Align Your Teeth With Invisalign Braces in Metrotown, Burnaby

New Age Orthodontics are here with Invisalign

Appearances can be everything in today’s world. From job interviews to networking to the dating scene, first impressions matter. Beyond first impressions, sometimes how we feel about ourselves affects our self confidence and how comfortable we feel about smiling, meeting others and so on. Many people who do not like their smile often will refrain from smiling and unfortunately that may give others a wrong impression.

If that is the case, whether you’ve got an awkward tooth jutting out, some crooked teeth or unsightly gaps, it is time to take action.

Unfortunately in the past the only solution was traditional braces with wires and brackets. Although it is fairly common to see adults with braces, not everyone is willing and comfortable with the thought of having traditional braces. Ceramic brackets became available over twenty years ago and although they are much less visible, they still are somewhat visible and carry some of the drawbacks of traditional braces such as requiring more time maintaining oral hygiene.

Fortunately for you, technology has come through. Enter Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are invisible teeth aligners designed to be an patient-friendly alternative to traditional metal braces. They are custom-made, specifically for your teeth. The Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear, smooth plastic.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign provides a wide range of advantages over traditional braces. While the end results may appear the same — a confident, beautiful smile — when you stop and actually compare Invisalign® to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.

  • Effectively treats cases including crowding, spacing, crossbite and underbite.
  • Straightens your teeth faster over a period of adjustment time.
  • Child and Adult treatment often covered by your insurance.
  • Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening.
  • Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodental health.
  • Frees up your busy schedule, with less visits to the dental clinic.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Like most long-term orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can be a long process as teeth are best moved gradually and slowly. Much like traditional braces the total time depends largely on how much tooth movement is required. Models, photographs and x-rays are done to determine a diagnosis of your bite issues and how best to correct your tooth alignment. This initial process is very similar to any other orthodontic work.

With Invisalign, the models are then scanned into a computer and a computer image is created. The tooth movements needed to align the teeth are programmed into the computer. Using 3D printing a computer generated model/aligner is made from the various tooth movements required.

The aligners put pressure on the teeth much like an orthodontic wire, and as you wear them the teeth gradually move into place. Most teeth will have moved into place within two weeks, at which point you begin to wear the next set of aligners which has the next phase of tooth movements “programmed” into them.

The number of aligners and hence the treatment time will depend on the type and amount of tooth movement required.Your dentist will determine how many trays you will need and over what time period you’ll be wearing and switching to the next set. For the best results, you’ll need to wear your trays for 22 of 24 hours in a day, taking them out for meals and brushing your teeth.

Invisalign can be used to tip, turn or rotate teeth, but it cannot move teeth bodily very well, so it does have some limitations. In some cases, little clear plastic buttons may have to be glued to some teeth to help with the alignment process. In others,a new set of models needs to be taken part way through treatment in order to create the next set of tooth movements/aligners.

Invisalign: How To Get Started

Here at the Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, your first step is an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Norman Wong, who looks after the orthodontic needs of many of our patients including Invisalign. He will be able to determine if Invisalign is a possibility for you depending on your current bite and the tooth movements necessary to correct you tooth alignment.

Your second visit with Dr. Wong will be to take your records – photographs, x-rays and tooth molds. The molds of your teeth are sent to Invisalign to create the Invisalign trays you wear. Usually, within 2-3 weeks, your first set of trays are completed. An appointment is made to give you the trays where you will be informed on how to wear them and care for them.

During your treatment, you will come in for an appointment approximately every 6-8 weeks. Periodically another set of molds may need to be taken and/or plastic buttons glued to certain teeth to complete the tooth movements.

Once treatment is complete, a final set of aligners is made to stabilize the teeth in their new positions.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

While like any dental procedure, cost is dependent on the situation with your teeth. Depending on what needs to be aligned, how many attachments, aligners, time and other factors, the cost of Invisalign aligners can range between $7,000 to $9,000+.

Get Invisalign Now

It’s never too late to straighten and align your teeth for that better smile. Book your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Wong today by filling the form above.