Invisalign will get the beautiful, straight teeth you've always wanted - without braces. A consultation with your doctor can determine if Invisalign is right for you. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Louderback can determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
What are the benefits?
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. No metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments.
Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
For those adults whose front teeth are crowded, crooked or uneven, treatment is available to align your teeth in a beautiful, natural, straight smile in a short period of time.
Short-term braces involves creating any additional space needed to correct crowded teeth by "discing", in between the teeth to provide hairline spaces that allows the teeth to quickly align. This procedure is fast, easy and painless. No anesthetic is required.
Clear, ceramic braces are available to produce an almost invisible appearance.
Within a few months, your teeth are straight!
What is the procedure?
The dentist will place the braces and you will have them for a few months. A bonded, fixed retainer is then placed behind your teeth to maintain their straight alignment. No removable retainer is needed.
Temporomandibular DisorderMillions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurrent headaches. In some cases this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get quite a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
For most patients, nighttime grinding and clenching is the primary cause of TMD. Everyone does it to some extent and it is normally brought on by stress and tension. This habit may be transient in nature and the symptoms may come and go. Treatment is dictated by the persistency and severity of the symptoms present. For most patients the initial treatment involves the fabrication of a mouthpiece, worn at night time, to limit the trauma from grinding on the teeth, joints and muscles.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of TMD include:● Pain in the jaw area.● Sensitive and worn teeth.● Pain, ringing, or fullness in the ears.● Frequent headaches.● Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves.● Muscle spasms in the jaw area.● Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth.
Should these symptoms become a concern, we can help advise you as to whether they indicate the presence of TMD, and what sort of treatment is appropriate for you.