Invisalign Clear Aligners
Veneers and Crowns
Although restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry overlap, the main difference between the two is their focus and the level of expertise of the dentist. At Total Health Dental Care our team has the training and experience to go beyond the restoration procedures to make sure your smile engenders confidence, self-esteem and overall happiness.
Examples of cosmetic dentistry include correcting alignment, teeth whitening and using veneers or crowns to cover or cap teeth.
Total Health Specializes in Invisalign®
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear medical grade plastic aligners to gently guide the teeth into the correct position. The aligners replace the metal wires and brackets used for traditional braces and are custom made to fit each patient’s teeth. Invisalign aligners move the teeth through a planned series of adjustments.
These aligners are nearly invisible. Patients want to avoid having a mouth full of metal and Invisalign offers a more aesthetically pleasing option to a straighter smile. Another benefit is that the aligners are removable for eating and daily hygiene. They must be worn for at least 22 hours each day, but patients can take them out to eat, brush and floss. Also, the aligners are customized to guide each patient's teeth to a specific position, so treatment time is often less than traditional orthodontics, typically lasting between 18-24 months.
The first step in Invisalign treatment is for the Total Health dentist to take impressions of your teeth. Those impressions and accompanying images are used to create a tailored plan to correct the positioning; when the plan is ready, the impressions and images are sent to a lab where a series of aligners is manufactured. Each aligner is created based on images developed using three-dimensional modeling software.
Between 18 and 30 aligners will be created for most patients. During treatment, each aligner is worn for about two weeks, then exchanged for the next aligner in the series. Office visits take place about every six weeks to monitor the process.