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Providing Better Smiles With Invisalign

The invisible way to improve your smile!

Invisalign is the clear and comfortable alternative to metal braces for adults and teens. Some people even call them invisible braces or clear braces! It’s an effective way to bring overcrowded smiles into proper alignment.

If you’re considering a teeth-straightening treatment for yourself or your teen, please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415 to schedule your Invisalign consultation. Our dentist, Dr. Jennifer Silver can assess your condition and help you determine if Invisalign is the best solution for your unique needs.

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Unlike metal braces that are affixed on the surface of your teeth, Invisalign braces are a series of transparent trays that you’ll wear on the teeth.

The Invisalign process is completely customized from start to finish for every single patient who walks through our doors.

X-Rays & Imaging

Prior to beginning your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Silver will take X-rays, images, and impressions of your teeth. This information will be used to create a 3-D image of your mouth.

Create Your Personal Treatment Plan

Your personal treatment plan will be mapped out based on physical and digital images and impressions of your teeth. It will include the movements of your teeth necessary to achieve a beautifully aligned smile. Invisalign will then employ this data to create your series of custom-made aligners.

At Home Alignment

You’ll then receive your custom aligners when they’re done being made. You’ll receive more than one series of aligners, each series has minor alterations that are designed to progressively shift your teeth into the desired position over time. You’ll swap out the aligners on your own at home approximately once every two weeks, according to your individual treatment program. This process typically takes about 12 – 18 months, though treatment time varies.

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Benefits Of Invisalign

There are many benefits to Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces, these include:

Boost Your Confidence

Crooked, misaligned teeth not only take a toll on your confidence, but it’s been found that the appearance of your smile can impact self-esteem as well. As an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign offers a great solution to correct your teeth without the discomfort of metal brackets and wires.

More Comfortable

The aligners used in Invisalign treatment are made of smooth, dental-grade plastic. Each aligner is custom made to fit over your teeth, and there is no metal to irritate your cheeks, gums, and lips.

Likewise, because Invisalign aligners are single pieces that are changed every two weeks to progressively bring your smile into alignment, there are no painful tightening or adjustments necessary as there are with metal braces.

You Can Eat What You Want

Metal braces are accompanied by a long list of foods to avoid. With Invisalign, you can continue to eat as you normally would because Invisalign aligners are removable, there are no metal wires and brackets to trap food particles. This allows you to maintain proper dental hygiene between meals and keeps your aligners clean.

Easier To Clean

Traditional braces can capture bits of food and lead to increased plaque buildup, tooth discolouration, and other dental problems. The brackets and wires of traditional metal braces can also snare toothbrush bristles and dental floss, making it a chore to maintain good oral hygiene.

Invisalign makes it easy to keep both your teeth and your dental work clean. When you’re ready to brush your teeth, simply pop out your aligners and brush, floss, and rinse as normal, and slip the aligners back in place. The aligners are also easy to clean by brushing and rinsing in lukewarm water.

Less Dental Appointments Needed

Metal braces require frequent office visits for adjustments, typically every three or four weeks. With Invisalign, no tightening is necessary and your follow-up visits are limited to approximately every six weeks. These check-ups will be brief and are geared toward monitoring your progress

No Emergency Appointments Needed

With traditional metal braces, any brackets or elastics that break need to be fixed right away, resulting in annoying emergency trips to the dentist. Invisalign doesn’t have any breakable parts to worry about.

What can Invisalign fix?

Whether you're looking to fix minor alignment issues to solving a bad overbite, Invisalign can help anyone looking to perfect their smile. Here are more bite conditions that Invisalign can help with:
  • Overbite: When the upper front teeth are positioned to overlap the lower teeth, it means that you have a deep bite. This problem can contribute to jaw pain and teeth that wear down over time. A deep bite or overbite can be fixed by repositioning the teeth with Invisalign
  • Underbite: An underbite is the opposite of an overbite: the lower front teeth sit in front of the upper teeth, usually because the lower jaw is positioned too far forward
  • Crossbite: Sometimes, a few of the upper teeth are positioned to sit inside the lower teeth. Typically, this problem only affects a few of the teeth, not the entire jaw. It can lead to dental problems because the teeth chip or wear down over time, eventually leading to gum issues and even bone loss
  • Open Bite: Do you have a gap between the upper and lower teeth when your mouth is closed? This open bite makes it difficult to chew certain foods. Invisalign can be effective to close the gap and fix this dental problem
  • Crowded Teeth: Sometimes, misalignment is caused because there isn’t enough space in your jaw, causing the teeth to overlap, twist, and bunch up. Not only do these issues affect the appearance of your smile, but it is also harder to floss and brush all surfaces of the teeth. As a result, the risk of tartar, plaque, and tooth decay increases. Invisalign is one treatment option that can fix the problem of overcrowded teeth
  • Tooth Gaps: Spacing issues between two or more of your teeth can affect the appearance of your smile because of the visible gaps. Plus, these areas can be problematic because food can get stuck between the teeth and gums, eventually leading to gum disease. Invisalign offers a great solution to bring the teeth together and straighten your smile

If you’re dealing with any of the issues listed above, contact us to book your free consultation.

FAQs

Your treatment time will depend on several factors, including the amount of movement needed to achieve straight teeth, your age, and the current condition of the teeth to be moved. On average, Invisalign treatments last about the same time as metal braces, and sometimes straightening can be achieved faster. You can expect to wear Invisalign plastic aligners between 12 and 18 months.

Yes, if you have crowded teeth, gaps in your smile, an overbite, or another misalignment problem, Invisalign does help! Invisalign braces have helped many people in Alberta and around the world achieve a straighter smile.

Compared to metal braces, Invisalign offers a world of difference in the comfort department. There’s no risk of catching metal on lip tissue, and the aligners are removable, which means you can periodically remove them to eat or floss. You may experience mild discomfort when new aligners are attached, but this should subside quickly. Remember, the aligners are gradually moving your teeth into their ideal position, so a little bit of pressure or soreness is normal.

The price of Invisalign will be unique to each patient, however, a rough estimate is $5,500 for a full Invisalign treatment (including retainers).

Follow proper dental hygiene practices, be realistic about your expectations, and keep your dentist or orthodontist informed about any symptoms or issues you may be having throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Yes, and various styles are available, your dentist or orthodontist will choose what is best for your needs.

No, but you may get superficial staining if you are drinking coffee or eating foods while wearing your Invisalign trays. However, these stains can typically be removed with a cleaning.

Typically Invisalign trays are worn 22 of the 24 hours in the day. You should only take them out to eat and to clean your teeth. However, if you have an important event such as a wedding or interview, they can be taken out. Invisalign success is dependent on how much you wear your Invisalign trays.

About Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dr. Jennifer Silver believes a straighter smile is the first step to overall confidence! She has helped straighten teeth in Calgary for the past 15 years and she’ll work closely with you to develop the right customized Invisalign treatment plan unique to your needs.

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