Traditional metal braces have long been a standard of care for aligning teeth and correcting gaps, crowding, and bite issues. While definitely effective, traditional braces can be uncomfortable, impede teeth cleaning, and can limit the types of food one eats. Additionally, and of particular concern to older dental patients, is the “metal mouth” appearance that one has to live with for up to three years. In response to these limitations, dental and orthodontic researchers started developing “clear” braces in the mid-1980s. Since then, clear braces technology has significantly evolved and provides patients with a variety of options to consider in lieu of traditional braces. Island Tower Dentistry is now offering its Marco Island patients a clear braces option that is considered one of the most innovative and technically advanced available.
In addition to its primary focus on ensuring optimal oral health, Island Tower Dentistry has always offered its southwest Florida patients cosmetic dentistry treatment options to improve their smiles and boost self-confidence. Teeth alignment treatment covers both elements of dentistry. Not only does it improve the look of one’s smile, but it also helps correct alignment issues that can cause teeth damage and compromise gum health. With this in mind, Island Tower Dentistry is pleased to offer its patients Invisalign®, one of the most technologically advanced treatments for treating common teeth alignment and bite issues. FDA-approved Invisalign® can start delivering noticeable results within weeks, and—as implied by its name—the braces themselves will be hardly noticeable.
Invisalign® treatment at Island Tower Dentistry begins with a consultation with Dr. Van Dyke, an Invisalign-trained treatment provider. Dr. Van Dyke will physically assess your smile and bite and use an iTero Element® 3D scanner to map out teeth placement. ClinCheck® software then uses this information to develop a custom treatment plan designed to quickly and effectively resolve all alignment and bite issues. The treatment plan provides a digital demonstration of how the clear aligners will move the teeth over time, as well as estimates on how much time and how many different aligners will be needed.
Once the plan is finalized and agreed to, your first custom aligners are produced by a 3D printer. When they are ready, Dr. Van Dyke will ensure that they provide a proper fit, review day-to-day protocols, and answer any questions. You wear each set of aligners for one to two weeks depending upon the treatment plan and typically meet with Dr. Van Dyke every six to eight weeks to check progress and pick up the next batch of aligners. Adjustments to the original plan may be needed to be made depending upon progress, but the technology typically proves effective at tailoring treatment that works as planned.
As with all dental procedures at Island Tower Dentistry, Dr. Van Dyke and his team always strive to ensure that you remain fully informed about all elements of the Invisalign® treatment and its progress. They are also dedicated to ensuring the utmost in comfort.
Learn More by Contacting Island Tower Dentistry
If you would like to learn more about this innovative and technically advanced alternative to traditional braces, the dental professionals at Island Tower Dentistry would be glad to discuss Invisalign® treatment with you. Dr. Jonathan Van Dyke and his highly qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and Marco Island office support staff stand ready to address your unique teeth alignment concerns or otherwise assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry, call for an appointment today at 239-394-1004. Our office is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.
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