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Invisalign Vs. DIY Teeth Straightening

There have been many recent commercials and online advertisements for what’s known as “direct-to-consumer” options for teeth straightening. These do-it-yourself teeth alignment systems are designed for individuals to use at home, and often look similar to orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign®, which is the technique we offer here at Scottsdale Smile Center. We would like to take a moment to evaluate the many significant distinctions between Invisalign® and direct-to-consumer teeth straightening treatments, because these differences are very important when it comes to the treatment process and the potential results.

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is only available by prescription. The entire process is developed and supervised by one of our experienced dentists, which allows the final outcome to be more accurately predicted. Some DIY teeth straightening options may not require ongoing, in-person treatment monitoring by a dental or orthodontic professional. This lack of real-time oral evaluations can be a disadvantage in terms of obtaining clear, professional examinations of how the orthodontic treatment process is progressing. Unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies can arise during the treatment process, and if they are not addressed quickly, it could have a pronounced effect on the results. In addition, Invisalign® is able to treat other orthodontic concerns—such as mild to moderate overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues—whereas a direct-to-consumer option may not be designed to correct those types of problems.

DIY teeth straightening systems typically offer several benefits that can sound very enticing, and it’s certainly understandable why individuals feel they may be more convenient. However, we believe that Invisalign® is the best option when compared to those treatments, particularly for patients who are experiencing “rotated” teeth and/or conditions such as infections and cavities that require regular evaluation during the orthodontic treatment process. Most orthodontic cases involve crowding or overlapping teeth, which almost always requires a very precise procedure to slightly slenderize the crowded teeth prior to attempting to move them. This procedure is what creates just the right amount of space, so there is room for the crowded teeth to move into proper alignment. DIY orthodontics not only lack the expert supervision of a dentist, but without this slenderizing process, most people end up being very unhappy with the results of DIY orthodontics. While DIY orthodontics may slightly improve alignment in a handful of cases, at the end of treatment, most patients find that their teeth are still crowded.

Ultimately, in-person customization of the treatment plan and consistent monitoring to ensure the treatment is progressing as smoothly and effectively as possible can make a world of difference once the results begin to become noticeable!

To learn more about Invisalign® and other advanced treatments that can renew the appearance of your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today. We look forward to answering any questions you may have. We can also schedule an initial consultation with one of our dentists so that you can have a thorough oral evaluation and talk with him about the best options for your needs and goals.

Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

The thought of having to wear prominent metal appliances on the teeth for an extended period of time often makes the prospect of orthodontic treatment unappealing to adults who wish to correct teeth misalignment. Fortunately, there have been many innovations over the years that make it possible for both adult and adolescent patients to resolve common orthodontic concerns without compromising smile aesthetics during the treatment process.

Our dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center offer two popular options that can correct the appearance of misalignment, crowding, excessive spacing, and other issues in the most discreet way possible:

Invisalign®
Invisalign® is capable of straightening the teeth and even correcting mild to moderate bite irregularities without reliance on metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth. Made of a translucent plastic material, Invisalign® is a flexible and removable orthodontic appliance designed to gradually correct misalignment by moving the teeth into a new position. The Invisalign® aligners are so thin and clear that it’s difficult to notice them when they are on the teeth, even at a close distance.

Porcelain Veneers
In some cases of teeth misalignment and crowding, ongoing orthodontic treatment may not be necessary. Cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers can be placed in areas exhibiting signs of spaces or a “crooked” appearance. These custom-designed restorations are attached to the front part of the teeth in the area targeted for treatment, and are color-matched to surrounding teeth to produce natural-looking results. In effect, porcelain veneers are able to “mask” certain types of orthodontic concerns and give the teeth a straighter, healthier look. These treatments typically require just two office visits and create results that can last years into the future.

In some cases, patients may choose to undergo a very short-term, limited Invisalign® treatment prior to receiving veneers. In many cases, going this route makes sense because it can reduce the number of veneers that may otherwise be necessary to achieve the same result. While not every patient is a candidate for this approach, many individuals appreciate a more conservative approach to treatment. Also, by reducing the number of veneers, sometimes Invisalign® treatment can reduce the overall, total treatment cost.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment? If so, please contact us today with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation. Our dentist can talk with you about your concerns and recommend the treatment option that is most ideal for your needs.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

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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.