Salt Lake City Invisalign Dentist

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that dentists use as an alternative to the traditional metal braces. In the majority of orthodontic cases, Invisalign is the treatment of choice due to the comfort, user-friendly advantages, and cosmetic appearance. We are proud to offer all of our patients the best technology and care in our Salt Lake City Invisalign dental office.

What are the Advantages?

§         The greatest advantage of the treatment is the cosmetic appearance. The aligners are completely transparent and made of clear, hard plastic. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign for Teens has also been created to help teens straighten their teeth without their peers ever even knowing!

§         In addition to the benefits of invisibility, our patients have found the aligners more comfortable and user-friendly than metal braces. There are no metal brackets to cut your lips or cheeks and the aligners do not irritate gums. Due to the fact that the aligners can be removed and cleaned, unlike metal braces which routinely catch food and gum in the brackets.

§         The hygienic benefits are excellent and the chance of tooth decay is much lower in comparison to traditional braces. The aligners must be worn for 20 hours a day, allowing time to remove them while eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. With traditional braces, demineralization or tooth decay occurs in 50% of patients. The metal wires also prevent dental x-rays from being taken and tooth decay is usually not caught or noticed until after the braces are removed. The Invisalign aligners are removed while eating and patients are told to brush and floss their teeth before returning the aligners to their mouth.

§         Computerized treatment planning is an excellent way of checking the proper alignment of the teeth and customizing the finished product to the patient’s unique desires. The patient is brought into the office to review, critique, and agree to the treatment as it is shown online to the Dentist.

§         Due to the advanced nature of Invisalign technology, the orthodontic treatment is typically quicker than traditional braces. The average length of time a patient is in treatment is 12 months. The final aligner is kept as a final retainer which the patient can keep for the rest of their life and wear at night to help prevent the teeth from shifting after treatment.

§         The aligners can be used as bleach trays to whiten teeth. The custom aligners are very similar to bleach trays and can double as bleach trays to prevent an added cost. We offer all of our Invisalign patients teeth whitening products so that they have perfectly white teeth at the end of their treatment!

Are there any disadvantages?

§         Because the aligners are removable, they do have the potential to get lost. The good news is that Invisalign stores all treatments in their database and we are able to request a single tray be remade to replace the lost aligner. 

§         Another potential disadvantage is that the trays MUST be worn no less than 20 hours per day. If a patient is not consistent with their wear, the trays will not have their intended effect and the patient will struggle to achieve their optimal smile.

§         If a patient suffers from grinding their teeth, the aligners have the potential to become damaged before their 2-week use is up.  If a person has severe grinding habits, other options will need to be discussed before attempting the use of Invisalign treatment.

Our Salt Lake City Invisalign practice is located downtown with beautiful views of Salt Lake City and easily accessed from I-15.  We are proud to be one of a few Utah Invisalign providers and offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to all who would like to explore their options. Call our office today or visit our website and let us help you achieve the smile you desire through the dentistry you deserve.

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One Response to “Salt Lake City Invisalign Dentist”

  1. This is a very informed article about invisalign. May I just add that invisalign may also be used as a retainer for those who have already gone through braces and just need a retainer for night to keep their teeth straight.

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