Invisalign® aligners are a popular alternative to braces, and a great way to get a more beautiful smile. To date, more than 8 million people have had Invisalign treatment, including about 1.4 million teens and about 6.6 million adults. One of the biggest reasons why so many people are choosing Phoenix Invisalign over braces: the clear design. Invisalign’s removable aligners are crystal-clear, which means they’re pretty much invisible while they’re in your mouth (hence their nickname, “invisible braces.”) But while invisibility might be the most well-known benefit of the Invisalign system, it’s certainly not the only one. At our Phoenix, AZ, office, we offer state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment for teens and adults, so every patient can enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth without having braces.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign’s invisible braces work in the same basic way as traditional braces: The clear aligners help move your teeth into new positions over time, using continual, gradual pressure. But the way they move your teeth is a lot different.
Invisalign aligners are made from a patented material called SmartTrackTM, which was developed specifically for Invisalign. In fact, only Invisalign clear aligners use SmartTrack material. The SmartTrack material is designed to maintain continual pressure that helps reduce treatment time. Plus, the smooth design makes the aligners easy to take off and put on. During treatment with Phoenix Invisalign, patients wear a series of aligner sets — sometimes as few as a dozen, other times as many as 50. Each set of aligners has slight differences in shape. It’s these differences that help keep your teeth moving in the right directions.
What to expect during Phoenix Invisalign treatment?
Before you begin Phoenix Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will take a series of very precise measurements of your teeth. Those measurements are sent to a lab where your aligners will be made just for you. At the lab, the measurements are entered into a computer that uses computer-aided design technology to create three-dimensional models of your teeth. The models show how your teeth need to move during your treatment in order to achieve optimal alignment. Each model serves as the basis for one set of your aligners. Once the computer models are created and refined, your aligners will be made using the SmartTrack material.
Once your aligners are ready, you’ll wear each set for about two weeks, then exchange that set for the next set in the series. Every aligner will be custom-shaped to fit your teeth, and by wearing them in a specific sequence, you can move your teeth into their proper places during your treatment. You’ll come in to see us about once every six weeks for a check-up. We can also make any adjustments that might be needed. Most patients complete their treatment in two years or less, but your treatment might take a little more time or a little less time, depending on your needs.
What are the benefits of Phoenix Invisalign?
Most people choose Phoenix Invisalign for its clear design, but there’s lots more to love:
- Invisalign aligners are completely smooth, so they’re really comfortable to wear. Unlike braces, there are no wires or brackets to cause sore spots. And they’re also really easy to take on and off.
- You can eat whatever foods you like. With braces, you need to avoid foods that are hard, crunchy or sticky. But with Invisalign, you take your aligners out for meals and snacks, so you can eat whatever foods you like.
- You remove your aligners for brushing and flossing, too, so you can continue to care for your teeth like you always have.
- Treatment with Invisalign typically takes less time than treatment with traditional braces. That’s because SmartTrack exerts gentle pressure continuously ro keep teeth moving, while braces rely on a series of monthly adjustments to move your teeth.
- You won’t need to visit our office as often as you would with braces, making Invisalign a more convenient option. Plus, there are no uncomfortable adjustments or wire “tightenings” to deal with.
Is it hard to take care of the aligners?
No, you can keep your aligners fresh and clean by brushing them at the same time you brush you teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and regular toothpaste and brush gently. Don’t use whitening toothpastes, since the abrasives they contain may scratch the aligners, making them more visible while you’re wearing them. Always remember to take your aligners out for meals and snacks, since chewing with the aligners in your mouth can cause them to bend or get damaged. And before putting your aligners back in, rinse your mouth well to remove food particles that could get trapped between the aligners and your teeth. When you have your aligners out for meals, keep them in their case for added protection.
Are Invisalign clear aligners better than mail-order aligners?
Absolutely. When you have orthodontic treatment, you only see the top parts of your teeth as they change position. But those movements are happening all the way down to your tooth roots. And as the roots move, your jaw bone is continually being remodeled to make room for those movements, and to secure your teeth when they reach their new, aligned positions. Because these changes occur under your gums where they can’t be seen, most people don’t realize how complex orthodontic treatment really is. With mail-order aligners from teledentistry companies, you’re pretty much “on your own” when it comes to your treatment. You don’t get the benefit that comes from regular check-ups with a skilled Phoenix orthodontist. That means if there’s a problem, you won’t have an orthodontist on hand to diagnose it — and fix it. The results of orthodontic treatment last a lifetime; if you don’t invest in top-quality care from a skilled orthodontist, you could wind up with major problems later on.
Top-ranked Invisalign provider in Phoenix, Arizona
Invisalign has changed a lot since it was first introduced in 1997. At Dunn Orthodontics, we offer Arizona patients the most advanced options for Invisalign treatment, helping every patient get the customized care they need for beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. To learn more about Invisalign and how it can help you get the smile you want, give us a call and schedule an office visit today.