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Just as with braces, the quality of your outcome largely depends on the expertise, skill, and attentiveness to detail of your practitioner. E&S Orthodontics is a certified Invisalign® provider, so you can rest assured you are getting the best treatment possible.
Orthodontists receive an additional 2-3 years of training beyond dental school to become experts in diagnosis and treatment of malocclusions to give their patients the most healthy, stable smiles.
In addition to this specialized training, orthodontists treat hundreds of people with a wide variety of orthodontic problems each year—as opposed to a dentist who might treat a handful of people between drilling and filling. This specialized training and experience allows the orthodontists to recognize and resolve challenging situations, which often arise during treatment, and provides the knowledge needed to create beautiful, harmonious smiles and facial profiles.
Get a second opinion! E&S Orthodontics has learned over many years of experience that almost everyone can be treated with Invisalign®. In difficult cases, they will often combine Invisalign® with braces on a few teeth where needed. Because these braces are usually in the back of the mouth and often on the bottom teeth, they are very unlikely to be seen. The braces usually only need to be there for a short period of time, and then the remaining treatment can be completed with Invisalign® only.
The average treatment time is approximately 9-18 months, although the time can vary greatly based on difficulty of the orthodontic problem. Based on their experience successfully treating many hundred Invisalign® patients, E&S Orthodontics can provide an estimate of how long your treatment will last after reviewing your individual case.
At Montano Elevated Orthodontics, the fee for Invisalign® is the exact same as for braces. Unlike most offices, there is no additional surcharge for Invisalign®. We believe cost should not get in the way of whichever treatment method you prefer. Just as with braces, the fee for treatment is based on case complexity. If you would like to learn more about how much your treatment may cost, schedule a consultation with us today.
Of course! Invisalign® is no longer only for adults. E&S Orthodontics has treated hundreds of teens with clear aligner therapy (Invisalign®), achieving the same fantastic results as with fixed appliances (braces). Sometimes other orthodontic devices (such as expanders or distalizers) are combined with Invisalign® to achieve the best result, and are discreetly placed at the start of treatment before initiating clear aligner therapy. Ask at your free consultation whether Invisalign®Teen is the right option for you.
At your free consultation, E&S Orthodontics will evaluate your teeth and gums and ensure they are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment. Most people can start right away! One of our expert treatment coordinators will walk you through the entire treatment process and answer any additional questions you have.
Some people experience a very short, transient period of difficulty with certain speech sounds. This normally disappears within a week of beginning treatment as the lips and tongue adapt to the aligners.
No! This is one of the benefits of Invisalign®. Because there are no braces that can be broken off, there isn’t a reason to adjust your diet. This also means no additional appointments for loose braces or poking wires.
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Storing Your Invisalign® Aligners.
Keep your aligners in their case whenever they’re not in the mouth. This will keep the dog from eating them! And save you from accidentally throwing them away, and the subsequent digs through the trash can!
How to Clean Your Invisalign® Aligners.
We recommend using an old toothbrush with dish soap (such as Dial or Dawn) to clean the aligners. Do not use toothpaste since it is abrasive and will scratch the aligners, making them cloudy. Never boil the aligners! You may also use denture cleaning agents or retainer cleaning solutions to keep them fresh. For retainer cleaning solutions, we recommend a product called Retainer Brite, which can be bought online. It comes with an ultrasonic and is effective at keeping your aligners (and future retainers) sparkly clean and fresh.
Dealing with Discomfort.
You will likely have a dull, achy soreness for several days after changing your Invisalign® aligners. You may take ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin, or any preferred OTC pain medication for relief. If you experience extreme pain or swelling, please call our office immediately at 480-386-9722.
Cleanings with Your Dentist During Treatment.
Please see your dentist at your usual cleaning interval (at least every 6 months) throughout orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. It is even more crucial to get these cleanings during orthodontic therapy than it was before, since tartar that builds up on teeth can inhibit tooth movement.
Reminders to Change Your Invisalign® Aligners and Wear Them Consistently.
Various iPhone and Android apps exist to remind you when it’s time to change your aligners. They will even send you notifications that you should be wearing your aligners. One app that we recommend is called Align Remind.
Chewies (Bite Sticks).
It is critical that your teeth seat completely into the Invisalign® aligners in order for them to move/track properly. If you notice that there is ever a gap between the edge of your tooth and the aligner, then we recommend biting on a chewie for several seconds to help seat the tooth into the bottom of the aligner. Repeat this process every time you insert your aligner for any area that you notice incomplete seating.