St. Louis Invisalign care by Dr. Debra Fink

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Dr. Debra Fink is a recognized leader in providing St. Louis Invisalign care.

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St. Louis Invisalign care by Dr. Debra Fink

  1. 1. Invisalign vs. Braces Which Should you Choose
  2. 2. Problems That Can Be Treated Invisalign • Moderate spacing, alignment and bite problems • Less effective for certain complex cases for which fixed braces should be used BRACES • MOVING TEETH UP AND DOWN • MOVING CERTAIN TYPES OF BACK TEETH • CREATING ROTATIONAL MOVEMENT • UPRIGHTING TEETH
  3. 3. Aesthetics Invisalign • Removable plastic trays • Designed to be undetectable • Popular for those that want discrete treatment BRACES • BRACKETS CEMENTED TO TEETH • OPTIONS SUCH AS LINGUAL AND TOOTH-COLORED BRACES THAT ARE ALSO LARGELY UNNOTICEABLE
  4. 4. Duration of Treatment Invisalign • Similar duration to fixed braces for similar cases • New Accelerated Invisalign option halves total treatment time BRACES • DEPENDS ON SEVERITY AND COMPLEXITY OF PROBLEMS BEING TREATED • NEW OPTIONS FOR REDUCING TREATMENT TIME
  5. 5. Office Visit Frequency Invisalign • Approximately every 6- 12 weeks • Determine treatment progress and provide new set of aligners BRACES • APPROXIMATELY EVERY 6 WEEKS • DETERMINE TREATMENT PROGRESS AND TIGHTEN WIRES
  6. 6. Delays in Treatment Invisalign • Must be worn 20-22 hours a day or may cause delays • Lost aligners may result in delays BRACES • AFFIXED TO TEETH SO CANNOT BE REMOVED • AFFIXED TO TEETH SO CANNOT BE LOST
  7. 7. Cost and Insurance Coverage Invisalign • Cost depends on length of treatment and severity of problems • Cost often similar to fixed braces for similar cases • Covered by many forms of dental insurance that cover fixed braces BRACES • COST DEPENDS ON LENGTH OF TREATMENT AND SEVERITY OF PROBLEMS • MAY BE COVERED BY DENTAL INSURANCE AS A CLASS IV PROCEDURE, SUBJECT TO A NUMBER OF COMMON RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
  8. 8. Comfort Levels Invisalign • Aligners have smooth edges that tend not to irritate mouth • Usually causes mild pain when new aligners are inserted that can be alleviated with over the counter medication BRACES • WIRES AND BRACKETS MAY POKE AT MOUTH, WHICH USUALLY ADJUSTS OVER TIME AND BECOMES LESS OF AN ISSUE • USUALLY CAUSES MILD PAIN WHEN WIRES ARE TIGHTENED THAT CAN BE ALLEVIATED WITH OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION
  9. 9. Eating Restrictions and Oral Hygiene Invisalign • Aligners can and should be removed before eating • Aligners should be cleaned before they are re-inserted into the mouth BRACES • BEST TO AVOID HARD OR STICKY FOODS AS THESE MAY DAMAGE BRACKETS AND WIRES • MUST THOROUGHLY CLEAN BRACKETS AND WIRES AFTER EACH MEAL
  10. 10. Dr. Debra Fink was recently chosen by St. Louis Magazine as one of the "Top Dentists 2014” and she is a recognized leader in St. Louis Invisalign care. She is a practitioner, lecturer, author and researcher in the field of orthodontics and she attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine for both dental and orthodontic training. Before she became an orthodontist, she obtained a master's degree in research biochemistry and participated in different areas of scientific and medical research. She has continued to pursue her interest in this field and she recently initiated and participated in the clinical research about alleviating TMD/TMJ at Washington University School of Medicine.

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