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Invisalign

Alexandria Dental Clinic

Dean Anderson, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, MN

If you’re unhappy with the position or alignment of your teeth, consider orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. Invisalign is an advanced treatment system that uses nearly invisible thin, clear trays to gradually straighten your teeth. At Alexandria Dental Clinic, in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dean Anderson, DDS, and the team provide free Invisalign consultations and second opinions. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic tray aligners to gradually reposition and align your teeth.

Invisalign aligners are made of SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved thermoplastic. SmartTrack is free of all chemicals, including BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten making it safe for pregnant women and individuals with allergies.

Invisalign aligners are unlike traditional braces in that they’re removable. This allows you to eat your favorite foods and brush and floss like normal.

 

What types of alignment problems can Invisalign correct?

At Alexandria Dental Clinica, the team uses Invisalign to correct various alignment problems, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned jaws
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

You might also benefit from Invisalign treatment if you have visible spaces or gaps between your teeth.

 

What does treatment with Invisalign involve?

Invisalign treatment begins with a comprehensive in-office consultation. During your initial appointment, the team reviews your dental health history and asks about your goals for treatment. They then use an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your teeth and gums.

The team uploads your impressions to a computer-aided design (CAD) program. They use your impressions to map out the step-by-step movements of your teeth. After approving a plan, the team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that creates your first set of custom aligners.

Throughout treatment, you return to Alexandria Dental Clinic every two or three months. At each appointment, we evaluate the fit, progress, and future treatment needs  These are usually fairly short appointments.

 

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

The length of Invisalign treatment depends on your oral health history and goals. Most people achieve their desired outcome within 6-12 months. More complex orthodontic issues can take up to 18 months. After you’re finished with Invisalign, you transition to a retainer. A retainer is an oral appliance that keeps your teeth from shifting out of place.

 

Do I need to maintain my Invisalign aligners?

To ensure Invisalign treatment goes smoothly, clean your aligners regularly. Rinse your aligners several times a day and brush them with a soft-bristle toothbrush before going to bed at night. For more thorough cleanings, ask the team about the Invisalign Cleaning System.

 

If you’re interested in an Invisalign free consultation or a second opinion, contact Alexandria Dental Clinic. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office at 320-762-2122 today.