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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Braces aren't the only way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign completely eliminates metal wires and brackets, making it possible to change invisalignyour smile without calling attention to yourself. Pittsburgh, PA, dentist, Dr. John Sartorio explains how the Invisalign process works.

A straighter smile with absolutely no wires

Moving teeth with steady pressure is the foundation of every orthodontic system. The pressure can come from metal or ceramic braces or the removable aligner trays that the Invisalign system uses. If you opt for Invisalign rather than traditional braces, we'll take digital impressions, photographs and X-rays of your teeth in our Pittsburgh office, then combine them to create a computerized 3D representation of your mouth. The 3D image is used to devise a straightening plan that will completely transform your smile. A few weeks after your photo and X-ray session, you'll receive the series of trays that you'll wear throughout your treatment. Each set of trays in the series is usually worn for two weeks.

Invisalign offers more than just cosmetic benefits

Because your aligner trays are clear, most people won't be able to tell that you're undergoing orthodontic treatment. Many people choose Invisalign because it offers a more discreet option, but the system also offers other important advantages, including:

  • Convenience: You can remove your trays when needed, unlike metal or ceramic braces that must remain attached to your teeth until your treatment ends. Want to look your best for your wedding or prom? Simply take out the trays before the big event and reinsert them when it's over. The trays can also be removed when you play sports. Although you can take out the trays occasionally, it's important to wear them for at least 20 hours most days.
  • Comfort: There are no wires to cut your mouth or painful adjustments when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign aligner trays are constructed of clear, comfortable plastic designed to prevent irritation.
  • Easy Care: Aligner trays are removed when you brush and floss your teeth, making it simple to continue your usual hygiene routine. Since you'll take out the trays when you eat, you won't have to worry that food will become trapped in them.

Ready to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you? Call Pittsburgh, PA, dentist, Dr. Sartorio at (412) 831-8700 to schedule an appointment.

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
August 11, 2016
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Learn more about caring for your Invisalign trays from your Pittsburgh dentist.

Do you have questions about caring for your Invisalign trays? Dr. John Sartorio, who practices cosmetic dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA, invisalignexplains why it's important to clean your trays daily.

What happens if I don't clean my trays?

Your aligner trays will soon look and smell awful if you don't spend a few minutes cleaning them every day. Smelly bacteria will begin to grow on your uncleaned trays, thanks to the the combination of plaque and dried saliva. If plaque begins to build up on your trays, they'll look cloudy and ruin the appearance of your clear braces.

How should I clean my Invisalign trays?

Keep your trays clean by rinsing them when you remove them from your mouth and just before you reinsert them again. Place your trays in your case when you remove them to eat. If you don't keep them covered, they may be exposed to bacteria and other germs.

Use anti-bacterial soap and a toothbrush to clean your trays every day. Brush trays thoroughly, and make sure you clean grooves and other recessed areas that can trap plaque and bacteria. Choose a clear type of soap, as colored soap can stain your trays. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help keep your Invisalign trays in good shape.

Although it might seem like a good idea to use toothpaste on your trays, many types of toothpaste are abrasive and can scratch or damage your trays. Cleaning them with anti-bacterial soap is a much better idea. After cleaning, rinse your aligner trays thoroughly before placing them in your mouth. Be sure to use cool water to rinse your trays because hot water can warp them.

If you notice a coating of plaque on your aligner trays, use Invisalign-brand magic crystals or denture cleaner to remove the coating. After the trays soak for the recommended time, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove the loosened plaque.

Invisalign is an excellent cosmetic dentistry option that allows you to improve your smile without the wires and brackets required for traditional braces. If you're interested in straightening your teeth with this clear brace option, call Dr. Sartorio, your Pittsburgh, PA dentist, at (412) 831-8700. Transform your smile with Invisalign!


Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”