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If you are considering orthodontic treatment but want to explore options outside of traditional metal braces, you may be asking yourself: "How does Invisalign work?" Invisalign treatment combines state-of-the-art materials and uniquely designed treatment options to help you achieve a straighter smile just as effectively and efficiently as traditional metal braces. Although Invisalign offers a highly advanced design and has helped many patients achieve outstanding results, a large part of its effectiveness depends on your level of commitment and participation. Patients who wear their aligners as instructed, visit their dentist every six weeks, and wear their retainers regularly after treatment can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign for many years to come.

Invisalign's clear trays blend seamlessly within your smile.

Specially Designed Invisalign Aligners

While traditional braces use brackets and wires to gently straighten your smile, Invisalign aligners are made with SmartTrack®, a clear, thermoplastic material that is comfortable yet highly effective. Similar to custom-made teeth whitening trays, SmartTrack aligners are carefully crafted using your own impressions to fit comfortably. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are smooth and can protect your cheeks against cuts and irritation. 

During your treatment, you will transition into a new set of aligners every two weeks. Worn at least 22 hours per day, SmartTrack aligners gently force your teeth into a straighter position according to the plan designed by your dentist. Each tray is slightly adjusted from the previous tray to move your teeth a few millimeters per tray. This design is patented by Invisalign and uses controlled SmartForce® to move your teeth into their desired positions. Rather than moving all of your teeth at once, each aligner moves certain teeth at a time to help you achieve your desired results with less discomfort. In most cases, SmartForce achieves 75 percent more predictable tooth movement for patients. 

Precisely Custom-Fit Trays

Each Invisalign tray is designed based on impressions of your smile. This ensures a comfortable fit within your bite.

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Invisalign aligners are made with SmartTrack®, a clear, thermoplastic material that is comfortable yet highly effective.

A Treatment Plan Unique To Your Needs

Invisalign is a unique orthodontic option because your entire treatment plan will be designed during your initial consultation. This allows your dentist to explain your proposed plan, provide an accurate treatment timeline, and show you your expected results before beginning treatment. By predicting and controlling how your teeth will move each day, your dentist can predict highly accurate results and better help you achieve your desired outcomes. During the course of your treatment, you will see your dentist approximately every six weeks to assess your progress. 

With Invisalign, your treatment plan will also be tailored to address your unique concerns. Although Invisalign can effectively treat most issues including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and bite misalignment, the only way to determine whether Invisalign can work for your condition is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Most adults are able to achieve their desired results within twelve months of starting treatment, and some dentists offer options such as Invisalign Express to further expedite the course of your treatment.

Your Participation Affects How Invisalign Works

Your carefully designed aligners and custom treatment plan will only work well if you are committed to treatment. As aligners must be worn 22 hours per day, you are responsible for fully participating in your treatment. Neglecting to wear your aligners could have serious consequences and completely alter the course of your treatment. If your aligners no longer fit, your dentist may have to create a new treatment plan for you which can be very expensive and time-consuming. In addition, you will be responsible for wearing your Invisalign retainers after treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their pre-treatment condition. 

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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