Updated: Nov 3
Metal braces were once the only choice patients had to straighten their teeth, fix their bites and brighten their smiles. In the early1980’s clear braces were invented and at around that time braces behind the teeth were developed as well. These were the only choices a patient had until the turn of the 21st century, the year 2000. As an orthodontist,Dr. Feinberg attended the first series of seminars on Invisalign and over the course of time has become a highly skilled expert in Invisalign therapy. In the early days, just like in metal braces Invisalign therapy was limited in its applications and quite frankly was an inferior product. Now that the product has reached its current level of excellence we have confidently offered it as an option for our patients.
Who is qualified as a tooth movement specialist? Invisalign like braces is a device that involves tooth movement. As a highly trained specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Mark Feinberg is uniquely qualified to treat those patients that would benefit from orthodontic therapy. As discussed in a previous blog post, an orthodontist has additional training beyond the general dentist as a tooth movement specialist.
How does SureSmile enhance Invisalign therapy? Feinberg Orthodontics has the added capabilities of improving patient treatment outcomes through the use of SureSmile diagnostic technology. This technology directly benefits both our fixed appliance and Invisalign patients, by providing the best tooth movement plans that will not only optimize the alignment and bite of the teeth but ultimately the patients facial balance and smile as well.
Who are the best candidates for Invisalign? The simple answer is that “almost everyone” may benefit from removable clear aligners like Invisalign. The see-through, almost invisible aligners for straightening teeth are specifically molded to fit each individual’s mouth. Unlike conventional braces, they can be removed when eating and when cleaning the teeth. They also are perfect for moving the teeth gently and slowly into position as the aligners are designed to move teeth over a series of planned stages.
Benefits to adults So many of our adult patients are looking for alternatives to fixed braces. At Feinberg Orthodontics we are skilled in all manner of braces as we have the advantage of SureSmile technology. We do offer all types of braces including regular metal(Damon braces on request)clear braces, braces behind the teeth(known as lingual braces) and clear removable aligner therapy like Invisalign. As an adult, Invisalign may provide you with the best of both worlds, a clear alternative. No embarrassment of getting food stuck in your braces and there are no restrictions on your diet. When a special occasion arises where you’d rather not have any braces at all, you can remove the aligners for a short period of time without causing any problems.
As you can see, Invisalign is clearly a a great option to straighten crooked teeth!