Porth Aligners & Invisalign
Moving your teeth with plastic
Clear Aligners & Invisalign
Moving your teeth with plastic
Clear Aligners Treatment
simplified guide on clear aligner therapy including Invisalign
What does PORTH offer?
Dr. Rooz Khosravi provides orthodontic treatment with the PORTH Clear Aligners and the Invisalign appliance.
PORTH clear aligners are designed and fabricated utilizing cutting edge technology driven by artificial intelligence at our clinic. PORTH clear aligners are the next generation alternative clear aligners to the traditional Invisalign appliance.
Dr. Rooz is a clear aligner therapy expert and has deep understanding of how to move teeth using plastic. He lectures nationally and internationally on in-clinic aligners and 3D printing.
He developed a digital workflow at PORTH to offer a better service to his patients with higher precision and customization.
What is Clear Aligner Therapy?
Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) is a method that orthodontists or dentists use to move your teeth with a series of computer designed plastic aligners and to position them into correct alignment.
Aligners are clear plastic trays that fit closely over the teeth, apply pressure on the teeth and slowly but steadily move them.
The practice of moving teeth with plastic has existed for over 50 years. In 1971, Dr. Robert Ponitz demonstrated for the first time that teeth can be moved by an invisible retainer.
Then, Zia Chishti used this concept and invented the clear Invisalign system – a computer-assisted approach that slowly moves teeth with a series of aligner trays. Each invisalign tray is specifically designed to move teeth closer to the desired final position and give you that perfectly aligned smile.
Why would you choose Clear Aligner Therapy?
Major reasons to pick clear aligners over traditional braces:
- You are mainly driven by esthetics and are not interested in clear traditional braces
- You like to remove the appliance while eating
- You prefer an easier approach to clean your teeth
- You are interested to temporarily removing appliances for special events. For example a presentation at school, a job interview, an important meeting or a date.
The major challenge with clear aligners, including Invisalign, is wearing the aligner for 18-22 hours a day to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. This rule applies to any removable appliance that aims to move teeth.
Primary reasons for unsuccessful clear aligner therapy are losing the clear aligners or forgetting to wear them frequently. Your teeth move back to their initial position when you are not wearing your aligner because the force created by the aligner is eliminated.
How are aligners also known as Invisalign fabricated?
Clear aligners are designed and built based on a digital simulation of teeth in their ideal positions. In order to fabricate the clear aligners, a digital scan, or an impression, of your teeth imported into software that allows an orthodontist or dentist to digitally move your teeth to their ideal positions. The software then generates several dental models in which your teeth have been gradually moved to their ideal position. A commercial or an in-house lab will 3D print these models and manufactures the clear aligners aka trays by a thermo vacuum forming process.
Do clear aligners really work?
Not a single day goes by that we get this question: do aligners really work? Clear aligners similar to other orthodontic appliances are tools that help an orthodontist to move teeth. The approach to move teeth with aligners is different from metal braces. The skills of the orthodontist and patient compliance in full time wear of these aligners are the essential factors in success of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners or Invisalign.
What are the different types of clear aligners?
Several types of clear aligners are available in the market. The clear Invisalign appliance has been around the longest. It is a well-developed appliance used by orthodontists and dentists to correct mild to severe malocclusions. The most essential factors in a successful treatment with Invisalign are compliance of the patient as well as the knowledge of the provider on how to use the appliance.
The existing alternative clear aligner systems are Clear Correct and MTM® Clear Aligner, and this list is growing. Some of these appliances are proper choices for a moderate to mild malocclusion.
Who can provide Clear Aligner Therapy?
Orthodontists and general dentists both provide clear aligner therapy.
Orthodontists have received an extra two to three years of comprehensive training following dental school, so that they are specialized in moving teeth.
Consulting with an orthodontist allows you to identify potential problems with your bite, which requires proper and deep understanding of orthodontic science.
Moving one crooked tooth might look simple, however it could create fundamental problem in your bite, which requires lots of time and money to fix – read more here. Aligning crooked teeth are often more complicated than it may appear.
How much is clear aligner (invisalign) a month?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is mostly independent of the appliances. Extra cost is often because of unconventional appliances like mini-screws.
Cost of treatment with aligners ranges from $1800 to $8000. Factors that determine this cost are the type of the provider (orthodontist vs dentist), direct supervision as opposed to mail order aligners, and complexity of the treatment.
Cost of clear aligner therapy at our clinic is often similar to treatment with conventional metal braces. You can read more about cost of clear aligners in our page on how much braces cost.
Before and After Clear Aligner Treatment
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