Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Lee plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Dr. Lee will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images Dr. Lee will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, Dr. Lee will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
Getting Your Personal & Custom Aligners
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
A Simple Process- With Only Occasional Check-up
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional check-ups with Dr. Lee, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Length of Time Until You Reveal Your New Smile
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
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According to recent statistics, each year, upwards of 50 million Americans experience headaches so severe that they seek medical treatments. For many of these individuals, chronic headaches negatively affect the quality of their daily lives. What many people fail to realize is that their headaches may actually result from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder.
AllSmile Dental Group offers treatment options for TMJ disorders.
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to a group of related disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint and the surrounding muscles and tendons. The Temporomandibular Joint connects the temporal bone (upper jaw) to the mandible (lower jaw). Conditions of TMJ involve many different symptoms, often making the disorders difficult to diagnose.
Often, dental conditions are the cause of TMJ disorders. Occlusion, or how your teeth fit together when you bite down, plays an important role in the comfort of your jaw. When your occlusion is ideal, your upper and lower jaw fit comfortably together, allowing the muscles and tendons of the jaw to relax. If your teeth don’t come together properly, your Temporomandibular Joint and the surrounding muscles and tendons are forced to over-compensate for your malocclusion (or poor bite), which can result in discomfort in the jaw, popping, clicking, muscle strain, and frequent headaches.
How can TMJ Disorders be treated?
Various treatments and appliances for TMJ can help correct the relationship of your teeth, muscles, and joints to minimize the discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. Drs. Fishman, Roth and Chase will create customized dental appliances to treat your TMJ. Your SmilesNY dentist will work with you to develop the most effective TMJ treatment plan and appliance for your specific condition.
Will my TMJ appliance be uncomfortable to wear?
Most people find they become accustomed to a corrective or protective dental appliance relatively quickly. Any custom dental appliance you might need will be included in your treatment plan and thoroughly discussed with you.
How can I learn more about TMJ disorders and treatments?
The talented staffs at AllSmile Dental Group will be happy to discuss TMJ disorders and treatments with you. Please feel free to call (949)716-6900 to schedule an appointment.
While nearly one quarter of American adults suffer from chronic snoring, most never seek medical treatment for their condition. What many people fail to realize is that not only does habitual snoring deeply impact the quality of your sleep, but it can also be an indicator of a more serious condition, like sleep apnea. If you suffer from chronic snoring that affects the quality of your sleep, AllSmile Dental Group can help.
What causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused by the obstruction of the air flow through the nose and the mouth, resulting in vibrations that cause the snoring sound. Reasons for this obstruction can include:
- Blockages in the nasal airways that make air passage require extra effort.
- Poor muscle tone in the nose and throat that causes the airway to partially collapse.
- Bulky throat tissue caused by being overweight or having large tonsils or adenoids.
- Soft palate or uvula blocking the airway in the back of the throat.
Is snoring associated with any other health problems?
While occasional snoring is primarily just a nuisance, chronic snoring can be an indicator of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes long interruptions in the breathing cycle. In severe cases, sleep can be interrupted hundreds of times every night. Not only does this severely impact the quality of your sleep, but it can also cause blood oxygen levels to decrease. This increases the amount of work your heart has to do, causing your blood pressure to rise. If sleep apnea goes untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to an enlargement of the heart and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Chronic snoring has also been linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes.
What treatment options are available for snoring?
At AllSmile Dental Group, Dr. Lee can create customized dental appliances to help eliminate your snoring condition. Your specific treatment plan will be designed to treat the cause of your snoring. Dr. Lee will discuss which treatment plan will be best for you during your initial consultation.
How can I learn more about Snoring Treatments in NY?
The talented staffs at AllSmile Dental Group will be happy to discuss snoring treatments with you. Please feel free to call (949)716-6900 to schedule an appointment.