Engineering Straighter Teeth
The Purpose of Orthodontics
A variety of methods can be used to address imperfections such as crowding, wide spaces, overbite, underbite, and even crossbite. We offer both traditional orthodontic methods and Invisalign™ clear aligners. Both utilize steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change to correct the position of teeth over time. This allows for better dental hygiene, less risk of damage, a more even bite, and an overall healthier smile.
A Straight, Healthy Smile – Fast!
The team at Mountain View Dentistry is very happy to offer Invisalign clear aligners to our patients. These innovative trays can provide straight teeth much more quickly than traditional braces in most cases. Many patients see full results in only 9 – 15 months. This is a fast, nearly invisible option for straighter teeth.
How It Works
Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to prepare your entire treatment plan from the current positioning of your teeth to your final smile. From this plan, clear thermoplastic aligners are created. These are similar to teeth-whitening trays and are custom made to exactly fit your teeth. Gentle forces move your teeth into position. You replace the aligners with a new set about every two weeks and progress through treatment for about a year. Total treatment time is based on your personal needs and goals.
The Convenience Factor
Though you wear the aligners all day as well as while you sleep, they are easily removable to eat and drink what you want while in treatment, with no food restrictions. And keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque is just as easy as it was before treatment, because there are no braces to get in the way of brushing and flossing.
Boosting Your Confidence
With Invisalign, no one will know you’re straightening your teeth because the clarity of the aligners renders them almost invisible! The aligners are all in one piece, which makes them comfortable to wear. They don’t require adjustments, reducing your time in the dentist’s chair. So you can have a gorgeously straight smile, discreetly and comfortably, in an incredibly short time!
Goodbye Goopy Impressions
With our iTero™ intra-oral scanner, Dr. Shidmand is able to make accurate digital impressions that usually eliminate the old uncomfortable tray and putty impression. It can be used for crowns, Invisalign™ clear aligners, whitening trays, and more. This technology ensures a more precise fit and improved accuracy, and you’ll spend less time at the dentist and more time enjoying your new smile.
Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the tooth. These brackets work as handles to which other components are attached to move your tooth in various directions. A skinny metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, our high-tech memory wires place pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are needed, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.