At Stanley Dentistry, we see many patients who don’t want the aesthetic burden of traditional metal braces but still want a straighter smile. For these patients, we typically recommend Invisalign which is a revolutionary invisible and removable alternative to braces.
We believe that achieving your dream smile shouldn’t be an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation. Stanley Dentistry is here to help you get the smile you want in fewer visits and with more convenience and comfort. Now you can smile during your orthodontic treatments, not just after!
Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear aligners that gradually move your teeth over time. The clear aligners are made of a thin but strong plastic that’s specially crafted to fit over your teeth. Once in place, most patients say they feel as seamless and invisible as they look.
Although most patients say Invisalign is less painful than traditional braces, there is a little pain that comes along with Invisalign. Patients typically experience some discomfort when they first put in a new aligner, but that’s only temporary. We recommend taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen during that first day to alleviate the pain.
To get the best results possible, patients have to wear their Invisalign aligners for 22 hours out of the 24 hour day. Those two extra hours are solely for eating. The most important rule for Invisalign wearers: take out your aligners before you eat anything.
Food can damage and stain the aligners or get stuck between your teeth and the aligner, encouraging tooth decay. Coffee, soda, and tea have a similar effect. The only thing you should be consuming when wearing your Invisalign is water. For everything else, take them out before digging in.
Invisalign Teen was made especially for teenagers. Each aligner comes with a small blue button on the last tooth that is colored with Methyline Blue. The blue color fades with each wear. When it is time to advance to the next aligner, the blue color will be very light indicating that teenager has been wearing the aligners enough to ensure successful treatment.
Patients wear each set of aligners for a period of ten days to two weeks, depending on their unique case. Some patients finish treatment within four months while other, more difficult cases can take up to eighteen months. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss your options and be able to determine the length of your Invisalign treatment.
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Invisalign can work wonders but it can’t fix every dental misalignment problem. Severe overcrowding and large gaps press the bounds of what Invisalign can do. In those cases, your doctor may recommend traditional braces instead.
In many cases, dental insurance benefits for orthodontics cover Invisalign. Come in for a free consultation and we can help you determine your insurance coverage.
We are more than happy to help you fit the cost of your Invisalign into your monthly budget. We offer 0% financing to better serve you.
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call us to schedule your free consultation.