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By Gilbert Dental Care
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Improving your smile can be easier than you've ever imagined. Since 1997, millions of adults and teens have used patented Invisalign clear aligners to improve the health, alignment and appearance of their smiles. Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia recommend Invisalign to correct a variety of orthodontic problems. Why not learn more?

Solving smile issues

A well-aligned smile is important. It affects self-confidence and also how people think about you. However, beyond aesthetics, smile alignment impacts oral health, avoiding decay, gum disease, jaw joint dysfunction and more. Children, teens and adults with crooked teeth need orthodontic correction, but the older you are, the less likely you are to wear metal or ceramic braces.

Thankfully, the discreet Invisalign system facilitates orthodontia without the obvious appearance, dietary restrictions and hygiene complexities of traditional braces. Made from thin, clear SmartTrack acrylic, Invisalign aligners are removable and almost invisible. Treatment times are approximately one year.

Treatment with Invisalign

At Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, your Invisalign consultation begins with a comprehensive examination, oral impressions and a special three-dimensional scan. If Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Gilbert or Dr. Velez actually will image how your smile will change through the course of your treatment.

Care plans include:

  • Wearing 18 to 30 aligner pair in sequence, changing them every two weeks or so
  • Monthly progress checks at Gilbert Dental Care
  • Easy brushing and flossing at home (just remove your aligners, rinse them, and brush and floss as usual)
  • No dietary rules (just enjoy your healthy favorites, and replace your aligners when you're finished)
  • Using a removable or bonded on retainer when you complete treatment to keep your teeth aligned over the long term

You deserve a healthy, attractive smile

About 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults just like you, says the American Association of Orthodontists. So, why not look into Invisalign clear aligners from Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia? Dr. Velez or Dr. Gilbert will explain the process and tell you if you are a good candidate. Contact the office to arrange a consultation: (215) 972-0406.

By Gilbert Dental Care
January 25, 2019
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign provides a more subtle straightening option than metal braces, but an improved appearance isn't the only benefit. Innovative Invisalign treatment, offered by your Philadelphia, PA, dentists, Drs. Steven Gilbert and Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care, offers several important benefits.

Improvement of Bite Problems and Cosmetic Issues

Not so long ago, metal or ceramic braces were the only choices if you needed to correct a bite problem or didn't like the look of your crooked teeth. Although the braces were and are effective, they tend to draw unwanted attention to your smile.

The Invisalign system uses removable aligner trays worn over your upper and lower teeth. The trays are constructed of transparent plastic, making them practically invisible. The system is just as effective in correcting mild-to-moderate bite problems and most cosmetic issues as traditional braces. If your problem is complicated or severe, metal braces may be a better option.

Invisalign Offers Comfort and Convenience

Traditional braces can be a little uncomfortable at times. Loose wires poke your cheeks and gums, creating painful sores in your mouth. Adjustments needed to change the tension of brace wires may be necessary, but they're also a little uncomfortable.

"Adjustment" isn't a word you'll ever hear if you wear Invisalign aligner trays. The plastic trays exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth and are replaced with new trays every two weeks. Every tray in the series is designed to accomplish a specific goal and is custom-created to address your orthodontic issue using Invisalign's CAD/CAM design process.

Oral hygiene becomes a time-consuming task when you wear metal or ceramic braces. Luckily, your usual oral hygiene routine doesn't change at all with Invisalign. Before you brush or floss, you'll remove the trays, then rinse and replace them when you're finished.

You also won't have to worry about food restrictions with Invisalign. In fact, you can continue to eat anything you want when you visit your favorite Philadelphia restaurant. Before the meal begins, you'll take out your aligners and put them in their case. Although you can drink water with the aligners in place, it's best to take them out if you plan to drink other beverages, as staining can be an issue.

Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you? Call your Philadelphia, PA, dentists, Drs. Steven Gilbert and Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care at (215) 972-0406 to schedule an appointment.

By Gilbert Dental Care
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

Would you rather live with misaligned teeth than wear metal braces? In the past, metal and ceramic braces were the only choices if you invisalignweren't happy with your smile. Although the braces got the job done, they weren't necessarily the most comfortable or attractive option. Today, many people who swore they'd never wear traditional braces are happily straightening their teeth with clear Invisalign aligners. Center City Philadelphia, PA, dentist Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care are your dentists for Invisalign treatment.

What is Invisalign?

