Miami Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign Dentist Miami, FL

We also have the skills and necessary training to be an Invisalign® Dentist, treating patients throughout the Miami area. Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth. Adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call (305) 230-4487 to schedule a consultation and to see if Invisalign® is right for you.

Teenagers and adults love Invisalign® because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile.

How does Invisalign® work?

As an Invisalign® dentist, our team straightens teeth using a series of aligners custom made for you. First, an impression or scan of your teeth is taken so that a series of aligners can be created by Invisalign laboratories. The aligners themselves are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The material is virtually invisible.

The aligners should be worn in sequence and for 22 hours a day, moving toward the next one in the series every one to two weeks. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time while targeting specific teeth. This helps your teeth to be comfortable as they are moved into position at a manageable pace. Once you are done wearing your aligners, your teeth should be perfectly straight and your bite comfortable.

Benefits of Invisalign®

  • Patients may prefer wearing Invisalign® because of how convenient it is in comparison to wearing traditional braces.
  • The aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
  • They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
  • You can brush and floss your teeth like normal; no additional tools are required.
  • There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained as compared with wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
  • The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
  • Aligners are easy to take care of, only using the same aligner for a couple of weeks.

How do I care for my aligners?

We recommend that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with room temperature water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush them with a soft toothbrush.

Attachments

Some patients need to wear attachments or resin buttons in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is made of an enamel colored composite and secured to the teeth. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.

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Checkups

Patients will need to see us regularly during their Invisalign treatment to ensure that teeth are moving like they are supposed to. Fortunately, since the aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, these appointments are less frequent than if you were wearing metal braces. With traditional braces, a metal bracket is placed on each tooth; a wire is threaded between them and then held in place using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. This requires frequent office visits. For people with busy schedules and a hectic life – this is inconvenient, and any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that braces need to be worn for. As an Invisalign® dentist, we see patients less frequently because the checkups are not to adjust anything; they make sure that the procedure is working. This is far more convenient for patients throughout the Miami area.

Treatment Time

For most patients living in the Miami FL area, the procedure takes around twelve months. The exact timeframe will depend on your situation, and only our team can tell you how long they will need to be worn. Overall, the treatment time can be less than with metal braces. This is in part because you do not have to schedule appointments to keep your teeth moving. Simply pull out a new aligner.

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Finding an Invisalign® Dentist

Not all dentists offer Invisalign®. You have to receive special training in order to provide it to patients. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our Dr. Rita The Smile Designer office by calling 305-230-4487.

How will Invisalign® impact my life?

Unlike wearing traditional braces, Invisalign® will not make a major impact on your quality of life. Since the aligners are clear, it will not impact your appearance. Additionally, since they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, they will not interfere with eating. This is a huge advantage because you can eat your favorite plate of ribs, go out for a romantic date, eat a caramel apple without worrying about something becoming stuck in your teeth or a wire being pulled out of place. This time also allows you to take the aligner out when having an important conversation or making a presentation at work. Overall, this is a convenient way to straighten your teeth and provides the maximum level of flexibility.

Some people are concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will impact their speech. Most of our Miami patients tell us that they have to get used to wearing aligners during the first couple of days. Sometimes, patients have a slight lisp which goes away once they become used to speaking while wearing them. This is standard with any orthodontic procedure. Fortunately, most people can speak normally within a couple of days.

Definition of Invisalign® Terminology
Aligner Trays
With Invisalign® treatment, the patient will receive a series of custom-made aligner trays which are designed to move teeth slowly and safely as the patient wears them in consecutive order. Each aligner will be worn for a period of one to two weeks as they work to gradually straighten the teeth.
Blue Compliance Indicator (Invisalign® Teen)
The blue compliance indicator is a small blue dot on the aligners designed to fade away as the patient wears the appliance, indicating the patient’s compliance with the treatment instructions and wear time of the aligner.
ClinCheck® Software
ClinCheck® software allows professionals to map out the straightening process and confirm the Invisalign details that are designed to align the patient’s teeth.
Gum Line
The gum line is margin of soft tissue located at the position where the teeth meet the gums. If a patient struggles with gum recession, the gum, or gingival, level is extended vertically away from the position it is expected to be, causing exposure of the tooth root.
Incisal Ridges
Incisal ridges are the portions of the upper or lower front teeth that make up the edges used to bite with. They can be a cause of overbite if extended too far vertically over the lower front teeth.
iTero Element® Scanner
An iTero Element® scanner allows professionals to create a 3D image of the patient’s teeth in minutes, predicting what it will take to move the teeth into proper alignment.
Malocclusion
Malocclusion is the condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when the bite is closed. Conditions of malocclusion can include overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite, all of which are treatable with Invisalign®.
Overbite
An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the upper teeth jut out over the lower teeth in a vertical direction, covering them and causing other issues.
Polyurethane Resin
Polyurethane Resin is a USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight compound that makes up the Invisalign® aligners.
SmartForce Attachments
SmartForce attachments are small attachments that professionals place on the patient’s teeth before placing aligners. They help move the teeth.
Smart Track® Material
Smart Track® material is in Invisalign® aligners to increase comfort, improve control of movement, and increase the speed of treatment. It applies a gentle force to the teeth over time.
Smile-Scan
Smile-Scan analyzes the way a patient smiles by measuring the position of the mouth and eyes before giving a score.
Vivera® Retainers
Vivera® retainers are custom-made Invisalign retainers. They are made of a clear plastic material and are designed to hold the teeth in place once the orthodontic corrections have been made.
Occlusion
is a general term used to describe the relationship of the upper and lower teeth as they come together when the patient bites down.
Overjet
describes an attribute of occlusion relating to the horizontal orientation of the upper teeth to the lower teeth. A large overjet is also known as “buck teeth”.
Dental Caries
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to breakdown as a result of bacterial invasion, causing an acidic induced erosion of healthy tooth structure.
Dental Decay
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to breakdown as a result of bacterial invasion, causing an acidic induced erosion of healthy tooth structure.
Etchant
is a gentle acid applied to the surface of a tooth to prepare this area to bond to a resin restorative material or tooth colored filling.

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