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Dr. Levitin of Mile High Smiles is an Invisalign-trained doctor and a preferred Invisalign provider in Belmar. If you have crowded or shifted teeth and have avoided getting your teeth straightened because you’re concerned about wearing braces, Invisalign’s invisible braces (called aligners) may be the perfect choice!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of invisible or undetectable aligners. As your teeth move into place, you get new aligners so the fit is always perfect and your teeth continue to straighten as intended. Because the aligners are clear, they are practically invisible and nobody needs to know you’re wearing them. Plus, because they’re custom-made to fit your teeth, they are more comfortable than other braces alternatives.
How does Invisalign work?
First, Dr. Levitin will make a custom impression of your teeth. Then, using 3D computer technology, the Invisalign laboratory makes a series of customized aligners according to Dr. Levitin’s instructions. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, and they will gradually move your teeth millimeter by millimeter until the end result of straighter teeth is obtained.
Why choose Invisalign?
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smiles. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.
Invisalign does not use metal wires and brackets so it is more comfortable than traditional braces. Brushing and flossing are also easy because Invisalign aligners are removable – you can take them out and brush/floss like usual. This convenient aspect of Invisalign aligners also makes eating less of a hassle – you can simply take them out to eat foods that might otherwise be discouraged while wearing standard braces.
If you think Invisalign might be for you, contact our Belmar dental office to schedule an Invisalign consultation. Since Dr. Levitin is Invisalign-trained and a preferred Invisalign provider in Belmar, he will be able to determine your eligibility and address any concerns you might have.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces and Invisalign were both created to help patients straighten teeth. Both of these orthodontic treatments can allow you to improve your smile and overall health. However, there are several major differences between them.
While traditional braces have been around for a long period of time, Invisalign is a much newer treatment that made its debut about 15 years ago. Although Invisalign is newer than traditional metal braces, it continues to increase in popularity.
If you opt for traditional metal braces, you can expect metal brackets attached to your teeth and tied together wires. In the event you select the Invisalign route, however, your orthodontic treatment will be virtually invisible. Invisalign aligners are comprised of clear, smooth plastic that you can comfortably wear over your teeth. They can be customized to your particular teeth.
Brushing and flossing your teeth is usually more involved with traditional metal braces. It can be hard to brush and floss in between the wires and brackets but fortunately accessories like a water pik can assist in rinsing hard to reach places. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing is usually very easy. You can simply remove your aligners and brush and floss as you would if you weren’t undergoing orthodontic treatment. Many patients find that it’s far easier to remove all food particles and ensure optimal oral health with Invisalign.
If you’d like to be discreet and completely comfortable while straightening your teeth, Invisalign is typically the preferred option. Although every patient is different, most patients complete traditional braces treatment from 18 months to 3 years. Invisalign treatment typically takes less time to complete and can lead to a beautiful, healthy smile in 6 to 8 months.
Dr. Levitin can help you determine whether traditional metal braces or Invisalign is right for your specific situation.
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Finishing Invisalign and Having Straight Teeth
Find this great video of a patient finishing her Invisalign here.
Hey guys, it’s Jenna, so I’m back with another long awaited video, and this is gonna be my last Invisalign video, because I’m officially done. I actually finished Invisalign back in May, and it’s beginning of September now. So it’s been like four months since I actually finished. I’ve been really busy all summer, so I haven’t actually filmed an Invisalign video until today, and I literally only have 20 minutes to film this. I guess you wanna see my finish about my teeth, and how they look like and stuff, so this is my-
This is how my teeth will look for the rest of my life. And I don’t have my buttons anymore, and I’ll get into what happened to those, and the process that happened when I finished. I don’t have makeup on by the way. Anyway, so this is my teeth. The bottoms, and the tops. That’s what I thought. Okay, so, what the heck is that? Oops, is that a stain? I’m sorry, okay. Okay, so I’m obviously very happy with how my teeth turned out. I’ll tell you about what happened the last day that I went in … Or before that, I actually backtrack to my last tray. Okay, as you know, I had 19 trays, and the very last tray I actually had to wear for like three, four months. I think beginning of March or end of February when they said that I needed to wear my last set of trays for a month or two so that my teeth could set to where they are now.
I did that, and the day I walked in to get everything done, that’s when they took off all my buttons. And the one thing I didn’t know was that when they take your buttons off … Or I guess … yeah, when they take your buttons off they shave it off, and for some reason I thought that they were just kinda like … I don’t know how to explain it. I thought they were just gonna wedge a sharp tool under the button and it kind of pop off. But they had to shave it off, and I was shocked because I didn’t know that that was the thing. They took an X-ray of my teeth so that they can make my retainer.
