Invisalign Miami Orthodontist – Invisible Braces for Adults and Teens
Dr. Sanders is a Certified Elite Invisalign Provider in Miami, FL and has treated hundreds of patients with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for over 8 years. Several years ago, Dr. Sanders was invited to an Invisalign study club in San Jose, Costa Rica to meet and discuss cases with orthodontists from around the world. As part of the Invisalign sponsored study club, Dr. Sanders visited the Invisalign headquarters to evaluate the 3D process used for Invisalign treatment simulations.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of computer generated clear retainers (aligners) that fit over the biting surfaces of teeth. Invisalign treatment utilizes a series of aligners that are used to straighten teeth and each aligner is worn for a two week period of time. Traditionally, Invisalign was used to treat mild to moderate crowding or spacing between teeth, but today there are many more indications and technology has been developed for both adults and teens. The process starts by scanning a patients teeth or taking impressions in order to create a 3D virtualization using CAD-CAM technology. To finalize the treatment setup, an Invisalign technician communicates with Dr. Sanders in order to achieve an ideal computerized result.
After a consultation to determine your orthodontic needs, Dr. Sanders will develop an optimal treatment plan that is best for you and explain any options that are appropriate.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Appearance. Invisalign aligners are clear and extremely less noticeable than traditional bracket and wire braces. For most patients, this is the most motivating aspect of selecting Invisalign treatment.
- Removability. Patients can remove the aligners while eating and it is very easy to clean teeth and thus prevent cavities with Invisalign because the trays are removable.
- Compared to having braces, Invisalign can significantly reduce the possibility of gum inflammation during treatment and is therefore a superior option for patients that have previous periodontal (gum) disease or gum recession.
- Because the trays are removed when eating, patients can enjoy more foods and do not have to worry about broken or malpositioned appliances. With traditional braces, patients need to avoid hard foods that can dislodge or break brackets and wires and also avoid sticky foods that will adhere to brackets and wires and be difficult to clean away.
- Health. Healthy gums and soft tissue mean a healthier, happier patient. With improved access to the gum tissues and all surfaces of the teeth for cleaning, patients will have significantly improved probability of optimal oral health, free of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Comfort. Although patients are likely to experience some tenderness and tingling after each new aligner is inserted, due to tooth movement, patients will be more comfortable than with traditional braces.
- Patients typically speak normally while wearing the aligners. This is not always the case when the soft tissue of the mouth is irritated by traditional brackets and wires.
- The irritation of brackets and wires on adjacent soft tissue of the mouth can be painful and require use of orthodontic wax and palliative rinses. Invisalign aligners are smooth and do not irritate the soft tissue of the mouth.
What Can I Expect with Invisalign?
The aligners should fit over your teeth and apply pressure to move your teeth, little by little. With each new aligner in the series, you will see a change in your appearance and bite. Unless you lose or damage a tray, you should not have “emergencies” or need to see us on an emergency basis. We traditionally give patients four aligners at each visit and each aligner is worn for a two week period of time. Invisalign patients are usually seen every eight to ten weeks to track progress and evaluate possible problematic areas. Click here to see other frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
What Bites are Appropriate for Invisalign Treatment?
Most permanent teeth must be erupted, which means Invisalign can be used in adolescence and adulthood. When teeth are significantly malpositioned or greatly turned, traditional braces may be indicated. Although Invisalign is not appropriate for everyone, Dr Sanders can determine if it is right for you. As a Premier Preferred Invisalign Provider, Dr Sanders is specially trained and certified to evaluate your problem and develop a customized treatment plan for your best result.
If you want to straighten your teeth without the hassles of traditional braces, give us a call at (305) 598-3384. We are here to help you achieve a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider
In 2014, Dr. Derek Sanders of Orthodontics Only in Miami, Florida achieved Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider status. For much more on the what it means to be Invisalign Elite Preferred please check out our blog post here. Ultimately, this helps our practice help you. We gain access to peer to peer events, practice development materials and the eligibility to attend a complimentary Invisalign Intermediate Course (GP) or Clear Techniques II (Ortho). With Invisalign getting more and more effective every single year you can be rest assured that our staff will be current of all the technology available to help straighten your teeth.
At our Google Plus post you can see Dr. Derek Sanders receiving his 2014 Elite sign. He is amongst the very few as he has illustrated a superior level of expertise when it comes to Invisalign. If you have any questions, concerns or comments related to Invisalign do not hesitate to contact us today. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you with better understanding how we can straighten your teeth with Invisalign “clear braces” as soon as possible..
Omnicam by CEREC for Miami Invisalign Patients
As one of the premiere Miami Invisalign specialist Dr. Derek Sanders makes 100% certain his patients are receiving the best care possible. In July 2015, Orthodontics Only received the brand new Omnicam by CEREC which will allow the staff to offer state of the art technology along with great customer service. Below are some resources to explain more about this piece of technology:
- All You Need to Know About CEREC for Orthodontists
- Dolphin 3D Imaging for the CEREC Omnicam
- What is the CEREC Omnicam by Sirona?
- Miami Invisalign Specialist Receives CEREC Omnicam by Sirona
If you would like to know anything else about this piece of medical technology do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Remember that we offer a free one hour consultation as well.
As with all technology, we are going to continue to stay update the software and hardware. In the next few weeks we will be posting some pictures and videos of scans that are made. If you would like to know more information about Invisalign vs braces do not hesitate to give us a call.
Invisalign After Braces
We have recently been contacted about a situation in which a patient had braces and was then suggested Invisalign. It is very important to remember that a retainer be worn as suggested by the orthodontist. Most of the time, when braces do not correctly straighten teeth it is because the retainer was not worn every night or to the requirements of the orthodontist. While most teeth will remain straight after braces there is always the chance that something can change.
At Orthodontics Only we are 100% honest and up front about our procedures. We will be clear about the proper steps to make certain that braces are 100% effective. If you ever have any questions about braces or why the may or may not work do not hesitate to contact us. For the most part, children or adults will choose between braces or Invisalign but it won’t take both to straighten teeth. To better understand what options are best for you come in and take advantage of our free one hour consultation.
Is Invisalign Better Than Metal Braces?
This is a question we are often asked. The only way we will know with 100% certainty if Invisalign will be better than metal braces is for you to come in for a free one hour consultation. Everyone’s teeth and mouth are different. Some children and teenagers may want metal braces because their friends have them. Others may hate the idea of metal in their mouth so Invisalign is a great option. Dr. Derek Sanders and the Orthodontics Only staff will be completely honest with you in determining what type of treatment and procedure will be best for you.
We will also explain which option will be the most cost effective. We recognize that the cost of the procedure plays a very important role in deciding what type of braces to get. Before starting any treatment we want you to be comfortable with the cost of the treatment. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time to get more information on Invisalign or braces in the Miami, Florida area.
Do Insurance Companies Cover Invisalign in Florida?
We are often asked questions related to insurance coverage and Invisalign. It is important to understand how the process works if you hope to get some type of coverage for your braces or Invisalign treatment. Our practice will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you have with your current insurance provider. When we run the insurance for a child or an adult we run it as if you are getting braces or Invisalign, there is not a distinction between the two. Generally speaking, insurance companies will cover around $1000 to $1500. There are some cases in which insurance will cover $2000 to $3000 but that is less common.
Some of the insurance companies we work with include:
Most Delta Dental plans
Florida Combined Life
If your insurance provider is not on this list it does not mean they will not cover part of your procedure. Contact us today if you would like to better understand if your insurance provider will cover part or all of your Miami Invisalign procedure.
Will Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) Cover Invisalign?
Recently, the NY Times reported on HSAs and FSAs and how they can be used for orthodontic treatment. If you have extra money set aside for your flexible spending account you could find that both braces and Invisalign are covered. The only way you will know for certain is to contact our office today. We have a financial team member that can not only run the insurance for you but can look into matters related to FSA accounts.
We will be more than happy to assist you with the FSA account and how it could potential cover some or all of the costs of Invisalign in Miami, Florida or anywhere in the state of Florida. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time. This is a subject that will likely be discussed by many parents and adults looking to get braces for their children or themselves. We are excited to learn more about this so we can help future patients as well.
More Adults Getting Invisalign and Braces in 2015 and 2016
A question we often get asked is, “Do adults get Invisalign?” The answer is a resounding yes. A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that 39% more adults received orthodontic treatment in 2012 when compared to 1996. This is up even more than adolescents which saw an increase of 32% of the same time period.
While braces are one of the most popular methods used to straighten teeth adults may want to consider Invisalign treatment for a number of reasons. One of the reasons is the different in the human jaw at different stages of life. In a teenager or adolescent the jaw and teeth are still growing therefore it is easier to put teeth in the right place with braces. As an adult, the jaw has matured and will not continue to grow. This means it may be the case that an orthodontist uses different methods to straighten adult teeth.
There are also middle school and high school students seeking out the Invisalign treatment option. With teenagers being very concerned with what their friends think, Invisalign is a great option to help with confidence and overall psychology. Contact us today if you are seeking a way to improve your teeth without metal braces.