The Pain-free Treatment for an Inviting Smile
A straight smile can work wonders. In addition to boosting appearances, it can increase patient comfort and improve the overall health of the mouth. As an experienced cosmetic and general dentist, Michael Bixby understands the significance of properly aligned teeth and works with patients to help them achieve their best possible smile. He offers several orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign®, at his Red Bank, New Jersey practice as part of his neuromuscular approach to dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry places an emphasis on the proper positioning of the teeth to ensure optimal function of the mouth. If the alignment of your teeth has caused you discomfort or embarrassment, contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry to learn how Dr. Bixby can help
Invisalign® is an effective orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligner trays to gradually move the teeth toward their proper position. These aligners are a more attractive alternative to metal brackets and wires, which frequently cause discomfort to patients and can detract from the smile during treatment.
After it has been determined that you are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Bixby will take an impression of the patient’s teeth and bite alignment, and send this impression to a lab where the custom orthodontic trays are created. Once the Invisalign® trays have been crafted, patients can return to Dr. Bixby’s Red Bank practice to begin treatment.
Invisalign® aligners should be worn for approximately 22 hours a day and removed while eating and drinking. Patients wear a set of upper and lower trays for two weeks at a time, before changing to the next set of trays in the series; the specific sequence of the trays are designed to gradually shift teeth into the appropriate position. Because the trays are pre-made, there is a reduced need for office visits, making the treatment convenient and less time-consuming than other orthodontic systems. Invisalign® is most effective when patients are committed to wearing the aligners on a daily basis. When worn properly, Invisalign® can help patients achieve full results in approximately one year.
There are several different types of orthodontic treatment that patients can choose from to achieve a straight, healthy-looking smile. In addition to moving the teeth into their proper position, Invisalign® offers unique benefits, including:
There is no question that properly spaced and aligned teeth are healthier for all patients, regardless of the method of alignment. Throughout his career, Dr. Bixby has dedicated himself to neuromuscular dentistry and remained focused on how all aspects of the mouth can work together to promote health and beauty. While orthodontic treatment may be thought of as a cosmetic move, properly spaced and aligned teeth are beneficial because they:
Invisalign® can be used to correct a number of alignment issues, and is an effective way to improve the health and beauty of a smile. To find out whether you are a candidate for treatment with Invisalign®, schedule a consultation at our Red Bank, New Jersey practice today.