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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
June 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Compared to the high-maintenance and sometimes painful metal braces of the past, Invisalign replaces the brackets and wires with a series of clear plastic aligners.Invisalign

Dr. Stephanie Wong, your Honolulu dentist begins your Invisalign treatment by taking a few records of your teeth to optimize each individual plan. She begins with dental x-rays determine the health of the jawbone and the strength of the tooth’s root.

Next is the bite registration, which Dr. Wong will examine to find out just how the upper and lower jaw come together. The patient bites down on a sheet after having fast-setting paste applied to their teeth.

Dental impressions are then taken by having the patient bite down into a tray of putty. This leaves an exact record of the existing placement of the teeth.

The final record needed for Invisalign treatment are photographs. Invisalign’s lab requires eight photographs of the face and jaw from a variety of different angles.

The aligners are then custom-made to fit the needs of each individual’s specific Invisalign plan. Over the span of the next nine to 15 months, the aligners will be swapped out every two weeks. Each new set will be slightly altered to move the teeth further and further into the correct position.

It’s strongly recommended that aligners should be worn around 22 hours per day. However, part of the beauty of Invisalign retainers over metal braces, is they can be removed when eating, brushing one’s teeth, and whenever else is necessary.

The only challenge will be remembering to put the aligners back in when finished. But after seeing the progress, patients are typically excited to get back to straightening out their smile.

For more information on what to expect from this Invisalign treatment and how it can help you, contact Dr. Wong, your Honolulu, HI dentist at (808) 732-3072.

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

The teen years aren't easy for anyone, but they can be even harder if your teen isn't happy with his or her appearance. A mouth full of metal braces can make even the most confident teen feel self-conscious. Luckily, there's another option. Your dentist can treat bite orInvisalign overcrowding issues with Invisalign.

Traditional metal braces are attached to your child's teeth and can't be removed until treatment is over. With Invisalign, your teen wears a series of clear, comfortable trays that can be removed for drinking or eating or during special occasions, like the prom or a soccer game. Your Honolulu HI dentist shares some benefits of the Invisalign treatment process.

Many teens can benefit from Invisalign braces

When your son or daughter visits the dentist, she'll perform a thorough dental examination to determine if Invisalign will work for your child. Since Invisalign is effective for mild to moderate issues, the chances are good that your teen will be able to use this type of dental braces.

A series of trays is used for alignment

Traditional braces are adjusted by tightening the wires, a process that can be a little painful. Invisalign takes the pain out of the straightening process. Every two weeks, your teen uses a new Invisalign tray molded to his or her teeth. The series of trays gently and gradually move the teeth.

Your teen can eat anything

Popcorn and sticky foods are out if your teen wears traditional braces because it's so difficult to remove these foods from braces. When your Honolulu dentist recommends Invisalign, your teen can eat anything. Since the aligners are removed during meals, he or she can brush and floss as usual.

You'll spend less time at the dentist's office

Metal braces require frequent adjustments, and if your teen doesn't drive, that means you'll be responsible for taking him or her to all of those appointments. When your teen wears Invisalign aligners, dental visits will only occur approximately every six weeks, so you'll all have more time to enjoy the things you love doing.

Want to know more about the ways Invisalign can help your teen? Call Honolulu dentist Stephanie ML Wong, DMD at (808) 732-3072 for a consultation. Thanks to Invisalign, wearing braces doesn't have to be a painful or unpleasant experience!



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