No More Molds! The New Way We Do Invisalign®

Invisalign on monitor

You aren’t alone if you remember having to gag your way through getting dental impressions when you were younger. Many of us recall that strange, suffocating feeling when a dental mold filled with goop was shoved into our mouths. You had to bite down on it, hold very still, and wait for it to harden before being taken out. If it didn’t set right, you had to start over again. It was messy and unpleasant. Fortunately, if you want to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, getting a precision set of aligners without the goop is easier, neater, and more comfortable!

The Goop is Gone

Creating Invisalign® clear aligners to straighten teeth is now a simple procedure that doesn’t require the unpleasant goop used to create a dental mold for clear aligners. The dental molding “goo” used in bulky trays was the only way to get an impression of the teeth, but it was not only messy but also inaccurate. The slightest shift in your bite or movement could make the mold useless. Fortunately, a better way has been found to create a template for Invisalign clear aligners.

The New Way to Create Invisalign®

Precision is crucial when designing and creating a series of clear aligner trays to gently guide your teeth into their proper positions. At Forcioli Family Dentistry, we use a combination of innovative techniques to capture a precise model of your teeth and gums that is used to fabricate your customized aligners.

Instead of taking physical molds of your teeth using putty-like materials, a 3D digital scanner creates a detailed, computerized 3D model of your teeth. This process is more comfortable and eliminates the need for messy impressions. Because it is based on 3D digital images, the final fabrication of your clear aligners is incredibly accurate.

After the digital scan is complete, Dr. Forcioli creates your customized treatment plan and begins fabricating your aligners using specialized software to manipulate the 3D model of your teeth to achieve the desired tooth movements. Dr. Forcioli’s advanced Invisalign training enables him to create a customized, snug fit that is comfortable and effective.

A dental 3D printer creates the aligners based on the digital images. The thermoplastic aligners are made in-house and go through a multiple-point quality assurance check before Dr. Forcioli gives them to the patient. Each series of aligners is packaged in a set with instructions for when and how often to switch one set of aligners for the next.

Today’s Invisalign® clear aligners are highly customized to each patient’s needs and treatment plan. At Forcioli Family Dentistry, this customization is made possible through advanced digital technology, 3D printing, and Dr. Forcioli’s Invisalign training.

If you’ve been putting off getting Invisalign because you can’t stand the goop, now is your time! A simple digital scan and 3D imaging are the one-two punches that deliver beautiful, teeth-straightening results without gagging on goop. Call our office at Lombard IL Cosmetic Dentistry Office Phone Number 630-627-1495 to schedule a consultation and learn more about Invisalign®.