Dr. Rohinton Patel and the team at Hawaii Pacific Dental Group offer Invisalign® as a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional orthodontics. Instead of attaching metal wires to the teeth, Dr. Patel can create a series of clear plastic retainers that gradually adjust the teeth in about the same time required using traditional braces. While these retainers should be worn all day, they can be removed during meals.
Here at Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, we offer Invisalign orthodontic correction of your teeth. They differ from traditional braces in that there are no metal wires attached to your teeth. Instead, we use a highly cosmetic plastic tooth-covered filling material on certain teeth that need to move more than others and we utilize a series of clear aligner retainers that are worn throughout the day. Patients are allowed to take them off to eat and drink, to brush and floss their teeth. Otherwise, they're worn day and night until our final outcome is achieved.
Most patients are very happy with Invisalign to straighten their teeth compared to the older fashioned types of metal wires. Many patients are candidates for Invisalign treatment that were not 10, 15 years ago due to the rapid advancements in our technologies that we use today in dentistry. Invisalign is used to straighten misaligned teeth, correct misshapen areas in a patient's smile, oftentimes reducing the amounts of plaque and tartar that build up.
We usually bring our patients in once a month for follow-up visits throughout the course of their care. A straightened smile doesn't aid only to optimal oral health, it also benefits the patient greatly by increasing their self-confidence when, perhaps, they're looking for a new job. Duration of treatment can vary depending on the patients severity of misalignment, anywhere from six months to a couple of years