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Invisalign Transformations: What If You Don’t Like It?

You are almost done with your treatment and you do not like where you seem to be ending up.  You are in communication with your Dr. about your concerns. (That is always the first step!  Always talk to your doctor.)  You think your jaw’s shape has been affected, your lower lip is thinner than it used to be and your chin has changed.  She says “Keep going until the end, I am sure you will be happy.” (Or something like that.)  And yet you are still left uncertain about what to do because your overall look is changing and you don’t like it.  Here are a couple of things to look at.

1.  Ask you dentist to look at your Invisalign movement chart, known as the ClinCheck WITH YOU.  This will give you an exact replica of the movement of your teeth.

2.  Look at where you started.  For instance, sometimes with an anterior open bite, teeth are slightly protracted, i.e. slightly pushed out.  This causes them to not touch.  With Invisalign (or any orthodontics) the common technique to close the open bite involves retraction, or pulling back the teeth, often upper and lower arches, so they can touch.

3.  With your dentist, who OK’d the set up for your smile and tooth position, you want to check on the amount of retraction of your upper and lower front teeth as your open bite closes down.

4.  If this is the case, look at the ClinCk from the profile view.  Ask your dentist to apply the grid view.  This will help you see the exact change to your profile. You can then apply this on to your own face.  This will give you the exact nature of the change you are looking at and experiencing.

5.  Your lip thinning can be a natural result of pulling back your lower teeth.  Your double chin, well that is harder to say, but might be indirectly affected by the lack of lip support your teeth now give your lower lip.  Your jaw changing, while the width and dimension of it is technically has not, the rotation and how it fits your upper jaw might be affected and that can create the appearance of your jaw changing.

My experience with over eight years of being an Invisalign provider is that there is a fix.  In that time I have only had one person who stopped treatment because she did not like how the treatment affected her smile, lips and overall look.  My advice is follow the above, take a hard look at your ClinCk, work closely with your doctor and at the end of treatment, if you are not satisfied, then work with your dentist on a refinement (new set of aligners) that gets you what you want.  That should all be done at no charge to you as Invisalign incorporates “end-stage refinements” at no charge to the doctor.  Most dentist I know what their patients to be really satisfied with their smiles and overall oral health.

Why We Love Invisalign!

There are a number of reasons why CED* loves Invisalign clear braces orthodontic treatment over traditional orthodontic care. Here are a few of them:


Value for your money: Treatment to align your teeth is not cheap, so you must make sure you get the best treatment possible for your money. Invisalign aligns your teeth in an effective and efficient manner, often quicker than traditional braces and conveniently with a technique that is healthier for you and your teeth.

Latest Technology: Invisalign aligners are made from bio-compatible plastic using the latest in fabrication technology.  You will avoid the usual metal and wires in your mouth that come with traditional orthodontic techniques.

Comfort: The aligners are first invisible.  No one can see them.   They are also light, easy, and comfortable.   The aligners are plastic appliances which ease your teeth into the perfect form.  There is very little discomfort as you move through the entire process of obtaining a great smile.

12Flexibility of use:  The aligners can be removed any time you want to eat or drink or brush your teeth.  Therefore you do not have to worry about your aligners getting damaged.  With traditional metal braces, there are foods you have to stay away from – with Invisalign there are no limitations.

No Damage to Gum Tissues: The Invisalign aligners use a gentle easing pressure to overcome cross bite situations or crooked teeth. There is no damage to your gums or bone.  With traditional braces this can occur.

Aesthetic Value: The aligners are invisible. No one knows.  This gives you that added advantage of knowing you are doing something good and healthy for yourself while carrying on a normal life style – whether you are an adult or a teenager.

Protection: If you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep the clear aligners protect your teeth from damage.  With metallic braces, often you have to protect the braces themselves from damage. In this case, Invisalign does double duty.

Easily replaced in case of damage:  If your Invisalign clear aligners are damaged, a new aligner can be picked up from your dental office. Easy.  If traditional braces are damaged, you must see your dentist again for a full appointment.

beforeafterInvisalign makes our patients happy:  Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC has been providing clear braces technology since 2009.  We have watched beautiful smiles blossom under Invisalign treatment.  Our patients are thrilled with their new beautiful healthy new smile.  What could be better?

With so many advantages, Invisalign is the obvious choice.  Look for a Preferred Provider. This is someone who has attained a proficiency in Invisalign treatment.  Dr. Lerch and the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC (CED) are such providers.  Call now: 203-624-5256 for your free March consultation

The Cost of Invisalign

Transforming Your Smile

You can remember the days when it seemed like everyone had braces. You would walk down the halls and see every middle-school teen with brackets strapped onto their teeth.

You were never one of those kids however.  You never had braces, but always dreamed of straighter teeth.  That dream has lasted into your adult life.  But now, you cannot imagine having braces—the corporate world is not like the high school hallways.  Braces would not add to a professional image, but you would still like to make your dream smile a reality.

Ther is where Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help.  Dr. Lerch recommends Invisalign for her patients, to help them gain a beautiful smile without the use of traditional braces.  Through this blog, you will gain a little more insight into what the Invisalgn clear aligner system is and what it can do to transform your smile.

Considering Invisalign

The Invisalign system is comprised of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks to shift you teeth further into the correct position.  Dr. Lerch creates a detailed treatment plan that outlines your progress with Invisalign.

Invisalign aligners are clear and fit into your mouth like retainers.  These aligners allow for you to smile without anyone noticing that you are changing your teeth.  With Invisalign, you can also eat, drink, and brush your teeth without any interruptions to your life.  Simply remove the aligners when you eat so you can enjoy your favorite foods.  And when you need to brush your teeth, remove the aligner and brush and floss like normal.  No need to learn new routines or avoid your favorite foods.

Invisalign technology makes it simple to blend into your every day life.  You can feel confident that you are creating a smile that you can be proud of, and confident that your life does not have to be disrupted to achieve the results.

“But what about the cost?” you might be thinking.  “Surely this must be more expensive than traditional braces.”  Invisalign is actually priced at a comparable rate to braces, meaning that you will not have to pay more to straighten your teeth.  You can learn more about the cost of Invisalign with this calculator (http://www.invisalign.com/Cost/Pages/dental-insurance-options.aspx) and by contact Dr. Lerch and her team, who can decipher insurance information and help you understand your financial contribution.

Invisalign can help you change the way that you look at your smile.  If you are ready to make a subtle yet dramatic change to your smile, contact Dr. Lerch and her team.

Find Out More about Invisalign Clear Aligners

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today.  Dr. Lerch will answer all of your questions about Invisalign, help you understand if you are a good candidate, and give you information about insurance coverage and cost.

You deserve to have your dream smile become reality.  With Invisalign, you can achieve ther smile in less time than you thought possible, with less pain, and without anyone realizing that you are making a dramatic change.  Find out more about ther dental technology by contacting Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today!


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