If you have ever wanted to straighten your smile without metal braces, Invisalign® might be just what you need. Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to straighten your teeth without worrying about the appearance and potential hassles of traditional metal braces.
The Invisalign® system works through a series of custom-made aligners. Because the Invisalign® aligners are made of smooth, transparent plastic, they are both comfortable and discreet. In fact, the aligners are nearly invisible!
This makes Invisalign® a wonderful option for any of our patients who would like to maintain a natural, aesthetic appearance during orthodontic treatment, such as adults interested in maintaining their professional appearance.
Invisalign® is effective for correcting many of the same orthodontic issues treated with traditional braces. Dr. Lee and Dr. Proctor may suggest Invisalign® for correcting gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth, as well as an overbite, crossbite, underbite, and open bite.
To learn more about this revolutionary alternative to traditional braces, call our Chandler, AZ, dental office today at (480) 732-7874 and schedule a consultation with one of the doctors.
Who is Invisalign® for?
The advent of Invisalign® treatment means that adults finally have an attractive option for the orthodontic work they need done. Drs. Lee and Kohler treat many adults with Invisalign®, including some who wore traditional braces as teens.
Invisalign® aligners work to repair many maladies, such as overbites, underbites, and crooked or rotated teeth. The aligners provide a solution for patients who have wide spaces between their teeth, even if other teeth have shifted and moved into those spaces.
Adults who suffer from malocclusion have found that Invisalign® works wonders for their smiles. Malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t fit well together, resulting in speech problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorder, and frequent biting of the cheeks and tongue.
Invisalign® does not only benefit adult patients, though. In fact, the makers of Invisalign® developed a treatment program specifically for teenagers. Called Invisalign Teen®, the program offers all the benefits of the adult plan, with a few unique additions that help keep your child on track with his treatment plan.
The aligners that come with the Invisalign Teen® program have blue dots on them that fade as your child wears the aligner. If the blue dot remains when your teen finishes with that aligner, you will know he has not stayed compliant with his treatment plan.
The makers of Invisalign Teen® realize that teenagers have very busy lives and can easily forget things, so they have included six bonus aligners with the program for free. So if Jeffrey accidentally throws his aligner away in the cafeteria at lunch, or Heather loses hers at softball practice, you can call our office and we will order a replacement free of charge.
The Invisalign® Treatment Process
As with any dental procedure, the Invisalign® process starts with a consultation with one of our doctors. The doctor will take the time to discuss the Invisalign® process with you, answer any questions you have about the treatment, and find out what expectations you have for the treatment. When you both agree that Invisalign® offers the best solution for straightening your teeth, the doctor will schedule a second appointment for you.
At your second appointment, the excitement will really begin. The doctor will take digital images of your mouth, then feed them into the Invisalign® software. The software will process the images, using them to create a custom treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
This treatment plan will outline how many sets of retainers you will need to wear, and how long your total treatment will last. For most patients, total treatment time lasts from 12 to 18 months, but treatment time varies from case to case. The doctor will forward your treatment plan to an offsite Invisalign® lab, where certified technicians will use it to create your aligners.
When your aligners arrive in our office a few weeks later, you will return for a third visit. At this visit, the doctor will give you your first few sets of aligners, along with instructions for how to use them and care for them.
Over the course of the treatment, you will wear 20 to 30 sets of aligners. You will wear each set for two weeks, keeping them in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours a day to remain in compliance with your treatment plan. You should only remove the aligners for eating and cleaning your teeth.
The effectiveness of your treatment plan will depend heavily upon your following these parameters. If you fail to wear the aligners for the required 20 to 22 hours each day, the doctor may need to extend the length of your treatment.
You will receive your first three sets of aligners to start with, and return to our office for another visit in six weeks. At that visit, the doctor will perform a quick checkup and you will receive your next few sets of aligners.
You will return every six weeks for these checkup visits, and to receive your next sets of aligners. When you have successfully completed your course of treatment, the doctor will provide you with a retainer to wear. This retainer will help keep your teeth in their new places, so your beautiful new smile will last.
Contact Us Today
We welcome you to call us at (480) 732-7874, or visit our Chandler, AZ, dental office today to learn more about the advantages of Invisalign® and to schedule your orthodontic consultation with one of our friendly dentists. We look forward to meeting with you soon!