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What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 2)?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 30th, 2016
What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 2)?

(This is Part 2 of a 2-part Invisalign post. Part 1 of this article discussed the design and manufacturing of Invisalign aligners.) After your Invisalign aligners have been designed by your orthodontist and manufactured by Align Technology, the entire set is shipped to your doctor’s office. There is more to achieving a successful result however than merely handing a box full of plastic shells to a patient. If that were not the case, Align would merely ship the aligners directly to the patient and cut out the “middleman.” There are three additional procedures provided by your orthodontist at the delivery…

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What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 1)?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 4th, 2016
What is Invisalign and How Does It Move Teeth (Part 1)?

Before 1997, practically the only way to straighten the teeth was with braces. While colored rubber bands made kids a little more excited about having treatment, adults were less enthusiastic, even if the braces were tooth colored or attached on the inside of the teeth. In 1997, a company called Align Technology introduced a technique for moving teeth using a series of customized clear aligners they called Invisalign. Invisalign is an orthodontic system comprised of a series clear plastic shells that fit tightly around the teeth. Picture the thermoformed plastic packaging surrounding most items you purchase at retail stores. This…

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 18th, 2016
Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

One of the most basic and sincere questions that I get asked by potential patients is, “Do braces hurt?” If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that I’m a straight shooter and I tell it like it is. Here’s what it feels like to get braces. Although the retractors used to hold the tongue and cheeks out of the way may be a little uncomfortable, the process of conditioning, rinsing, drying, and sealing a tooth is completely painless. Neither is there any pain when the orthodontist places a bracket (brace) nor when the technician cures the cement…

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My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 15th, 2015
My Thoughts on Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

I have received several questions about a new company called the SmileDirectClub (formerly SmileCareClub). The slogan on their website is “Invisible aligners done at home” and their claim is “Identical results for less than 50% of the others.” In a nutshell, their process involves taking a set of impressions and photos of yourself at home, mailing them away to their company, and then receiving a set of aligners that you wear to sequentially move your own teeth until you have a “perfectly straight smile” in 4 to 8 months. Could it be that easy? Does it work? Here are my…

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When Clear Braces Are Better Than Invisalign

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 12th, 2012
When Clear Braces Are Better Than Invisalign

Many people who want straight teeth never go through with treatment because they just don’t like the way braces look. In 1998, Align Technology introduced Invisalign tooth positioning aligners. Up until that time, the only cosmetic alternatives to silver braces on the teeth were clear (ceramic) or lingual (inside) braces. Why do orthodontists still use clear braces when Invisalign seems so much better? Align Technology’s introduction of Invisalign changed the field of orthodontics forever. First, for appropriate cases, Invisalign does provide the esthetic alternative to metal braces that many patients are seeking. Second, because Align bypassed professional providers and marketed…

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