All About Invisalign

13 Aug 2018 Braces

Invisalign can be a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional wire braces. If you’re wondering what it’s like to have Invisalign, here’s an overview of the treatment process from the first consultation to the final appointment.

 

Making Your Invisalign Treatment Plan

During your first visit, and in the first few appointments, your orthodontist will create a treatment plan for you. Typically, the process involves the following steps:

  • Scanning your smile to create a 3D image of your mouth
  • Mapping the movements in your teeth that are going to be created by the Invisalign aligners
  • Showing you how your smile is going to look at the end of treatment

Once those steps have been completed, the orthodontist orders your aligners. They are created with a state-of-the-art printing process.

 

Creating Your Invisalign Aligners

To determine the most optimal shape for your aligners, your orthodontist starts with 3D images of your teeth. Then, as explained above, the aligner is crafted by a 3D printer out of SmartTrack, a material which was created specifically for Invisalign. Once it’s been printed, the aligner is individually hand trimmed so that it fits snuggly and comfortably against your gum line. Finally, it undergoes a quality check to ensure perfection.

 

Getting Your Aligners

When your aligners are ready, you return to the orthodontist, and you get to try them on. During this appointment, your orthodontist will ensure that the aligners fit well, and they will answer your questions and let you know what to expect throughout the treatment process.

 

Living With Invisalign

When you finally have your aligners, you’ll love how they fit into your life. Invisalign aligners can be removed, and you should remove them when you’re eating or drinking something sugary as well as when you’re brushing. Beyond that, you can also remove the aligners for special occasions and to see the progress of your smile.

For best results, you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day, and you can use the blue compliance indicator to make sure you’re wearing your aligner enough. Parents can also use the indicator to check on how often their teens are wearing their aligners. Because you can take out the aligners, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Eating your favorite foods without worrying about them sticking to your braces
  • Being in sports without worrying about scrapes or scratches from your wires or brackets
  • Brushing and flossing as usual without having to work around brackets
  • Avoiding emergencies such as broken brackets
  • Enjoying the discreet look of nearly invisible aligners

Typically, you wear each aligner for a week or two, but when you visit the orthodontist, they give you multiple sets of aligners so you only have to visit the orthodontic office every six to eight weeks. Cleaning the aligners is easy. Just rinse them off and gently brush them.

 

If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners, contact us today. At Braces Braces, we offer Invisalign as well as a variety of other orthodontic treatments.

What It’s Like Visiting a Braces Braces Orthodontic Office

8 Aug 2018 Braces

At Braces Braces, our highly-trained team of orthodontists goes beyond simply providing basic orthodontic treatment. At our orthodontic offices, we are able to handle a variety of difficult and unique orthodontic cases. Our specialized care includes a range of orthodontic treatments, so you can rest assured that your family’s orthodontic and oral health needs will be well met.

 

Who We Treat

Children, teens, and adults… the whole family gets treated at our orthodontic office. Teeth can be straightened at any age and we offer a selection of orthodontic choices including traditional metal braces. In addition, we offer several financial options, making orthodontic care as affordable as possible. In fact, our multi-family member discounts means the whole family can have straight teeth without breaking the budget.

 

Advantages of Full-Family Dentistry

Working with an orthodontic office that can treat the whole family means we can book your kids appointments together, saving you time. In fact, if you need your teeth straightened too, you can also come to our practice. Just seeing a parent getting the same treatment is often reassuring to children.

 

Traditional Metal Braces at Our Orthodontic Office

The metal braces we offer are made of smaller, sleeker brackets that adhere to teeth and are connected by heat-activated archwires developed by NASA. The heat from your own mouth gently straightens the archwire back to its original form, which means you’ll experience less discomfort and won’t have to visit us as often!

There are also several fun options for kids to decorate and customize their new metal braces. Brightly colored rubber bands allow them to express themselves through a variety of fun, popular colors.

 

Invisalign at Braces Braces

Invisalign braces are a clear, nearly invisible orthodontic solution that uses aligners, rather than brackets and wires to gently straighten teeth over time. These aligners are changed about every six weeks to ensure your teeth are straightened perfectly. This is a delightful option for our patients who don’t require serious or complex orthodontic treatment.

You will be happy to note, Invisalign braces are safer, too. Metal braces can scratch and cut the inside of the mouth, especially during rough contact sports. Invisalign braces are made from a softer material that doesn’t injure the mouth and that resists damage if you do endure a mouth injury.

Additionally, Invisalign braces are removable, so can be taken out when eating or drinking. It’s recommended they be worn for at least 20 hours per day. In fact, they come with a ‘magic dot’ called the Blue Compliance Dot, which changes color when it’s worn. At our orthodontic office, we find that this dot gives parents the reassurance that the braces are actually being worn, while also providing children a tool to track their progress.

 

Clear Braces

At our orthodontic office, we believe in choice, and when you visit our clinic, you’ll love all the options we have available. In addition to traditional braces and Invisalign, Braces Braces also offers clear braces which are similar to metal braces, but they are ceramic and consist of tooth-colored brackets and wires with white rubber bands. This makes for much less noticeable braces. While ceramic braces cost a bit more than typical metal braces, they are nearly invisible, and they move teeth faster than Invisalign, making them a great choice for many patients.

 

At Braces Braces, we offer a first meeting or initial consultation that takes about thirty minutes. At our orthodontic office, that appointment includes a free examination, a discussion of treatment plans that fit your needs, and a look at affordable orthodontic financial options. Keep in mind, there is a flat fee for this consultation, so regardless of how long it takes, you can relax because you’re covered. Our aim is to keep you smiling! Contact us today to set up an appointment.