Invisalign Expert in Ann Arbor
Dr. Yina Li at Embrace Orthodontics is your trusted orthodontic specialist when it comes to deciding on your Invisalign treatment. Dr. Li is a ABO Board Certified Orthodontist and has extensive experience in treating different types of malocclusions, including some very complicated orthodontic cases, with Invisalign aligners. Being an Invisalign patient herself, Dr. Li helps her patients understand the whole Invisalign treatment process not only from an orthodontist professional standpoint but more importantly from a past patient experience perspective. It has helped her patients establish trust and confidence in their own treatment very early on. Teens and adults, who want the same results that traditional braces provide but with more freedom and flexibility, Invisalign could be the perfect alternative answer!
What are the benefits of choosing our Ann Arbor Invisalign treatment?
Besides being nearly invisible, one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they can be removed. Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. This means you'll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. This makes it's much easier to maintain a good oral hygiene routine because you can access your teeth more easily because you can remove them for brushing and flossing. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important while you are having any kind of orthodontic treatment.
With Invisalign, you can eat all of your favorite foods while working on your straighter smile. Aligners do need to be removed before you eat to avoid staining, and they should be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day. Since you can remove your aligners, you don't have to worry about any food restrictions. This is pretty significant because food restrictions are often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces.
In addition, with Invisalign aligners, there are no pesky wires to poke out and irritate your mouth, and there aren't any adjustment appointments, either. Invisalign aligner wearers are still expected to attend follow-up visits (less frequent though than braces patients) so that Dr. Yina Li can be sure that you are making good progress.
What is involved in our Invisalign treatment?
Our Invisalign aligner system aligns your teeth and improves your oral health by using a series of clear removable aligners. When used as directed, Invisalign has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic problems.
Your orthodontic treatment at Embrace Orthodontics will start off with an initial consultation, when we'll take photos and X-rays to help Dr. Li evaluate for your orthodontic needs. If you are a great candidate for Invisalign, we will then take a digital 3D imaging of your teeth using our iTero digital scanner. The Scan will be used by Dr. Li to make your first set of custom-fitted aligners. It usually takes about 3-4 weeks between the time when you are digitally scanned and when the first set of aligners are ready to be delivered. When the aligners are ready, you will come back to our office to get some tooth colored attachments bonded to your teeth. The attachments are needed for certain teeth to help achieve their challenging movement in a more predicable way. (Below is a photo showing examples of attachments)
The aligner trays need to be worn consistently for about 22 hours a day. You'll wear each aligner for about 1-2 weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As the aligners are replaced with the next one in the series, your teeth will move gradually, until they reach their new and improved positions.
Throughout your treatment, you will see Dr. Yina Li periodically (usually less frequently than braces patients) so she can check and make sure treatment is progressing as planned. You must change the aligners on time per doctor's instruction and wear them as directed. This is the most important part of to achieve your beautiful smile with our Ann Arbor Invisalign system. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that we have made.
Every patient respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Since Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten your teeth, it's hard to say for sure how long each patient will have to wear their aligners before they see significant results. The average is somewhere between 9 and 18 months, and this can vary widely from case to case. Keep in mind that treatment time depends in large part on patient compliance. The average treatment time is estimated based on patients following the recommended guidelines. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day during the entire treatment. Straying from this schedule even a little bit can add extra time to your overall treatment. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program.
Dr. Yina Li will tailor treatment based on your specific goals and needs to help you quickly get the wonderful smile you deserve. You’ll start to notice a change in just a few months!
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