Invisible Braces for Adults and Teens in Calgary
Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Dr. Andrew Chen is a certified Invisalign treatment provider. He has treated many cases with this leading edge appliance system.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.
Why would I want it?
Because Invisalign® aligners straighten teeth
Traditional braces are not for everyone. Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments.
Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your custom treatment plan is complete.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about one week, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every two-three months to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages from 12 – 18 months, though you can start seeing results in just a few weeks!
Contact Marda Loop Braces for your complimentary consultation today! Dr. Andrew Chen will assess if you are a candidate for Invisalign!
Can Invisalign fix an overbite?
Yes, Invisalign can be an effective treatment option for correcting certain types of overbites.
An overbite refers to a dental condition where the upper front teeth overlap significantly with the lower front teeth.
Invisalign aligners are designed to address various orthodontic issues, including mild to moderate overbites. However, the suitability of Invisalign for correcting your specific overbite will depend on its severity and the underlying causes.
In cases where the overbite is due to dental misalignment or mild skeletal discrepancies, Invisalign can often provide successful results. The aligners will gradually move the teeth into proper alignment, helping to reduce the overbite and improve the bite relationship.
However, for more severe overbites that involve significant skeletal or jaw discrepancies, traditional metal braces or other orthodontic interventions may be recommended.
Dr. Chen can assess your specific situation, evaluate the severity of your overbite, and determine the most appropriate custom treatment plan. He will discuss the feasibility of Invisalign treatment for your case and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the potential results and expectations.
Remember that addressing an overbite not only improves the aesthetics of your smile but also promotes proper alignment and functioning of the teeth, potentially reducing the risk of dental issues and enhancing overall oral health.
How do you clean Invisalign aligners?
Cleaning your aligners is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene during your treatment. Here are some recommended steps to clean your Invisalign aligners effectively:
- Rinse: Whenever you remove your aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water. This helps remove any saliva or residue that may have accumulated.
- Brushing: Gently brush your aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a clear, anti-bacterial soap or non-abrasive toothpaste to clean both the inside and outside surfaces. Avoid using toothpaste with colored or abrasive ingredients, as they can scratch or discolor the aligners.
- Soaking: Consider soaking your aligners daily using a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals specifically designed for aligners. Follow the instructions provided with the cleaning product to ensure proper usage and effectiveness.
- Avoid Hot Water: Do not use hot water to clean your aligners, as it can warp or distort them. Stick to lukewarm water for rinsing and cleaning. NEVER RUN YOUR ALIGNERS THROUGH THE DISHWASHER!
- Stay Hygienic: Clean your teeth and floss before reinserting the aligners to prevent food particles or plaque from getting trapped between your teeth and aligners.
- Keep the Case Clean: Always store your aligners in a clean case when they are not in your mouth. Rinse the case regularly with water and clean it with a mild soap to prevent bacterial growth.
- Avoid Colored Foods and Drinks: Minimize or eliminate the consumption of colored foods and beverages that can stain the aligners, such as coffee, tea, red wine, or highly pigmented foods.
Maintaining clean aligners is crucial for your oral health and to prevent odor or discoloration. Be consistent with your cleaning routine and follow Dr. Chen’s instructions for best results. If you have any concerns or questions about cleaning your aligners, consult with our office for personalized guidance and recommendations.
How painful are Invisalign aligners?
The level of discomfort or pain experienced with Invisalign aligners can vary from person to person. Generally, most people report a mild level of soreness or pressure during the initial stages of wearing new aligners. This discomfort is often described as a tight or slightly achy sensation as the aligners gradually move the teeth into their desired positions.
It’s important to note that any discomfort is usually temporary and tends to subside within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the aligners. As you progress through the treatment and switch to new sets of aligners, you may experience a similar level of temporary discomfort each time, but it typically resolves quickly.
If you find the discomfort to be bothersome, over-the-counter pain relievers or orthodontic wax can be used to alleviate any sore spots or irritation caused by the aligners. Additionally, following Dr. Chen’s instructions regarding wearing time and aligner progression can help minimize any discomfort.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are generally considered to be more comfortable since they don’t have wires or brackets that can cause friction or irritation. The smooth plastic material of the aligners is designed to fit snugly over your teeth, offering a more comfortable orthodontic experience.
Remember that open communication with Dr. Chen is crucial throughout your Invisalign treatment. If you have concerns about discomfort or experience any persistent pain, it’s important to reach out to our office for guidance and assistance. We can provide recommendations and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of your orthodontic case and your individual treatment plan. In general, the average treatment time with Invisalign ranges from 6 to 18 months. However, it’s important to note that some cases may require shorter or longer treatment.
During your initial free consultation, Dr. Chen will evaluate your teeth and bite, discuss your treatment goals, and determine if Invisalign is suitable for your specific needs. He will create a customized treatment plan, along with an estimated treatment time.
To achieve the desired results, it is vital to wear the aligners for the recommended duration each day, typically between 20 to 22 hours a day. Aligners are typically changed every 1-2 weeks, gradually moving your teeth into the desired positions. Regular check-up appointments at the office are scheduled every 10-12 weeks to monitor progress and receive new sets of aligners.
It’s important to remember that treatment times can vary for each individual, and some cases may require additional steps or refinements. Dr. Chen will provide a more accurate estimate of your treatment duration based on your specific needs and progress throughout the treatment process.
By following Dr. Chen’s instructions and wearing the aligners as directed, you can help ensure the most efficient and effective treatment outcome. Remember it’s important to make all scheduled appointments and maintain good oral hygiene practices throughout your Invisalign treatment.
Is the Invisalign cost worth it?
You are your best investment
It’s true. No matter what you’ve believed in the past, a confident, radiant smile can be within reach when researching the cost of Invisalign. And if you think about it, improving your smile is an important investment, because you’re doing it for yourself for your own personal goals and dreams..
How much do Invisalign aligners cost?
There are many factors that determine the cost of your Invisalign treatment: how extensive the issues you want corrected, how long your treatment plan will last, and the specific treatment details prescribed by Dr. Andrew Chen.
We strive to make Invisalign affordable to everyone. You can get a beautiful, healthy and straight smile for as low as your monthly cell phone bill.
Does Invisalign work for my teens?
Absolutely! In fact, check out more specific information about Invisalign Teen.
Invisalign Payment Options
- Low and no down payment options are available
- No Interest monthly payments to fit your budget
- Various payment arrangements to coincide with your Health Savings Account (HSA) Plan needs
- Most major credit cards accepted
If your dental plan covers orthodontic treatment, you may also qualify for Invisalign. Talk to your dental insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for your treatment.
Schedule a free consultation to determine if Invisalign is right for you, contact us today.