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How Does Invisalign® Work?

The nearly invisible teeth straightening system known as Invisalign® can be an excellent option for many teens and adults seeking a discreet, more comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. So how does this innovative orthodontic system work? Following an evaluation to determine if Invisalign® is right for you, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – our experienced dentists – will design a series of customized, removable aligners that work to gently shift your teeth into the desired position over the course of the treatment process.


Once fabricated, you will need to wear each Invisalign® aligner approximately 20-22 hours a day for a recommended period of time before switching to the next aligner in your set. Throughout treatment, you will be asked to occasionally return to our office for check-ups to ensure everything is progressing as planned. These routine visits are generally less frequent and often considerably quicker than the check-ups usually required to adjust brackets and monitor the progression of metal braces.


Most patients are able to attain optimal results with Invisalign® within nine to twelve months, but some individuals have completed treatment in as little as six months. Ultimately, the length of your Invisalign® treatment will be dependent on your specific needs and desires, as well as how       good you are about wearing your aligners as directed by Dr. Chiappetti or Dr. Coombs.
If you would like more information about Invisalign®, or if you wish to schedule an appointment to find out if this orthodontic technique is right for you, please contact us today.

Will Invisalign® Work for Me?

shutterstock_123746110Invisalign® can often be a great option for individuals who are interested in conveniently, comfortably, and discreetly straightening their teeth. This innovative alternative to traditional metal braces involves a customized series of clear aligners designed to gradually shift misaligned teeth into a more desirable position. As an added benefit, each aligner is removable, enabling patients to easily take them out for eating, drinking, oral hygiene, and other daily necessities.

In general, people who are considered good candidates for Invisalign® have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Overly crowded teeth
  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite (due to jaw misalignment)

Ultimately, Invisalign® has proven to be an effective solution for straightening mild to moderate tooth misalignments in both teens and adults. If you are considering Invisalign®, one of our experienced dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – can determine whether or not this innovative orthodontic system would be right for you following a thorough evaluation. If it is decided that Invisalign® would not be the most effective technique for your needs and goals, our dentists can suggest a more appropriate treatments to help you achieve the smile you desire.

For more information about Invisalign®, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.

Can I Afford Invisalign®?

shutterstock_351429749Are you interested in discreetly straightening your teeth with Invisalign® but worried that treatment might be too expensive? We may have some good news. First and foremost, many patients find that the overall cost of Invisalign® is actually less than that of traditional metal braces and various other tooth alignment techniques due to the relatively shorter length of time often needed for treatment. This, however, will ultimately be dependant upon the degree of straightening you need to effectively achieve your smile goals.

Secondly, many dental practices offer a number of options for patients wishing and/or needing to cover the expense of their Invisalign® treatment with financial assistance. Here at Scottsdale Smile Center, our dentists – Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – work with CareCredit® to provide our patients with affordable payment plans. Regarded as one of the most respected healthcare lenders in the nation, CareCredit® offers a variety of low- and no-interest monthly payment plans that can fit almost any budget. The application process is easy, and once you’ve been approved, you’re free to proceed with the Invisalign® treatment right away.

If you have any additional questions about Invisalign®, or if you wish to schedule an appointment to find out what the cost of treatment may be based on your unique needs and desires, please feel free to contact our practice today.