Our doctors and staff here at Signature Dentistry of Colorado understand that crooked teeth can be a damper on your self-confidence and willingness to show off your smile around other people. For many patients, this can be corrected through orthodontic treatment during childhood and adolescence, but for adults this can be more difficult. Often times, traditional orthodontic treatment can take years to complete, may involve discomfort and can have a juvenile association that may not appeal to most teens and adults. For those looking for a more subtle method for straightening their teeth, we offer Invisalign.
Invisalign is a well-known and widely used method for straightening teeth without the appearance and feeling of wearing braces. It works by using transparent, custom aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the ideal position. We begin treatment by taking X-rays and bite impressions of your teeth and rendering these to create 3D computer model. We will then move the computerized teeth into their ideal position using a program called Treat. This will then divide the movements into several gradual stages between the current and final position. Aligners will then be made for each stage. The number of aligners required can range from 6 to around 50. Invisalign is particularly effective for patients with crowding or crookedness in their front teeth. It is less effective for teeth that are rotated, too far forward, too far back or severely crooked.
If you are interested in Invisalign, we will first need to conduct a preliminary examination to see if you would be a good candidate for this method or if traditional wire braces would be a better fit.