How Invisalign® Works by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.
Learn How Invisalign® Works
Invisalign is an orthodontic process that uses what are called clear aligners. They’re plastic sheaths that fit over the teeth. You get a series of them. Each one is a little different. Each one moves the teeth about a quarter of a millimeter. And you can align crooked teeth, make them straight, and give you a straight, healthy smile.
The way that the procedure itself works is we either take an impression. Or we’re actually upgrading to where we can just scan the teeth with a scanning device and email that information to the Invisalign company.
They do a computerized treatment plan which predicts where the teeth will move, how they’ll move, how many aligners it will take to do the treatment plan. And they send that back to us in what’s called a ClinCheck, which is a computer simulation of how your teeth will move.
It tells us how many aligners you’ll need. And since each aligner is worn one to two weeks, it tells us about how long it’s going to take to complete the Invisalign treatment. Once it’s completed, you just need to wear retainers at night to keep the teeth in their proper position.
Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Effective 5 P.M today (03/24), the Maryland Department of Health issued a directive stating that health care providers “shall perform only medical procedures that are critically necessary for the maintenance of health for a patient. All elective and nonurgent medical [and dental] procedures and appointments shall cease effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not be performed for the duration of the catastrophic health emergency.”
So the question you may have in response to this is “What would be considered an ‘urgent’ condition for which I SHOULD seek treatment?” To answer this question with regard to dental emergencies, the American Dental Association (ADA) has published the following guidance:
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
Bleeding that doesn’t stop
Painful swelling in or around your mouth
Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
Gum infection with pain or swelling
After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
Broken or knocked-out tooth
Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Dental care you can reschedule for another time:
Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
Regular visits for braces
Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
If you do have a true dental emergency (as described above), call your dentist or contact our office. STAY SAFE!