invisalign in Perkasie

What are Invisalign and Clear Correct? 

At Perkasie Dental Loft, we offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect orthodontic systems to straighten crooked teeth and fix other malocclusions such as bite problems, closing gaps in the teeth, and fixing misaligned teeth and overcrowding.

Clear aligners are a transparent alternative to the metal wires and brackets that are synonymous with braces. This allows our dental patients to fix their teeth problems without drawing attention to their biggest insecurity. You will receive new aligners every 1-2 weeks to help gradually shift your teeth into correct alignment.

The aligners are meant to be worn for 22 hours a day and are conveniently removable for easier access to thoroughly clean your teeth and eat. To find out if a clear aligner system is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lindsey Cerdas today.

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Why is preventive dental care important?

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Preventive dentistry if your foundation for a healthy smile. With regular cleanings and exams, small dental issues can be caught before they turn into large and costly problems. Preventive dental care along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine can help prevent dental issues all together. It’s these small investments in your oral hygiene that lead to a beautiful, healthy smile.

Did you know…

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Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 different types of bacteria.

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Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.

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Over 90% of American adults have had a cavity at some point in their lives.

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Did you know…

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Most Invisalign patients achieve their desired smile results in about under a year!

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The Clear Aligner Process

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Initial Consultation

At your first consultation, Dr. Cerdas will determine if clear aligner therapy is right for you. First, she will examine your oral health and the alignment of your teeth to check for gaps and crowding. She will also discuss your smile goals and develop a treatment plan made just for you.

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Impressions & Digital Imaging

Dr. Cerdas will then take a series of digital images of your mouth as well as a mold of your teeth to create accurate impressions of your bite. She may make adjustments to ensure your teeth are properly aligned with the mold. Once this is complete, we will send the images and impressions to our trusted laboratory to make your first few sets of aligners.

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Fitting & Next Steps

Once we receive your first several sets of aligners, you’ll return to the office, where Dr. Cerdas will make sure they fit perfectly. She’ll provide you with detailed instructions about how long to wear your aligners and how to care for them. Every 6 weeks or so, you’ll stop by our office to pick up your next few sets of aligners and check-in with Dr. Cerdas so she make sure your smile is on the right track.

The Benefits of Clear Aligner Therapy

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Transparent & Removable

There are so many advantages to choosing clear aligners over traditional braces. The transparent material makes them invisible and they are removable which makes them easier to clean. 

Because you can take your aligners out when you eat, you can eat or drink whatever you’d like as long as you clean your teeth and aligners before placing them back in.

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Many patients experience faster results with clear aligner therapy than with traditional braces. Custom-crafted aligners that are swapped out every 2 weeks apply gentle pressure to your teeth, resulting in a more comfortable, and quicker, treatment.

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How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of your dental problems. Clear aligners are best suited for mild to moderate orthodontic problems. The average length of treatment is between 12-18 months but can be as short as 6 months or as long as 24 months for very overcrowded teeth.

For the best results, you need to wear your clear aligners for 22 hours a day,  only taking them out for up to 2 hours to eat and clean your teeth. It’s also important to take care of your aligners by regularly cleaning them and properly storing them so the mold does not become disfigured.

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Am I A Suitable Candidate For Clear Aligner Therapy?

In recent years, something known as Invisalign “attachments” or ClearCorrect “engagers” have changed the game in terms of their ability to address more severe dental malocclusions. These attachments are teeth-colored buttons made of compost resin and are attached to your tooth’s enamel. 

Your aligners then hook onto these attachments which come in various shapes and sizes. They help apply just the right amount of pressure to encourage shifting or rotating of teeth in certain directions. They may be used in conjunction with elastics.

However, patients with a severe bite or alignment issue and children under 13 years old are not good candidates for Invisalign or ClearCorrect. This is because, in addition to straightening the teeth, the jaw also needs to be shifted into the right position. If you cannot commit to wearing your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours (ideally 22 hours) a day then you will not reap the benefits of clear aligners.

How Do I Care for My Clear Aligners?

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Caring for your clear aligners is as simple as remembering to take them out every type you eat or drink hot liquids and to brush your teeth. You will need to rinse out your aligners when you take them out to get rid of bacteria that could become trapped in the aligners from your saliva. 

You will also want to clean your teeth before putting the aligners back in so you don’t trap acid or food particles in the aligners which can stain your teeth or the aligners and lead to tooth decay. Do not consume hot liquids while wearing your aligners, because the temperature can warp the aligner mold, making them less effective at shifting your teeth into the right place.

To clean your aligners, you should gently brush them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner. You should also regularly soak them in a denture cleaner for 30 minutes at a time. You can also use Invisalign cleaning crystals or Steraligner. ClearCorrect also offers cleaning crystals for clear aligners.

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Clear aligners are removable, so you can still eat all of your favorite foods!

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