Dr. Rekha Reddy is a certified Platinum Provider with Invisalign invisible braces. She trained with Dr. Ryan Molis, the #1 Invisalign provider in the country, and is a member of the Molis Coaching adjunct faculty. She also has a membership with the American Academy of Clear Aligners and is an Align Technology faculty member and key opinion leader.
Invisalign offers a modern and aesthetic solution to traditional metal braces. Instead of having your orthodontist cement metal brackets on your teeth, Dr. Reddy makes a series of invisible braces to align your teeth over a period of time, usually six months to a year. First, you must have a full oral evaluation, complete with x-rays. If your teeth and roots are in good health, a mold will be made of your mouth. That mold is made using an optical scan of your teeth, avoiding the messy impression material used in making traditional molds.
With a virtual model of your teeth, individual tooth movements are planned using a sophisticated computer program. The computer then engineers the movements needed to straighten your teeth and manufactures a series of clear aligners you will wear to accomplish that.
Dr. Reddy will send you home with two or three sets of aligners to get started. At first, your aligners may cause some pressure, but that is because they are designed to shift your teeth to a new position. After about two weeks of wear, you will switch out the old set for a new set of aligners. Dr. Reddy will see you about every six to twelve weeks to monitor your progress and make any needed adjustments.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign invisible braces boast a high patient satisfaction rate for the following reasons:
- Invisalign is virtually invisible, whether it is seen from a distance or close up. You do not look like you are wearing braces at all.
- Invisalign aligners are removable, so you don’t need to worry about food getting trapped in them, nor do you need to stop eating any sticky foods.
- Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Since they are made from plastic, there are no wires to hurt or jab the inside of your mouth.
- Invisalign can straighten your smile in about half the time of traditional braces. Since the aligners are made with computer technology, the movements are very efficient, and a full course can be completed in about 1 year (as opposed to 2-3 years for traditional braces).
Disadvantages of Invisalign
Despite its many advantages, there are a few disadvantages we want you to be aware of before beginning treatment: