Long Island Invisalign Provider in Massapequa
Have you noticed that your teeth are chipping, wearing, overlapping? Are you convinced that they’ve always been this way or are they progressively getting worse? Occlusal disease is a destructive process that can result from a bite in which the teeth are not properly aligned and affects 1 in 5 adults. Forces are applied to the teeth every time they meet. When the teeth are properly aligned, teeth, muscles, which work the jaw and the jaw joint, are designed to withstand these forces. Teeth that are maligned can be both traumatic and destructive which can lead to many dental issues such as periodontal disease, mobility, extensive decay, chipping, wearing, and possibly fractures!
Invisalign® is an advanced orthodontic technique using a series of custom made clear aligners that are each designed in a custom treatment plan to move each tooth in a different way to achieve your oral health goals. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you will wear over your teeth 20 out of 22 hours a day. The best part is that there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten throughout your treatment.
During your consultation with Dr. Woltmann, we will use a series of personal digital photos and digital scans to create a virtual simulation of where you teeth presently are and the results we are looking to achieve. Using digital impressions created with our iTero® Element Digital Scanner, we are able to eliminate the use of traditional impression materials to ensure accuracy, to collaborate with with Invisalign® to create a custom virtual prescription, and to monitor your progress throughout the course of treatment. Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. Your custom virtual prescription is then sent to the team of clinicians at Invisalign® and a series of aligners are created to the specifications of your customized treatment plan.
You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by Dr. Woltmann. Unlike traditional braces, you will be visiting the office every 6-8 weeks as opposed to every month. Prior to starting treatment, Dr. Woltmann will most likely recommend that you schedule a dental checkup and cleaning before you begin treatment to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to avoid unnecessary risks.
What to expect on your first visit?
Your Before and After treatment plan will be presented again and the process will begin. Small attachments, which are small, smooth custom colored “buttons” are applied to specified teeth with a bonding agent to provide rigidity for the aligners and to provide more efficient movement while applying pressure at specific points. Dr. Woltmann will then deliver your first set of aligners and provide the instruction you need to start the process.
Four to eight aligners are delivered at a time and we will schedule to see you every six to eight weeks to check your progress and to deliver the next set of aligners. These appointments usually only last 20-30 minutes. Dr. Woltmann will utilize your “Clin-Check” (or virtual prescription) to ensure that your teeth are moving as planned. Occasionally, we may need to make small adjustments to your teeth or the Invisalign® aligners to ensure optimal results. If needed, we will utilize the iTero Digital Scanner to create new digital impressions of your teeth.
When do I wear the aligners?
A common question that all patients ask is “How long do I have to wear my retainers?”
Retention is for life, or as long as you would like to keep your teeth straight! Orthodontics is an investment which deserves to be protected. Teeth are naturally inclined to go back to their original positions if not retained where they have been moved. Many adult orthodontic cases are the result of relapse of teeth back into their original positions due to lack of retention. It is for this reason that we require all patients to be in retention forever. A series of Vivera® retainers will be made and you will receive a total of four retainers at the end of our treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign® and to get started today, please contact one of our treatment coordinators!
You should be prepared to wear your aligners for 20 out of 22 hours a day unless you’re eating or drinking something of color. Aligners are worn in intervals of 1-2 weeks as instructed by Dr. Woltmann. After eating a meal, be sure to brush and or rinse your mouth and place aligners back in to avoid losing or misplacing them. Aligners are to be worn to bed at all times.