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Invisalign® – Ann Arbor, MI

Orthodontics Without The Metal

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Nothing makes for a more confident smile like straight teeth. Unfortunately, crooked teeth are a fairly common problem, and even the slightest misalignment can keep you from wanting to express yourself with a big happy smile. Dr. Olsen has good news for those who want a straighter smile, though. Invisalign in Ann Arbor allow those with moderate alignment issues to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional orthodontics.

In the past, traditional metal braces were the only option for people dealing with misaligned teeth. Anyone who wanted a straighter smile would have to endure a long process and a mouth full of metal wires. Because of modern technology and dental care evolution, we now have invisible braces to help correct crooked and misaligned smiles.

How Invisalign Works

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Invisalign braces are the ideal solution if you’re looking to straighten your smile without the hassle and embarrassment of metal brackets and wires. Using clear, plastic aligners, Invisalign braces offer a faster, more flexible way to achieve beautiful, natural results.

Each aligner set works to gently shift your teeth in the desired direction. Depending on your dental needs and severity, you can expect treatment to last anywhere between 12 to 18 months.

The Process

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In order to move forward with Invisalign treatment, you’ll first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Olsen. Once he evaluates your mouth, he will discuss how you can achieve your dental goals with Invisalign, how long he expects it to take, and how much you can expect to spend on your treatment.

First, he’ll take impressions of your teeth before sending them off to the lab. There, they will create your customized aligner trays that you will use throughout your treatment. Each set of aligners will represent your smile at that particular stage of treatment. Once you receive your aligners, your dentist in Ann Arbor will instruct you on how long to wear them before switching to the next set. The typical daily wear is 20-22 hours, and the average length of wear for each set is two weeks; however, this may vary. You can expect the pressure of each new set to gently move your teeth into the desired position.

Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign is a versatile treatment method. Not only can it fix crooked teeth, but it can also adjust your bite and fix various orthodontic issues.

Crowded Teeth

Invisalign braces are a great way to create more space between your teeth. While you don’t want too much space, they can reposition your teeth so that it is easier to clean between them, effectively lowering your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Spaces Between Teeth

While a gap in the smile of a child is cute, it loses its adorability when you’re adult, especially because you are at a higher risk of oral health problems. Food can become trapped between the spaces, causing bacteria to grow. Invisalign can shift your teeth, eliminating the extra space.

Bite Alignment

Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite – All of these are serious issues that, if left untreated, can be problematic in your ability to eat, chew, or even speak. Invisalign can correct all of these, lessening your chances of developing TMJ or bruxism.

Benefits of Invisalign

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If you’re looking for a reason to choose Invisalign, here are a few reasons that’ll have you opting for this clear solution:

  • Faster results – Expect your treatment with Invisalign to be quicker than traditional braces. (12 to 18 months compared to 2 to 3 years)
  • No irritability – Invisalign aligners are smooth and won’t irritate your soft tissues like metal brackets or wires.
  • Gentler treatment: Forget the multiple visits to the orthodontist to have a painful wire tightened. With Invisalign, you swap your aligners and begin to feel your teeth gently shift, creating only minor discomfort.
  • Clear: Your aligners are made of clear plastic, so if you don’t want anyone to know you’re receiving treatment, you don’t have to!

Invisalign FAQs

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Understandably, you may still have some questions about Invisalign in Ann Arbor. Below, we answer some of the most common inquiries we receive about Invisalign. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please give us a call so we can personally satisfy your curiosity.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign varies from patient to patient. The exact price of your treatment will depend on the extent of your orthodontic problems, how many aligners you need, and whether you need any special attachments for your aligners. We’ll give you an estimate for the cost of Invisalign when you visit us for your consultation. We’ll also help you explore ways that you might be able to fit your new, straighter smile into your budget.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

While Invisalign can correct a range of orthodontic problems, it is not ideal for everyone. For example, if you feel it might be difficult to wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours each day, you may want to opt for traditional braces. Also, keep in mind that Invisalign is not suitable for children because their mouths are still developing.

Is Invisalign Painful?

You might experience some discomfort during your treatment, especially when you switch to a new aligner. You can cope with the discomfort by taking mild painkillers and sipping on cool water. You may also find it beneficial to switch to your new aligner at night so you can sleep through part of the adjustment period. If you ever experience significant pain during your treatment, it’s possible that there is a problem with one of your aligners. In such a case, give our team a call, and we’ll be happy to help you remedy the situation.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After you work your way through all of your aligners, your dentist in Ann Arbor will provide you with a retainer. It is important that you wear the retainer in order to prevent your teeth from drifting back out of place. At first, you’ll need to wear the retainer full-time. As time goes on, however, you may be able to graduate to wearing the retainer for just one or two nights each week.

What Should I Do if I Break or Lose an Aligner?

Give our office a call, and we’ll help you figure out your next steps. In some cases, we might recommend that you go back to wearing a previous aligner until we can order a replacement for you. Or, we might suggest that you move on to the next aligner slightly early. Don’t try to force a damaged aligner onto your teeth; you might end up inadvertently damaging your teeth or gums.