Invisalign at Smile Design Dentistry

Invisalign clear bracesWhen you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal.

There are indeed many orthodontic patient who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.

Are traditional braces cheaper than Invisalign?

While the cost of transforming crooked or crowded teeth into straight teeth is generally comparable, it may depend on a number of factors. Only your dentist or an orthodontist can tell you precisely which treatment is right for your teeth to attain the outcomes that you want.

An initial examination will help to establish the length of time you will wear the braces, geography, complexity of issues, whether you have dental insurance, and how much your insurance will likely cover. If a beautiful smile is important, the cost is well worth helping you will feel more confident about how you look and speak.

What Irritations are Commonly Associated with Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic set of teeth aligners that effectively correct teeth by exerting pressure on certain teeth to move them into a better position. Often individuals who opt for Invisalign over traditional braces report both positive and some negative effects.

While teeth aligners are valued by many folks as better treatment options for various teeth conditions, patients may find the discipline that it requires of them challenging. With continued improvements, Invisalign continues to become more favored and easy to wear.

We hear less often of discomforts when using this form of treatment.

How are Invisalign clear aligners made?

As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised.

Read more about the best Invisaling applications for smile design corrections.

Additional Advantages of the Invisalign System:Before and after Invisalign smile improvements by Dr. Corey Jensen, DDS, MAGD

The following ensure that you get the best results:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
  • A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
  • More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
  • Comfort — The thin, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. While there are many the benefits of Invisalign for most people, there are still some situations for which traditional braces would still be best. This can be discussed in detail with you.

Digital 3D Imaging Improves Invisalign

The staff at Smile Design Dentistry is performing a scan to create digital imaging of the teeth for Invisalign treatment.

3D dental impressions offer forward-thinking abilities when taking your impressions. It’s the new way. This system lets us traverse your tooth surface and gum tissue to accurately capture digital images. It is then used to build a model of your teeth and gums so you can gain that beautiful new smile you are seeking.

How does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic. It involves your proper care and use during Invisalign treatment.

Here's how it works: Specialized computer software is used to design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.

In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fades with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign can only be successful if this is the case.

Are Invisalign aligners 3D printed?

The Invisalign process includes the use of bio-compatible polyurethane resin and using 3D Systems’ Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers. Your dental safety has already been thought of; Invisalign products are approved by the US Food and Drug Agency since 1998. Clear Aligner molds currently are 3D printed via SLA.

Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment

As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You’ll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.

Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You’ll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile. We provide all the instructions needed for proper dental hyigene while wearing your braces.

More Information about Invisalign

Dr. Sandra Kahn, D.D.S., M.S.D. stated in her May 1, 2018, Why Cavemen Needed No Braces article on Stanford Press that “Having braces as a child has become so common in the Western world that it can seem a rite of passage—today, an estimated 50 to 70 percent of U.S. children will wear braces before adulthood.”

She also talks about how near a fifth of the U.S. population has significant malocclusion; over half of these individuals require at least some degree of orthodontic intervention to own health and straight teeth.

The Magic of Orthodontics

Proper alignment of the teeth is basic to “Smile Design.” Their position dictates how they work together and affects the way you look and smile. Only orthodontic treatment can move teeth into the right position. Simply put, when things look right, they probably are right. Learn the basics of smile analysis and design and whether the magic of orthodontics will work for you.

Clear Aligners for Teenagers

Teens who regard traditional braces as restrictive, confining, and obstructive to their lifestyles now have another choice for orthodontic treatment: clear aligners. This advanced dental technology, originally geared toward adults, has recently evolved to treat a greater variety of bite problems in younger people. These improved orthodontic appliances can help teens function normally during a difficult phase of life.

Orthodontics for the Older Adult

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as “too old” for braces. In fact, nowadays about one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult. Yet this figure represents only a small portion of adults who could actually benefit from orthodontic treatment. You have many orthodontic options; we can help you select what is ideal for you and your family.

The cost typically runs $4,000 and up, depending on each person’s unique needs.

Client Testimonial

5 out of 5 stars

November 14, 2017

“My two sons (10 and 8) and I all go to Smile Design. The staff is always on time and very flexible with schedules. Smile Design does a great job w all of our dental needs, from simple cleaning to braces. I would recommend Smile Design all day.” –John Kinsey

Clear Orthodontic Aligners

Orthodontic treatment using clear aligners consists of a series of aligners that you change about every two weeks over a course of treatment lasting six to eighteen months depending on how much movement is needed. Take a quick look at the beautiful results these clients are enjoying; view the following before and after images.

“I am so happy with the ease of use and results of my Invisalign braces. No one even knew I had braces unless I told them and now I can smile with beautiful straight teeth. Thanks to Dr. Jensen, Emily, and Elza for the fabulous care.” – Brian Denn

To schedule an appointment for Invisalign at Smile Design Dentistry, call our Plymouth, MN office at (763) 537-1238!