"Wires," "brackets" and "adjustments" are three words you'll never hear when you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays that resemble nightguards or sports mouthguards. The aligners place constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, which slowly improves their position. You'll receive an entire series of aligners at the beginning of your treatment and begin wearing a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks.

Invisalign aligner trays should be worn about 22 hours per day and must be removed when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. You can even leave the trays at home occasionally if you're planning to attend a special event or have a big game.

Invisalign is an excellent choice for both adults and children

Whether you're a teenager or your teenage years are long behind you, you can benefit from Invisalign treatment. It offers an effective way to correct crowding and spacing issues, mild to moderate bite problems and shifting that can occur with age. If you begin treatment as an adult, you may only need to wear Invisalign aligner trays for about a year. Teenagers generally follow the same schedule no matter what type of orthodontic treatment they choose.

Although no adjustments are required with Invisalign, you'll need to visit our Center City office occasionally for follow-up visits. For your convenience, we offer both before- and after-work appointments. We open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and are available until 6 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Center City Philadelphia, PA, dentist Drs. Steve Gilbert and Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care at (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment.

By Gilbert Dental Care
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

What your dentists in Center City Philadelphia want you to knowinvisalign

You’ve probably heard a lot about Invisalign, the revolutionary, virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. You’re wondering if Invisalign will work for you too. The truth is Invisalign is a great choice for just about everyone, whether you are a teenager or an adult. Your dentists at Gilbert Dental Care in Center City Philadelphia, PA want to share the facts about how Invisalign can help your smile.

Invisalign is fast becoming the most popular way to straighten teeth. There are many good reasons for its popularity. When you compare Invisalign to conventional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is:

  • More comfortable because there are no sharp wires or brackets to injure your lips and cheeks
  • More cosmetically beautiful because Invisalign appliances are smooth, clear plastic and are virtually invisible to wear
  • More user-friendly because you can remove them to brush and floss your teeth normally
  • More convenient because you can remove them to eat the foods you love without getting food caught in your braces

Invisalign can also correct many of the same alignment and positioning issues as conventional braces, including:

  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite
  • Overlapped and crowded teeth
  • Gapped and unevenly spaced teeth

When you choose Invisalign you will be given your first set of appliances called aligners. You wear these for two weeks and then move on to another set which you wear for another two weeks. You continue to move to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into correct position. The entire Invisalign process takes between 9 and 15 months.

Imagine having a straight smile in just a few months, compared to years with conventional brackets and wires. Chances are no one will even notice you are straightening your teeth because Invisalign is clear and discreet. You deserve to discover the magic of Invisalign virtually invisible orthodontic treatment for yourself. Call your dentists at Gilbert Dental Care in Center City Philadelphia, PA today to learn more about Invisalign!

By Gilbert Dental Care
February 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign  

From playing rough contact sports to avoiding awkward or embarrassing social situations, there are many reasons for people to avoid or invisalignput off getting traditional metal braces. However, you can straighten your teeth discreetly using Invisalign’s system of clear aligner trays from your Philadelphia, PA dentists at Gilbert Dental Care.

What is Invisalign? 
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign uses pressure placed onto the teeth to move them into their desired positions. Invisalign patients wear a series of comfortable, clear aligner trays in succession until treatment ends. The trays are switched for the next in the series every two weeks to slowly move the teeth. Small tooth-colored bumps called attachments affix to the teeth to pinpoint the tray’s pressure points and allow some teeth to move more or less than others.

What can Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign treats many common orthodontic problems, such as:

  • crooked or misaligned teeth
  • overlapping teeth
  • overcrowding and undercrowding
  • gaps
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

Invisalign is recommended for teenagers and adults. While Invisalign is suitable for most orthodontic cases, extremely crowded teeth or severe bite problems may need more aggressive treatment.

The Invisalign treatment
To begin treatment, your Philadephia dentist takes 3D molds of your mouth and sends it to Invisalign’s dental laboratory. There, a lab technician creates a video which shows the exact route that the teeth take on the way to their final positions. Once the video is approved by your dentist and you, work begins on designing and customizing your aligner trays. The lab sends your trays to your dentist, and your treatment begins.

Your Philadelphia dentist recommends you wear your aligner trays at least 22 hours a day. The extra two hours accommodate for time spent eating or brushing your teeth. You may remove the trays for these activities or special occasions like prom or a speaking engagement. However, your results depend directly on your commitment to wearing your aligners. Be sure to always remember to put your trays back on.

For more information about Invisalign in the Philadelphia, PA area, please contact Dr. Steve Gilbert & Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental Care. Call (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment today!