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Dr. Ricci has treated thousands of patients with Invisalign clear aligners, and does not shy away from treating even the hardest cases with Invisalign. Dr. Ricci explains that Invisalign is just a tool that she uses to move your teeth the way she was trained to as a specialist in Orthodontic tooth movement. Though there are plenty of clear aligners in the market, including those you see on television, the treatment is not the same. Dr. Ricci has combined her orthodontic speciality training with her extensive experience treating patients with clear aligners, to guarantee the same exact outcome as she would get with braces.
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WHY Invisalign

Dr. Ricci believes no patient is too young or too old for Invisalign. As long and the patient will commit to wearing the aligners, there are countless benefits to clear aligner therapy.

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CLEAR

First off, they are clear– making Invisalign a more esthetically appealing option for patients.

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CLEAN

Dr. Ricci’s favorite aspect of clear aligner therapy is that research shows hygiene is much better in patients being treated with aligners vs. braces. Why? Well because you simply take them off to brush like you normally would!

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CONVENIENT

Clear aligner therapy gives you the freedom to eat whatever you want, without the food restrictions that come with braces. Why? Because you simply take them off to eat! Also, because Dr. Ricci programs the prescription into all of your aligners, you are able to go longer between appointments versus having to come in often to get your braces “tightened.” The time between visits is dependent on your case.

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COMFORTABLE

Besides the obvious fact that your lips and tissue don’t have to adapt to brackets and wires, clear aligners are known to be more comfortable because the force is distributed evenly between all of the aligners versus the peak and plateau that occurs each time your braces are “tightened.”

Our office was one of the few offices chosen for the limited market release of the new and revolutionary Invisalign Palatal Expander (IPE).

The IPE is a series of 3D-printed expanders that gradually widen to create space for adult teeth in kids ages 6-11. The IPE system gives kids the orthodontic care they need, without having to manually crank the expander every day.  With this system, patients could continue with their normal diet and hygiene routine. Patients seem to be less intimidated by this expander option creating a better overall experience for the whole family.

Benefits of the Invisalign Palatal Expander 

  • No daily screw-turning
  • Clinically proven to be safe and effective
  • Removable for better oral hygiene
  • Kid-friendly
  • No food restrictions
  • Fewer emergency visits
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Invisalign is a tool, like braces, that is used to correct orthodontic problems like those described above. However, because Invisalign is a newer technology than braces and requires a slightly different approach, not everyone can achieve the same results when using this tool. Think of it as a paintbrush. A paintbrush in the hands of Picasso or da Vinci will produce a very different painting than in our hands, right? Invisalign is the same. Invisalign in the hands of someone trained to use this tool to its fullest potential will result in a very different outcome than someone who does not. Dr. Ricci has treated thousands of patients with Invisalign and will treat even the hardest cases with Invisalign clear aligners.

If your insurance covers Orthodontic treatment, it doesn’t matter whether you choose Invisalign or braces because these are both just different tools we use to get the same result. We work closely with many insurance companies, and offer a complimentary benefits check at any time to make sure you maximize your orthodontic benefits.

Dr. Ricci specializes in using Invisalign to treat patients of all ages, including kids. If orthodontic treatment is indicated for a child or teenager, Dr. Ricci will discuss the pros and cons of using clear aligners versus braces. Dr. Ricci finds that adolescents are in fact some of her BEST Invisalign patients, even better than adults. Kids and teens are constantly surprising their parents when it comes to how well they do with the aligners. And the best part, they can clean their teeth more easily, eat whatever they want, and miss less school! Wins all around!

Invisalign uses a series of patient-specific clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into the optimal position. Dr. Ricci will create a customized treatment plan just for you and manipulate the software to make sure the proper forces are being applied to your teeth in each tray. There will most likely be various clear shapes or “bumps” added to your teeth (called attachments) in order to optimize the pressure points and movement of the teeth. Each aligner will then be worn for one week, 22 hours a day. The aligners are only removed to eat and brush. Each week you will switch to a new tray. We will typically give you between 8-12 trays at a time, depending on your case.

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case, but can range anywhere from 6 months to 30 months. The average case will typically take about 15-18 months. Dr. Ricci, our board-certified orthodontist, will provide a more accurate timeline during your consultation.

It's recommended to remove your Invisalign aligners while eating or drinking anything other than water. This prevents staining of the aligners and also maintains oral hygiene. After eating, it's important to brush your teeth before reinserting the aligners. If you can’t brush, at least rinse with water and then brush as soon as possible.

 For optimal results, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Invisalign aligners should be cleaned regularly. Rinse them under lukewarm water and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using hot water as it can warp the plastic. Avoid using any abrasive toothpastes because it can cause microabrasions in the plastic and make the aligners more plaque retentive. An ultrasonic dental pod is an easy and ideal way to maintain the cleanliness of aligners. Also, make sure to keep them in their case (and away from pets and high heat) when not in use to prevent damage.

Some people may notice a slight lisp when they first start wearing Invisalign aligners. However, this is typically temporary and should improve as you get used to wearing them. Your tongue will typically adapt to its new environment fairly quickly.

Your orthodontist will schedule regular check-ups to monitor your progress and may even offer virtual care through the Invisalign app. Invisalign treatment involves a series of aligners, each moving your teeth incrementally; therefore, if you're wearing the trays as prescribed and they are fully seated over your teeth, you will see your teeth move with each new set of aligners according to the treatment plan.

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