Dr.Virga is an Preferred provider of Invisalign. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Virga plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you have always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you are straightening your teeth.
The most obvious advantage of the treatment is cosmetic: the aligners are completely transparent, therefore far more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces, which are commonly worn by children and adolescents. In addition, the aligners are more comfortable than braces. Due to the removable nature of the device, food can be consumed without the encumbrance of metallic braces.
Clinically, aligners avoid many of the side effects of traditional fixed appliances,for example the effects on the gums and supporting tissues. Other types of orthodontic treatment can cause demineralization or tooth decay. This occurs in up to 50% of patients because, unlike Invisalign, traditional braces cannot be removed for eating and cleaning. Patients "graduate" to a new set of aligners in their treatment series approximately every two weeks. The aligners give less force per week and less pain than do fixed appliances (traditional metal braces). Traditional Fixed appliances (metal braces) are adjusted approximately every six weeks and apply greater forces.
Invisalign Aligners should be removed to eat, drink, to clean the teeth, or to have them checked by the clinician. Because patients are able to remove the aligners, there are no restrictions on foods that could damage the appliances.
Computerized treatment planning is compulsory as part of the Invisalign protocol. As with other forms of orthodontic treatments that incorporate a computerized plan, this allows Dr. Virga to review the projected smile design with the prospective patient, learn how long the treatment is likely to take, compare different plans, and make a more educated decision about whether or not to use Invisalign.