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Invisalign Clear Braces Orthodontics

Woman with invisalign tray In recent years, a straighter smile has shown up on the wish list for many dental patients of all ages. Whether you missed out on the thrill of braces as a teen or you’re looking to correct bite alignment that has shifted over the years, the Invisalign alignment tray orthodontic system may be just what you’re looking for. In less time with fewer visits, Invisalign can correct even advanced over, under, or crossbite. Dr. Brad Heim and Dr. John Carroll are both accomplished Invisalign providers, so contact our team to schedule a consultation. We’ll examine your smile and help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for Invisalign orthodontics.

Traditional Braces

Woman with invisalign trayWhen you picture orthodontics, you likely imagine a teen with brackets and wires affixed to their teeth. These traditional smile alignment systems work by using the wires to put pressure on brackets that then gradually shift the teeth into the desired position. This process can take 12 months to two or more years to complete. Once the visible parts of teeth are in their correct alignment, the parts of the teeth not visible, the roots, are still shifting into this new position. This is why patients typically need to use retainers for one or more years following orthodontic treatment. Invisalign works in much the same way, but utilizes plastic trays to create the gentle pressure necessary to shift teeth rather than brackets and wire.

How Invisalign Works

Woman with invisalign tray Like traditional braces, Invisalign works by placing pressure on the surfaces of teeth to create tooth movement. A series of clear, plastic aligners are crafted in an Invisalign lab. Each set of aligners represents the smile one step closer to the desired end result. Patients wear their aligner(s) for about two week. Then, they exchange their current set of alignment trays for the next in the series. They will need to visit our office every six weeks to two months, so we can ensure their smile is shifting according to plan. These appointments are typically brief, and they give us the opportunity to adjust the treatment plan to ensure patients achieve their desired results.

Candidates for Invisalign Orthodontics

Advances in the Invisalign technique have made it possible for more patients than ever to achieve their desired tooth straightening results without the hassle of traditional braces. Some patients who should consider the Invisalign alignment tray orthodontic system include:

  • Busy teens or adults who don’t have time to dedicate to regular orthodontic visits
  • Adults who don’t want to mar their professional image by wearing traditional bracket and wire braces
  • Patients who have allergies or sensitives to metal
  • Patients who tried to complete traditional orthodontic treatment but found the process too painful
  • Patients who want to correct teeth that have shifted out of alignment again after other orthodontic treatments

Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics

Some of the benefits Invisalign patients can expect include the following:

  • Cosmetically flawless smile throughout treatment
  • More comfortable than traditional bracket and wire orthodontics
  • Less appointments and shorter overall treatment time
  • Removable trays mean patients don’t have to change their diet or oral hygiene routines
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