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Get a better looking smile with Invisalign!

Do you want straighter teeth? Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be a pain in the mouth. Forget about stiff-metal wired braces that get in the way of life and irritate your gums. At Macleod Trail Dental, we offer Invisalign, a clear and flexible braces alternative — suitable for adults, teens, and kids, these invisible aligners are removable and comfortable.

The best part of all? No one can tell you’re wearing anything on your teeth! All the while, your teeth are getting straighter, and your smile brighter.

Invisalign is commonly used to fix problems such as:

  • Crowding
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

We take a modern approach to orthodontics by straightening out your teeth using custom-made, invisible aligners. Aligners gradually and comfortably shift your teeth into the proper position. Most importantly, exact teeth movements are planned and determined by your orthodontist depending on your particular situation. Additionally, Invisalign offers ease and convenience. Hence, why it’s the number one braces alternative amongst our patients. Furthermore, it has given thousands of people worldwide a brand new, beautiful smile.

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign process is straightforward, simple, and pain-free! It involves five main steps:

Customized Treatment

After your consultation, our dentist takes x-rays and impressions of your teeth. As a result, we can enter the exact dimensions of your mouth into a specialized Invisalign system to create a 3D image of your bite. The entire process is highly customized so we can create a precise treatment plan that takes the unique movements of your teeth into consideration. At this point, our dentist will offer an approximate time frame for treatment.

Receive Your Invisalign Aligners

Based on your specific treatment plan, we create a series of custom-made aligners for you to wear. The aligners are made from a smooth and comfortable plastic that won’t interfere with your day-to-day activities. Simply remove them every time you want to eat or brush your teeth. As you wear the aligners, your teeth will gently shift into the correct position. For best results, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day throughout your entire treatment.

Primary Consultation

During the primary consultation, your specific oral requirements are examined to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We always encourage our patients to take this opportunity to ask us any questions about the treatment, such as the cost of Invisalign, the duration of treatment, or any other concerns they may have.

Progress Into New Aligners Every Two Weeks

Every two weeks, we’ll provide you with a new set of aligners. Each new set of aligners advances you to the next stage of your treatment. In addition, we encourage our patients to come in for checkups every 6 weeks to monitor their overall progress.

Enjoy Your Brand New Smile!

By the end of your treatment, you will enjoy a brand new, beautiful smile. However, it’s important to take care of your new smile for long-lasting results. Therefore, we often recommend our patients use retainers to maintain the new position of their teeth.

Straighten your teeth with Invisalign today!

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What are the benefits of Invisalign?

If you want to straighten your teeth without metal braces there are several choices. So, what makes Invisalign such a popular option? For starters, the most important reason is that Invisalign is comfortable and convenient. Furthermore, it offers a mouthful of advantages, including:

Advanced Technology

Invisalign treatment is fully computerized. As a result, we can estimate how long your treatment will take and digitally map out the process for the perfect results!

You Can Eat What You Want

It can be difficult to eat with big metal braces, plus, there’s always the risk of food getting caught in your braces and damaging a wire. These worries are far from your mind with Invisalign. After all, you’ll remove your aligners every time you eat!

Easier To Clean

One of the biggest challenges to braces? Removing all the food particles that get trapped in your brackets. Over time, this can lead to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and stains. Invisalign aligners are removable, which means it’s easy to brush and floss your teeth like normal.

Comfortable Plastic Aligners

Invisalign’s high-quality, smooth material offers unparalleled comfort. Don’t worry about sores, scratches or mouth irritation—all of which are common with metal-wired braces.

Invisalign Vs. Braces

Unsure if Invisalign is the right option for you? Different solutions work better for different patients. Here are some points for consideration:

InvisalignVsBraces
Medical­grade polyurethane resins ­ clear/invisibleMaterial/ColorMetal, typically silver
6­-18 months depending on patient (removable)Treatment TimeAverage of 2 years (irremovable)
With Invisalign, patients are able to eat mostly everything that they want.FoodPatients have to keep away from certain hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky foods such as popcorn, carrots and nuts.
Due to the removable aligners, you are able to continue your regular teeth cleaning routine, preventing the buildup of plaque.HygieneBecause traditional braces aren’t removable, maintaining optimum oral hygiene can become a challenge, leading to tooth decay and plaque buildup.
The superior quality, smooth material of Invisalign gives you unparalleled comfort so you never have to worry about any mouth irritation.ComfortThe regular wire tightening can cause discomfort in your jaw. Additionally, painful mouth abrasions are a common side effect.
Because Invisalign aligners are invisible, no one will ever know you’re wearing them!AppearanceBraces can cause severe self-­consciousness and embarrassment.

Are you a good candidate for Invisalign?

Your orthodontist will ask you a series of questions to check if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign clear braces. If possible, she may advise additional procedures before advising clear braces. Here are a few of the factors to keep in mind:
  1. Have all your baby teeth fallen out?
    Clear braces for kids are not advisable before the age of 13 years or until all the baby teeth have fallen out. It’s also important to ensure that the patient is old enough to understand how to manage the process — you’re too young, our dentist may advise other options.
  2. Have you had any of your teeth extracted?
    If you have normal gaps in your teeth, getting clear aligner braces can definitely fix the problem. But, in case you have missing teeth or gaps because of extractions, the dentist may suggest that you opt for dental implants. Once the procedure is complete, you can move on to Invisalign. Checking for the possibility of wisdom teeth removal is also essential. When the third set of molars start to grow or emerge, they could push the aligned teeth out of position again
  3. Do you have periodontal disease or acute gum disease?
    In case you have periodontal disease, the dentist will set up a program for ridding your gums of infections. Once you have healthy gums, you’ll find that Invisalign braces are a better option than conventional metal braces.
  1. Do you have any dental bridges?Dental bridges are fused with one or more of your teeth, so they won’t respond to the movement stimulated by Invisalign. While the surrounding teeth may align perfectly, the bridge will remain out of place. For this reason, your dentist may advise that you complete the Invisalign treatment before getting bridges or implants.In case you’ve opted for clear aligners afterward, you could opt to remove the bridges and reinsert them later. Alternatively, you may have to get the caps sectioned off by cutting so the other teeth can move into alignment. Since every patient has a unique dental structure, your doctor will make recommendations according to what’s best for you.
  2. Do you smoke?Patients who smoke often don’t get the results they’re hoping for with clear braces. To begin with, smoking increases the duration of the treatment because of the constricted blood supply in the mouth.
  3. Can you commit to a 12 to 16 month treatment?While Invisalign braces are, no doubt, an effective solution, know that you should be prepared for treatment that lasts 12 months or more depending on individual needs.

Unsure whether or not Invisalign braces are a great choice for you?

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FAQs

No, Invisalign will not stain your teeth. Unlike metal braces, your aligners are removed when you eat and drink, so there is no opportunity for stains to affect only part of your teeth.

The length of time needed to see results with Invisalign depends on your unique case, but generally can be as quick as a few weeks to as long as two years. Your dentist/orthodontist should discuss estimated treatment time with you during your consultation.

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