They gave me two options for retainer. I don’t remember the actual terms of it, but okay, so the one retainer is the one with the bar. There’s a bar behind your teeth so that it actually will stay. There’s another retainer where you actually had to wear it at night, every single day for the rest of your life. And so I chose the cheaper version, which is the retainer that you have to wear every single night for the rest of your life. In the future, when I actually have money saved up, that I’ll actually get a bar installed into my mouth. But that’s really expensive. It’s probably … I think they said it’s like $800, and the retainer that I have now was actually … It was free the first time, but if ever you lost it or it broke or whatever, you have to pay $300 to get them again. That’s one thing you have to watch for if you get that retainer.
After they took my buttons off and took my X-ray and stuff, they said it was gonna take a couple of days for the retainer to actually be made, and then they’ll give it to me. Since they took my buttons off, I had to use my Invisalign tray. My last Invisalign tray I think it was literally only day, ’cause I went in the next day and picked it up. Yeah, it was literally only one day, it’s weird when you put your Invisalign in without any buttons, because it just slides on. I have a very strong tongue, that’s so weird to say. But I have a very strong tongue, so I can almost just take the tray out with my tongue. It’s so easy to take the Invisalign out without buttons in, because it’s not holding on to anything. So it literally slides in and out. It’s so friccin weird. The next day I walked in, they gave me my retainer. This is what it came in. It comes in a purple case, I don’t know what other colors there are to be honest. Mine came in a purple case.
It looks like Invisalign trays, except they’re a little different. Obviously there’s … if it focus is … There’s no Invisalign numbers or anything on that. They look like this, and if you notice that they comes further down onto the roof of your mouth. This is my top ones, right? When I first put them on it was really weird, ’cause I was so used to the Invisalign tray. These ones are kind of big. I realized that when I have them in I lisp a little bit. I don’t know if that’s gonna go away, because I know with my Invisalign I had a list for a couple of months. I’m not to sure just ’cause I only wear them a that night.
And then they also gave me a mold. They gave me a mold of how my teeth are like when they’re straight. And so, they’re not that pretty, but it kind of looks cool. Get to look at how your teeth look and stuff. It’s obviously dirty and … Not dirty, it was very messy in the way they did the mold. Anyway, but this is the front of my teeth. Isn’t that weird? There’s the top part. Okay, what I mean by the top retainer. This is weird. What I mean about the top retainer going onto your gums, is like … Yes, I put the retainer on. I’m obviously gonna wash it, but. It goes down to the roof, and it’s weird and it’s like you feel it at first.
So there’s the bottom part of my teeth. It’s like super straight now. I’ll put comparison about how my teeth looked when I started to … How they look now … And this is it together. It’s actually cool that they give you molds. Because I know my sister. She got braces and she was with a different doctor, and when she got her braces off, they also gave her molds of her teeth and we compared how our teeth looked and that was kind of weird because her teeth are actually bigger than mine. She has a bigger smile than I do.
One thing though is I think … ‘Cause I remember I watched … I don’t know if you know who Pink Sparkles is? She’s a YouTuber that also did Invisalign, and she did a video of her treatment as well. And I remember that her doctor actually gave her the option to shave her teeth down, so they look more straight. I, on the other hand, I wasn’t asked, but I was like, “Oh well, is it possible to? Because if you notice, this primary teeth is very uneven and it’s not straight. And I was hoping … because Pink Sparkles actually got her … So it’s kind of non-straight. It’s crooked. I wasn’t asked, and when I did ask about wanting to get my teeth shaved down, she said that it’s better if I don’t, because it looks more natural.
And I mean, yeah I guess it does look more natural. But just because we already took my X-ray and my retainer and stuff, I’m not about to pay another $300 just so I could get my teeth shaved down and stuff. I mean, it does look natural, and like it. It’s okay, maybe again when I have a lot more money, and if I wanna pay for another retainer, maybe then I could just wanna shave my teeth down.
Other than that, I’m really happy with my teeth. I have a shoebox actually filled like all of my stays. Well the ones I’ve kept. The ones I’ve lost obviously I’ve lost. But yeah, I have a whole shoebox, and I’ve actually put them in it’s thing, because yeah. I’ll probably be keeping those forever, because that’s kind of cool. Want to tell you guys one more thing. So, I actually posted a post on my Instagram and it was basically before and after pictures of my teeth, and I tagged Invisalign on it, and they actually commented on it, and they said … I guess I’ll put a hero or whatever, but they basically commented on my Instagram, asking if they could use my picture on any of their networks, or on their Instagram or whatever. And so I said, “Yeah, obviously.” Then they posted it on their Instagram.
That’s kind of cool, and basically [inaudible 00:09:16] now. No, I’m kidding. And they put it on their Facebook too. You go on the Invisalign profile on Facebook or on Instagram, then you’ll see my face on there. I think I’ve said everything I needed to say. I’m officially done Invisalign. This is my last Invisalign update video, and I hope you enjoyed it. I hope I answered all the questions, I think. But if you do have any questions, just comment and maybe I can make another mini video of me answering your questions, and maybe give an in depth experience of my Invisalign journey. Comment, like, subscribe and I will see you in another video. Bye.
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