually move them into better positioning. About every two weeks, the teen proceeds to the next aligner in the progression (or set of aligners if treatment involves both the upper and lower teeth) until the improved alignment goal is reached. The trays are meant to be worn 22 hours a day, but they can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, and, on a limited basis, special occasions.
Thanks to relatively recent developments in the design of clear aligner systems, teens who previously were not considered good candidates for this modality may now have this option available to them. This includes:
- Teens whose second molars (the last to come in except for wisdom teeth) haven't fully emerged. Aligners now come with “eruption tabs” that serve as place-holders for teeth that are still growing into position.
- Teens with severely rotated teeth requiring complicated movement. Tooth-colored attachments called “buttons” can be temporarily bonded onto teeth to provide additional leverage, and elastics (rubber bands) can also be used to promote movement.
Compliance is always a concern with any orthodontic treatment — whether it be gum chewing with traditional braces or wearing clear aligners for the requisite period of time each day. Aligners now come with built-in colored “compliance indicators” that fade with use over time. This makes it possible for orthodontists, dentists, parents and teens alike to monitor both compliance and treatment progress.
If you would like more information about clear orthodontic aligners please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”
Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.
“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”
That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.
In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”
Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.
Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”
If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”