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April 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

If you could straighten your smile with no one noticing, would you do it? Many adults and teens have done just that with Invisalign clear invisalignaligners, the modern, comfortable and quick way to correct many orthodontic issues. At Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Grant Johansen offers this inventive and practically invisible system of customized aligners as a great alternative to metal braces. They may be best for your smile, too.

What are Invisalign aligners?

Custom-made according to a three-dimensional digital scan, Invisalign appliances cover top and bottom teeth completely but are so thin and transparent they are virtually unnoticeable. Additionally, the aligners are smooth, causing no oral irritation, and they are completely removable.

Just like conventional braces, the 18 to 30 pairs of aligners move teeth into better functioning and better-looking positions. However, unlike traditional orthodontics, the Invisalign system takes just about a year on average rather than the two to two and a half years (or more) that metal braces normally take to complete treatment.

In the end, an Invisalign smile is healthy because it is easy to clean, and of course, because treatment resolves a wide variety of bite and misalignment issues.

Who can get Invisalign?

Many people, from older teens to elder adults, qualify. Dr. Grant will examine your teeth and gums to devise a treatment plan just right for your particular case. Of course, complex problems may still require more traditional orthodontics; however, Invisalign works for many mild to moderate smile issues such as:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Tooth rotation and tooth tipping

Best of all, Invisalign is great for people who want ease of oral hygiene (just take the aligners out and brush and floss), no dietary limitations and the option to remove their appliances for events such as proms, weddings, and professional presentations. For treatment to move forward as planned, patients wear their appliances for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours daily, and they check in with Dr. Grant every month or so.

Get a new look

And, it'll happen discreetly. Find out more about today's most innovative clear aligner system. Contact Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ today for your personalized Invisalign consultation with Dr. Grant. Our office team can be reached at (480) 345-0530.

December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Learn more about how Invisalign can straighten your smile.

Many people put off straightening their teeth because they don't like the way metal braces look. Luckily, the Invisalign brace system can invisalignrealign your teeth without any metal. Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ explain how Invisalign can improve your smile.

The clear solution

No wires or brackets are needed with Invisalign. The system uses a series of removable aligner trays custom designed to fit your upper and lower teeth. Tightening the wires controls the movement of teeth when you wear metal braces, but Invisalign wearers only need to open a new set of aligner trays to shift the position of their teeth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set. Since the aligners are clear, it won't obvious that you're straightening your teeth.

Popcorn is no problem

Popcorn, gum, apples and other foods can damage brace wires or get stuck in them. In fact, people who wear metal braces receive an entire list of foods they must avoid for the next several years. You won't have that problem if you choose Invisalign. Since you'll remove your aligners to eat, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods while you straighten your teeth.

Temporary breaks are okay

Once you receive traditional braces, they don't come off your teeth until your treatment is completed, which can make attending special events or playing sports more challenging. Because your Invisalign aligner trays are removable, you can take them out occasionally for a few hours without affecting your progress. Whether you plan to play in a big game or want to attend a dance or gala completely brace-less, you'll appreciate this option. Your aligners should typically be worn about 20 hours per day.

Treatment may be shorter in some cases

If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your Invisalign aligners for about a year. Children and teenagers must usually wear the aligners for the same amount of time that they would wear traditional braces.

Invisalign offers a better way to straighten your teeth! Call Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ at (480) 345-0530 to schedule your appointment.