Invisalign

When you smile, your teeth are often the very first thing that people notice. If you have crooked or crowded teeth or even too much space between your teeth, your smile is impacted, which can also affect your confidence. In addition to affecting the quality of your smile, crooked, crowded teeth can  impact your oral health, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Metal braces have long been the only solution available for treating crooked teeth. However, many patients, especially adults, find shiny metal braces unsuitable for their lifestyle. At Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry, we can provide you with a more discreet treatment with Invisalign. View before and after photos of Invisalign patients in our Smile gallery.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a GENTLE, modern and discreet treatment for straightening crooked teeth. Instead of metal brackets and wires, this treatment uses clear, rigid plastic aligners to achieve a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile. The aligners are completely clear, rendering them essentially invisible when you smile.

Additionally, the aligners are removable. They are removed to eat and brush and floss your teeth. For the best results,  your aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. 

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is a treatment that involves the use of a series of clear aligners. These aligners are made from impressions of your mouth and are custom designed to provide you with optimal results. We take digital impressions of your teeth and bite, using our state of the art iTero Element scanner. Then, we use specialized software that helps us develop the best path towards straightening your teeth and correcting your bite. 

Each set of aligners is made to be worn for one-two weeks at a time. Each set of aligners is slightly different from the ones before them, which aids in gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment. Treatment length varies from patient to patient as well as your specific situation. Once treatment is complete, a set of retainers is made, designed to be worn while you sleep, to help you maintain your beautiful new smile.

Invisalign Benefits

There are many benefits associated with Invisalign treatment. These benefits include:

  • Discreet. Your aligners are clear plastic and are practically invisible in your mouth. Very few people will be able to tell that you are wearing them. When you smile, the focus will be on you, not the orthodontic appliances on your teeth.
  • Removable. Because you can remove your aligners, you can eat all of your favorite foods during your orthodontic treatment without restrictions. Also, brushing and flossing your teeth is much easier.
  • Comfort. Your aligners are smooth, making them much more comfortable. You do not have to worry about anything rubbing or poking your sensitive intraoral tissues.
  • Fewer office visits. You do not need monthly adjustments. We provide you with several sets of aligners at one time, which means that you do not need as many visits to the office.
  • Shorter treatment time. Treatment with Invisalign is generally shorter than with traditional braces. The average treatment takes anywhere from 9 to 15 months, with most patients obtaining ideal results in less than a year.

If poorly arranged teeth or a bad bite are affecting your smile, but you do not want to deal with traditional metal braces, you may be a candidate for Invisalign. Call Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry today at (623) 562-5230 to schedule your complimentary consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you.

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