Invisalign

If the thought of wearing conventional metal braces has kept you from improving your smile, Invisalign invisible braces may be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, wires, brackets or pain. Only straight teeth with an approach that won’t disrupt your lifestyle.

What is Invisalign?

hand holding invisalignInvisalign is the ‘invisible’ alternative to metal braces which has provided successful treatment to almost 3 million patients worldwide. A series of clear, removable plastic aligners are used to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. You wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks during which time they incrementally move your teeth. Then they’re replaced with the next set of aligners. You repeat the process until the desired result is achieved. It’s truly that simple and that revolutionary.

Dr Willoughby can determine if Invisalign is right for you. If it is, he’ll take a series of impressions used to create your Invisalign aligners. He’ll use 3-D computer imaging technology to design your new smile and plan out the entire  treatment. You can also preview your final result with Dr. Willoughby using a 3-D simulation called ClinChek.

The aligner trays are removable so you can eat, drink, brush and floss normally without the hassle of traditional brackets and wires. Then put them back in, see us every 3-4 weeks and get ready to start smiling.

Invisalign can be used to treat and correct many types of bite and alignment problems such as crowded teeth, spaced teeth, underbite, overbite, crossbite and openbite usually in less time than conventional braces.

The benefits of Invisalign

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and the unique advantage of choosing Dr. Willoughby for your Invisalign treatment, then please contact us to schedule a free consultation. Discover what Invisalign can do for you from one of Invisalign’s Premier Providers and discover how Dr. Willoughby can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

NMD trained Invisalign provider

Dr. Andrew Willoughby has been a Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign. His focus is on treating patients who have developed TMJ Dysfunction due to a bad bite.  If your jaws click and pop while you chew, or while opening and closing and you suffer from headaches or a ringing in your ears Dr Willoughby would recommend that you have your TM Joints evaluated before beginning Invisalign because the tooth movement might exacerbate your symptoms and cause you acute muscle spasm and pain.

For patients who are suffering from TMJ Dysfunction due to a bad bite, Invisalign treatment can sometimes make your TMJD symptoms worse by introducing new tooth positions or interference which your muscles view as noxious stimuli and ultimately cause spasm and pain. When this happens during Invisalign treatment Dr. Willoughby has the experience and training to provide you with a solution which involves TENSing the patient and placing their bite into a more relaxed trajectory using acrylic to build up the posterior teeth.  This innovative new clinical protocol is utlizied by Dr. Willoughby when he is treating TMJD patients with Invisalign.

Dr Willoughby has actually published a two-part series on his Clinical Findings with respects to this new clinical protocol in the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics.

Case Study

Below is an example of just such a case, where acrylic has been built up on an Invisalign tray for a patient suffering from and acute TMD episode involving headaches and muscle pain:

Dr. Willoughby is also a certified iTero provider which means that impressions for your Invisalign trays can be taken using an in office digital optical scanner rather than the standard 5 minute impression material.  iTero impressions are quicker, more accurate and can be uploaded via the internet without delay which means you will be able to get started with your aligner trays sooner rather than later.

Dr. Willoughby is also a registered provider of Invisalign Teen services.  For further information on Invisalign, visit www.invisalign.com