Invisalign® Specialist

Matthew Milana, DDS, FAGD -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Arcadia Dentistry

Matthew Milana, DDS, FAGD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Phoenix, AZ

If you think that old-school metal braces are the only way to get the smile you’ve always wanted, think again. Invisalign® clear braces are an advanced, state-of-the-art alternative for correcting alignment, straightening teeth, and closing gaps. At Arcadia Dentistry, a leading cosmetic and family dentistry practice in Phoenix, Dr. Matthew Milana offers a full menu of cosmetic services, including Invisalign. If you live in the Phoenix area and want to improve your smile, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system that uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to straighten your teeth over time. The Invisalign system fixes mild to moderate spacing problems and can also help correct small gaps, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

The system’s special aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means that you can take them out when you need to eat or brush your teeth, and no one can readily tell when you’ve got them on.

Invisalign is backed by over two decades of clinical research, more than 700 patents, and the successful results of more than four million patients.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign relies on advanced 3D computer imaging to create a series of custom aligners designed to fit closely against your teeth. During the two-week period that you wear each aligner, it incrementally moves specific teeth until you’re ready for the next one in the series. As you advance from one aligner to the next, the process continues, until you’re done with the final aligner, and the procedure is complete.

Dr. Milana provides a detailed treatment plan that specifies exactly which teeth should be moved at each stage for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll visit the office once every six to eight weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are designed to change the position of your teeth by applying precise, controlled force. Because the technology allows for better control and timing of that force, Invisalign is more efficient and effective than traditional braces.

There are other advantages to choosing the Invisalign system, too:

Aesthetic appeal

Because they’re nearly imperceptible, Invisalign aligners won’t bring unwanted attention. This makes them an attractive alternative to traditional braces, especially for adults.

Better hygiene

Unlike regular braces, which can trap food and make flossing difficult, Invisalign aligners are fully removable, so you can clean your teeth clean normally.


Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces, which can sometimes be painful.

Is there another clear aligner option?

Yes. At Arcadia Dentistry, Dr. Milana also offers the Smart Moves® invisible aligner system. Smart Moves is designed to make smaller adjustments to teeth, including correcting minor crowding or gap issues. This system is ideal for patients who have had braces before, but are experiencing a relapse in alignment.