Achieving the perfect smile is something we all know is important but did you know that creating that perfect smile is also important to your overall physical health? Straight teeth create a better environment for effective oral hygiene, reducing problems that can occur later on such as gum disease. Straight teeth even promote better digestion.
Crooked or crowded teeth require orthodontic work but it no longer means the traditional metal braces and brackets. Today, Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth — orthodontically effective and almost invisible all at the same time.
How Invisalign® Works —
Dr. Yung and his associates, Dr. Foon and Dr. Navarro, use the cutting edge technology of Invisalign® to achieve the healthiest and best smile possible. Following a thorough examination to ensure you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, Dr. Yung will use the latest 3-D technology to provide the Invisalign® Company your exact measurements and specifications. They will in turn produce your entire set of aligners custom made to fit you perfectly.
On your next visit, Dr. Yung and his team will explain exactly how to use the aligners and give you the first pair (upper and lower) to wear for two weeks. After two weeks, you will replace them with the next set in the series. Slowly and carefully, each new set will work gently to realign your teeth. You may feel some pressure at first with each new set, but you will quickly get used to the new feel as the transformation continues.
The entire process takes from 6 to 18 months depending on the condition and current alignment of your teeth. During this process, it is best to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day, but remove them for eating, brushing and flossing. It’s the best of all worlds — transforming your new beautiful smile in the most comfortable and attractive way.
In addition, Dr. Yung does something very special for his patients that not all Invisalign® providers do. Because he is committed to your longterm oral health, he includes the post-treatment retainers as part of the whole package. “Consider this our way of insuring your straight smile lasts a lifetime,” says Dr. Michael S. Yung.
Choosing your Invisalign® Dentist
As with all medical needs, choosing the right doctor is as important as the procedure. Dr. Yung has earned the status of an Invisalign® Premier Preferred Provider. What this means to you is that, his experience and expertise in using Invisalign® technology has both met and exceeded the very strict guidelines set by the company. Dr. Yung has distinguished himself with the highest level of success treating over 45 patients each year and is dedicated to ensuring that all of his patients leave his office with the brightest and healthiest smile possible. Invisalign® has honored him with this designation — something he is very proud to have achieved. Just as important, Dr. Yung attends ongoing clinical training programs to ensure that he is as current in technique and information as this amazing technology keeps developing.
For over 15 years, Invisalign® has been creating millions of smiles comfortably and with the top results you want that will last a lifetime — very exciting indeed!
Some Common Questions About Invisalign®
Will Invisalign work for my teenager or young children?
The Invisalign® company offers Invisalign Teen®, boasting additional features to ensure your teenager gets the best benefits from the Invisalign® teeth-straightening experience. Children of a younger age may or may not be candidates for Invisalign. Generally, the child must have second baby teeth and partially erupted molars, at minimum. Invisalign® requires greater responsibility, and is generally more costly than traditional metal braces. Dr. Yung will go over all the benefits of Invisalign® with you to help you make an informed decision.
Will my diet be restricted during Invisalign treatment?
One great advantage of Invisalign®) is that the aligners are removable, so you will be able to eat and drink as you please during treatment. Another huge advantage to being able to remove the aligners is hygiene maintenance during treatment, when compared with braces. Of course, you’ll want to brush and floss daily, particularly prior to reinserting your aligners, to maintain fresh breath and excellent oral hygiene. Invisalign® clear braces are a dynamic method for improving dental health and the beauty of your smile.
Will wearing aligners affect my speech?
There may be a short adjustment period, usually one week or less.
Is there much discomfort with Invisalign treatment?
You will feel slight pressure or discomfort for a day or so after you change to a new set of aligners.
Can I chew gum?
No! Gum will stick to your aligners.
How do I clean my aligners?
Brush them with toothpaste or soap and lukewarm water.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic condition. In many case, treatment time can be less than traditional braces, taking between six and 18 months.
How often will I have appointments with Invisalign?
Regular appointments every 6 weeks will be needed. This will ensure that treatment is progressing as planned.
What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
All of our orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain your healthy new smile.
Do aligners break and what do I do if that happens?
Yes, aligners, while flexible, can tear under repeated heavy twisting or torqueing. If this happens, let Dr. Yung and his team know immediately so they can resolve the problem.