Invisalign in Jonesboro, AR
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens your teeth using clear plastic aligners, like a retainer. Invisalign can be used to treat adults as well as teens and straightens teeth in the same amount of time as metal braces and wires. The Invisalign aligners are made to fit over your teeth throughout each phase of movement and push the teeth into place in order to achieve your treatment goals. Dr. Harmon-Grantham is an experienced Invisalign provider, having used Invisalign to treat her patients for over 15 years.
Important benefits of Invisalign vs orthodontic brackets/wires
Oral Hygiene - Patients can remove them to brush and floss their teeth. It’s not necessary to change your oral hygiene routine or buy special appliances/products to help clean your teeth like you would if you had orthodontic brackets.
Cosmetic Appearance - The clear aligner is very low profile, many people won’t know you have them in.
Comfort - The clear aligner is very comfortable, it doesn’t rub your cheeks, lips, or tongue.
Diet - Patients remove the aligner to eat. Therefore, you don’t have to worry restrictions in your diet due to the Invisalign treatment.
Orthodontic conditions that can be treated with Invisalign
- Deep bite
- Cross bite
- Teeth that are chipping due to the patient’s bite being “off”
- Excessive overjet (overbite)
- Orthodontic relapse- patients that have been treated with braces before and their teeth have moved, usually due to failing to wear retainers.
How does the Invisalign process work?
At your consultation, Dr. Harmon-Grantham will examine you, complete a scan of your teeth to create a 3D model, and take pictures and x-rays. She will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment and discuss treatment time as well as cost with you. A simulation of your final outcome will be available for you to view at this appointment.
CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT PLAN
Dr. Harmon-Grantham will use the 3D scan of your teeth to determine a proper treatment plan to achieve your ideal result, mapping out which teeth to move and how much to move them. She will then finalize your treatment plan and allow Invisalign to fabricate your aligners.
YOU RECEIVE YOUR ALIGNERS AND BEGIN TREATMENT
Usually bonding is placed on some teeth at this appointment to help the aligners fit better and move teeth faster. The bonding is not harmful to your teeth, it matches your teeth so it’s not very noticeable, and it’ll be removed at the end of your treatment. Normally 6 aligners are given to the patient at each evaluation appointment and the aligners are changed every week, making your return evaluation appointments 6 weeks apart. The aligners are to be worn 22 hours per day and you’re allowed to remove them to eat, brush, and floss.
YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE IS COMPLETE
When all treatment objectives have been achieved you will have a choice of bonded or removable retainers. Dr. Harmon-Grantham will discuss the advantages of each type of retainer. Free whitening trays are also complementary following the completion of your Invisalign treatment.