What is Invisalign®?
If you are tired of your crooked teeth, choose Invisalign®. Invisalign® is a cosmetic dental treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that straighten and correct your teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces. This treatment not only improves the appearance of teeth but can help combat tooth decay and infection. Crooked teeth can make it hard to clean the areas between teeth, which are breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque buildup. Because the clear Invisalign® braces are removable, teeth are easy to clean. Straightening teeth can improve your oral health and balance your bite as an added bonus.
Philadelphia area dentist Dr. Drew Shulman is highly trained in fitting patients with Invisalign®. He will work with you to create custom-fit and removable clear braces that will gradually align your teeth. Invisalign® is also a safe option for both children and adults.
Invisalign® v.s. Traditional Braces
Compared to cumbersome traditional metal braces, Invisalign® provides patients with multiple valuable benefits. Invisalign® offers patients:
- Shorter treatment times
- No dietary restrictions
- More comfortable treatment
- Unnoticeable clear braces
- No risks of tooth enamel staining
- Easy to remove braces
- Smooth materials
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® clear braces are created from material that does not snag on gums or soft tissue. This treatment also avoids tooth staining that can occur with adhesives in metal braces. The whole surface area of teeth can be cleaned effectively when the clear braces are removed. Patients with traditional metal braces also have a restricted diet and cannot eat popcorn, super chewy food or hard nuts. However, Invisalign® braces should be removed to drink beverages that are not water because they may stain the aligners. Avoid drinking hot drinks with the aligners on as they can warp them.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Visit Dr. Shulman’s office to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®. If so, we will provide you with a series of custom-fit appliances, each to be worn sequentially to gently straighten your smile. You may remove the aligners for meals, brushing teeth, and special events.
Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little until they have fully straightened. You will visit Dr. Shulman about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. The average Invisalign® treatment time is 9-15 months and between 18 and 30 aligners will be worn during treatment.
Once treatment is complete, Dr. Shulman will provide you with a retainer to keep your smile balanced.
Caring for Invisalign Braces
- When you remove your aligners, rinse them in cool water.
- Soak your aligners occasionally in a mild denture cleaner.
- Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your braces.
- Brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush and antibacterial soap.
How do I get started with Invisalign® from Dr. Shulman?
Getting started with treatment in the Philadelphia area couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can be on your way to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile within weeks of visiting Drew A. Shulman, DMD, MAGD.
Step 1: Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Shulman
During this first step you will need to make an appointment with Invisalign® Certified Dentist, Dr. Shulman.
During the initial visit, Dr. Shulman will help you decide on your course of treatment. He will take bite impressions of your teeth and send them, along with a set of precise instructions, to Invisalign®. Would you like to fix your crooked teeth or a misaligned bite? Do you want a more balanced and healthier smile? See if you’re a candidate for Invisalign® clear aligners. Call Dr. Shulman’s Philadelphia dental office at (215) 372-1142 to schedule an appointment.
Step 2: Invisalign® Makes Your Aligners
Invisalign® uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform your bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. There may be as many as 48 in the series or as few as 12, depending on your individual treatment plan.
Step 3: You Receive Your Aligners in a Few Weeks
During your next visit to Drew A. Shulman, DMD, MAGD, you will receive your first set aligners. Dr. Shulman will most likely give you a few additional sets for you to wear before you return for your next visit.
Step 4: You Wear Your Aligners
You’ll wear each set of aligners day and night for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months, but will vary from case to case. You’ll visit Drew A. Shulman, DMD, MAGD only about every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Step 5: You’ve Finished The Treatment
Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.