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Are you a patient who feels as though you could have benefitted from braces years ago? Do you think you are too old now to fix crowding or crookedness? Twin Dental offers you a unique solution with the same results. Invisalign is a clear, plastic alternative to the wires and brackets characteristic of traditional orthodontic work. These smooth, custom-made appliances are designed to gently shift your teeth to the desired position without the bulk or manual tightening.

In our Cincinnati office, we hold consultations with interested patients to determine whether Invisalign would be an appropriate treatment for their specific circumstances. If so, we begin designing individualized treatment plans. The basis for planning comes from x-rays, pictures, and impressions of the current state of the teeth. In order to achieve timely results, new aligners are provided to the patient every two weeks, gradually moving towards the desired result. Total aligners can range from 18-30. The full length of treatment varies, though adults average 10-14 months.

Patients are instructed to wear aligners throughout the day, only removing them for eating, drinking, and brushing/flossing. This means the virtually invisible aligners should be in place for 20-22 hours each day. Checkups with our staff are normally recommended every six weeks. At the completion of your Invisalign treatment, Vivera retainers are usually suggested for maintenance purposes. To discuss technical and financial aspects of Invisalign, contact Twin Dental. It just may be the tool you have been looking for to achieve a straight, confident smile.

Digital Impressions with iTero

When it comes to taking impressions of your teeth for Invisalign treatment, we use an iTero intraoral scanner.

The old method of making dental impressions required the patient to hold trays in their mouth using an impression material such as alginate or polyvinylsiloxane. They would need to wait for this to solidify enough to retain its shape once removed. The resulting molds were often sent away to a third party to create a cast of the patient’s teeth, after which it would be sent back to the dentist’s office. If there were any problems with the mold or resulting cast, the patient might need to come back again to have another impression taken.

iTero greatly simplifies the process of making dental impressions. The scanner uses a small wand that captures thousands of images a second, feeding them to a computer that uses the images to assemble a 3-dimensional visualization of the patient’s teeth. The scanning wand is small, allowing it to be easily moved around teeth—even the backs of molars—without requiring the patient to open their mouths wider than is comfortable. The 3D image is assembled rapidly, making it possible to spot any missing parts of the impression as the scan is being done, eliminating the need for the patient to come in for a repeat visit.

The 3D imaging created by the iTero scanner has more detail than could be attained through 2D imaging, making for better planning of orthodontic treatment. The 3D scans can also be used for patient education, showing them how their teeth currently fit together and which areas are causing problems. iTero has an added benefit for Invisalign, as it includes the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which allows us to show patients the likely outcome of their Invisalign treatment.