Invisalign is the leading provider of invisible orthodontics and still considered the innovator, having straightened more than 9 million smiles since its inception. The system is designed to straighten teeth with discretion over a predetermined period of time. Unlike traditional orthodontic systems, there are no brackets or guidewires. Instead, dentists rely on clear plastic aligners that are smooth and easy to work with. Like traditional braces, Invisalign moves teeth into position across several months or up to two years.
Probably discretion is the biggest reason why Invisalign in Phoenix, AZ is so popular. Patients, many of whom put off treatment, are now able to undergo orthodontics without cumbersome metal and guidewires. From stay-at-home parents to business professionals, Invisalign is simply the go-to orthodontic option for many.
Invisalign Compared with Traditional Braces
Traditional braces have improved smiles since the 1900s and were used widely through World War II. However, in the early days, braces were limited to the upper class because of the price tag. And Invisalign had yet to enter the market. Today braces and Invisalign are more affordable than ever before due to technologies and financing.
Braces use metal and guidewires to straighten teeth. The brackets are attached to teeth, and the dentist makes adjustments every few weeks throughout treatment.
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners customized from direct impressions of teeth. These aligners are changed every few weeks until the patient has completed treatment. Like traditional braces, they align teeth slowly for comfort and ease.
Many patients seeking straight smiles have been thrilled with their results following Invisalign therapy, and they grow accustomed to their aligners rather quickly during treatment. Of course, there is an initial curve where patients are acclimating to their aligners, but after that, Invisalign therapy is fairly simple.
This system allows patients to remove aligners during eating or cleaning their teeth, which is a bonus compared with traditional braces that are bonded to teeth and can only be removed by a Phoenix, AZ dentist.
Patient comfort and results make this a favorite, which is why more dentists are bringing it to their offices. Additionally, because Invisalign aligners are removable, a 2015 study found that “Patients treated with Invisalign have better periodontal health and greater satisfaction” during orthodontic treatment than patients treated with fixed braces.
The Benefits of Invisalign at a Glance
Since the Invisalign is clear plastic, most people will not notice when someone is undergoing treatment. Besides being discreet, Invisalign offers the following benefits:
- Removable aligners mean patients can enjoy their meals and clean their teeth without wires or bracket infringement.
- Aligners are thin and low, making the system far less cumbersome than wires and brackets that can scratch cheeks and weight down the mouth.
- Less time in the dental chair because the aligners can be changed at home on a schedule provided by the dentist.
- Depending upon the patient’s needs—fewer trays and less complex alignment may play a role in lower costs.
The Process for Invisalign in 85018
Dentists provide an initial consultation, which includes examining the teeth and gums to make sure the Invisalign system will provide desired results and that teeth and gums are in shape for this orthodontic treatment. During this consultation, the dentist will also talk about the treatment timeframe, what results will look like, and cost.
If the dentist decides that Invisalign is the right option, they rely on impressions that allow the Invisalign lab to create a 3-D model of the teeth and gums used to create low-profile Invisalign aligners. Patients wear the aligners according to the schedule provided by the dentist. This includes days when it's time to move on to the next aligner in the supply. Completion of aligners marks the end of treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
During treatment, the patient visits the dentist periodically to see if teeth are coming in line on schedule, but the treatment time is typically several months or up to two years, depending on need.
Invisalign may correct:
- Bite alignment issues
- Oddly spaced teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Twisted teeth
Is Invisalign Painful?
With any orthodontic treatment, oral appliance, or prosthetic, there is an adjustment period. However, Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable compared with bulky brackets and wires because they are made of low-profile, smooth plastic. During the adjustment period—a few days—patients can take over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.
Cleaning Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign dentists recommend cleaning aligners gently with mildly warm water and a soft toothbrush. It’s important never to use hot water as it can harm the aligner. In some cases, antibacterial soap is okay, provided it is a small amount and rinsed thoroughly.
Invisible Braces Cost
Invisalign's cost varies based on the situation, including whether patients need pretreatments before therapy—an extraction, for example—and the number of aligners needed to complete the case.
Meet Your Invisalign Dentist in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Milana received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Marquette University in Milwaukee and completed his general dentistry residency. He has also logged many hours in continuing education to help patients achieve their best and healthiest smiles.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the Frank Spear Faculty Club, which recognizes only 1000 leaders in the community of dentistry.
He is happy to provide Invisalign to patients everywhere, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. And ask our team about financing options through a range of programs, including CareCredit.