Ever wanted to get your teeth straightened but were afraid it might hurt or cost too much? Our Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert dental office now offers Invisalign® – the exciting new way to straighten your teeth without braces.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are made of a clear, thin medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
For nearly two decades, Invisalign braces have been transforming orthodontic treatment. At Dental Design Studio, our Invisalign providers have combined decades of experience using the clear aligners to help our patients enjoy straighter, healthier teeth.
Invisalign is a type of clear orthodontic aligner that is worn instead of traditional brackets and wires. Each set of trays is worn about one to two weeks (taking them out only during meals, brushing, and flossing) and then changes out with the next set of aligners. Using mild pressure and computer generated modifications in the trays, your teeth systematically move into a more desirable position.
With this type of orthodontic treatment, patients can enjoy:
Not only are consultations always FREE at Dental Design Studio, but did you know that in addition many dental insurance plans cover some type of orthodontic treatment or braces? Our treatment coordinators will break down the benefits of your policy, so that we can provide you with accurate estimate of your total cost of treatment.
Invisalign can also be financed through CareCredit, so that you can start straightening your smile right away, while making low monthly payments at 0% interest. Apply online or in our office!
Investing in a straighter smile can help you enjoy healthier teeth, reduce your risk of future periodontics or restorative dentistry treatments, and even boost your self-esteem!
While most people correlate getting braces with dental aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry, that’s not the only reason to consider braces/Invisalign. It’s also worth mentioning that there are many conditions that are linked with the misalignment of the teeth.
Choosing to do Invisalign braces as your treatment will depend on a few factors. For one, it’s important that your teeth are generally healthy and free of gum disease. Certain types of bites may be more challenging to address and correct, so it’s important that you see one of our Invisalign dentists to see if you’re a candidate, first.
If you’re considering Invisalign, all that’s necessary is a simple consultation and a set of x-rays. After assessing your teeth and discussing what your goals and concerns are, we can provide you with an estimate as to how long the treatment will take.
After your Free initial consultation, our Gilbert Invisalign providers will need to take a set of impressions of your teeth. These allow Invisalign to create virtual 3D models of your mouth, so that computerized tooth movement can be planned out appropriately.
About two weeks later, you’ll be able to start your treatment. We’ll send a few sets of aligners home with you at a time. Wear each set for two weeks, and then replace it with the next. Be sure to keep your aligners in your mouth for a minimum of 22 hours per day. This gives you more than enough time to remove them for brushing, flossing, or at meals.
Every six to eight weeks or so, our Gilbert Invisalign dentists will see you for a quick checkup to ensure that things are moving along as they should. As long as no modifications need to be made to your plan, we will send the next sets of aligners home with you. After about 6-12 months, most people have completed their Invisalign treatment! In our experience, Invisalign treatments are generally shorter than traditional braces.
Now teens can enjoy the same clear Invisalign braces that their parents do. Invisalign Teen is a modified line of Invisalign orthodontics that includes built-in wear indicators and a limited number of replacement aligners (for those times when one accidentally gets lost at school or summer camp.)
Because so many teens struggle with cleaning around conventional braces, Invisalign Teen treatments make it easier to enjoy healthy, clean teeth throughout the entire process. Plus, the aligners are completely clear, so no one will even know that your child has braces!
Because Dental Design Studio is a family practice with locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria and Gilbert, it’s easier than ever for everyone to get their smiles cared for. We always do our best to book your appointments at a convenient time for you, so you don’t have to miss an entire day of work or school. Being that Invisalign is a straightforward process, you can enjoy short visits throughout your entire treatment experience.
Invisalign is the perfect option for adults of every age. It’s never too late to have a beautiful smile. Contact Dental Design Studio to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION at one of our four Phoenix area practices, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Peoria, and Phoenix to find out if Invisalign is right for you!
Anyone considering braces is potentially a candidate for Invisalign treatment. I find that most patients who undergo Invisalign treatment once had braces as a teenager, but because of lack of retainer wear, have had relapse. Typically they are adults who want straight teeth once and for all, and they want it done in a cosmetic way. Patients free of periodontal disease with mild to moderate crowding or spacing are good candidates for Invisalign.
Invisalign now even has an “Invisalign Teen” program, one designed just for teens. A great advantage to Invisalign treatment over traditional braces is being able to brush and floss your teeth with ease. As a result, fewer cavities and gum problems result from Invisalign treatment than from traditional braces. That means an overall healthier smile! Give us a call to see if Invisalign is best for you.
Invisalign is proven to be a safe and effective way to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are considered a class II medical device by the FDA and were approved in 1998 for dental use. Only doctors who have completed the Invisalign certification course may submit cases to Invisalign for treatment. The Invisalign course is an approved course and applies to the biannual continuing education requirement Arizona doctors have.
The aligners are made of a clear, thin, flexible plastic material. They are custom-made for each patient to fit the shape of his or her individual teeth. The aligners are made to cover the teeth only, and not the gingival tissue. They are similar in shape to a bleaching tray. The aligners do not contain bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA, a chemical found in plastics that has been linked to potential adverse health effects.
The aligners are very thin and clear. They are flexible. They are smooth on the outside and have slight ridges on the inside. The edges of the aligners are scalloped with the gingival tissue and stop on the tooth just shy of the tissue. Invisalign aligners are very cosmetic and really can be worn without most people knowing you are wearing “braces.”
The key to successful Invisalign treatment lies in patient cooperation. The trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day in order to get optimal results. That means patients should be sleeping in their aligners and wearing them throughout the day. Aligners should be removed prior to eating, brushing and flossing. They should also be removed while consuming sugary or acidic beverages. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks then replaced with a new set of aligners.
For years, the only way to effectively straighten teeth was to wear traditional braces with brackets and wires. Metal is of course unsightly. Then ceramic (white) brackets came along, which were more cosmetic but still had unsightly wires. Wearing both of these types of braces meant having brackets bonded to your teeth, which can be uncomfortable and very difficult to clean. The company that makes Invisalign, Align Technology, Inc. was founded in 1997 and aligners were approved for use by the FDA in 1998. Over 1 million people have undergone Invisalign treatment since then and the number grows daily. Invisalign is considered in the dental community to be a proven method for successfully treating orthodontic patients.