Invisalign® straightens your teeth, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners.
It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth. Invisalign® aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.
orthodontics & sleep
Myofunctional orthodontics is a treatment approach that addresses poor muscular function, improper oral posture & growth, and mouth breathing.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS ORTHODONTICS CAN HELP?
Studies have shown that orthopedic expansion of the upper jaw can aid in restoring proper nasal breathing and eliminating obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in children and adolescents. Early intervention can have much more pronounced changes. Already by age 8, the upper jaw becomes more firmly attached and less adaptable. Critical period to establishing normal jaw development begins well before the permanent dentition has erupted.
It is well established that tooth loss or extractions associated with orthodontic treatment can lead to changes in the oral environment that can increase risks of sleep apnea. Pulling back of front teeth can restrict tongue space and lead to a more retracted resting tongue position and often a reduction of the upper airway. In adolescents, extraction treatment can restrict the normal downward and forward mandibular growth that occurs during puberty.
PROMOTING LOWER JAW GROWTH
A retrusive lower jaw is a risk factor for pediatric and adult sleep apnea. Orthodontic intervention including functional growth modification can promote proper lower jaw growth.
MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY/ MYOFUNCTIONAL APPLIANCES
Often times, just improving the oral environment through expansion and mandible growth is not enough to change improper resting posture and mouth breathing. Many patients need therapy or oral appliances to improve muscle tone and motor skills necessary to sustain these oral changes long term.
DIGITAL SCANNING, NO IMPRESSIONS
Our office uses the most state-of-the-art technology available to help create the smile you want, which is why we use the iTero® digital impression system, by Align Technology.
Our digital impression system replaces the uncomfortable, unpleasant-tasting, messy and sometimes inaccurate traditional putty impressions. No bulky trays or sticky putty needed 🦷!
Using a digital scanner, we will take three-dimensional (3-D) digital images, or impressions, of your teeth and bite. These impressions will help us formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific orthodontic needs and desires. We can also use them to visually show you your treatment options and help us keep you up-to-date on your treatment progress.