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Invisalign Q&A

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Invisalign services offered in Mesa AZ

As the next evolution in orthodontics, Invisalign® offers straighter teeth in an easier way. At Arizona Dental Heights, Alok Ahlawat, DMD and his team offer Invisalign clear aligners at their Mesa, Arizona, office. If you’d like to straighten your teeth without braces, call the office or arrange an Invisalign consultation online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic teeth straightening option that can replace traditional metal braces. The Invisalign system features clear aligners — thin plastic trays that encase your teeth snugly. 

Just like with metal braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth over time. But, with these clear aligners, it's hard to tell that you have anything on your teeth. 

When might I need Invisalign?

Invisalign can treat the same orthodontic issues as metal braces, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite

Invisalign could be a good option for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but dislike the prospect of metal brackets and wires on their teeth. It's essentially a more comfortable and easier way to get the same results without the metal. 

What is the Invisalign treatment process? 

The specialists at Arizona Dental Heights use an advanced intraoral scanner to produce digital impressions of your entire mouth. 

Then, they use specialized design software to create a treatment plan to straighten your teeth and meet your goals. The software can even show you a preview of your post-Invisalign smile before you begin treatment. 

The Invisalign lab uses the impressions and treatment plan specifications to fabricate a series of aligners that fit your specific mouth. Every set of aligners is slightly different because they use light pressure to move the teeth in increments over time. You change aligners every two weeks. 

For ideal results, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. Only remove aligners for eating and brushing your teeth or for the occasional special event. 

You'll visit Arizona Dental Heights once every 4-6 weeks for a quick Invisalign checkup. There's no painful tightening like with braces. 

You may need SmartForce® attachments — tiny tooth-colored plastic pieces that attach to your teeth. These attachments help your aligners work even more effectively, so they're especially important for complex teeth straightening. 

How long does it take to complete Invisalign treatment?

Treatment time varies for each person, but the average total treatment time is 12-18 months. After Invisalign treatment, your dental specialists at Arizona Dental Heights may suggest using a clear retainer to maintain your results. 

If you're interested in the next generation of teeth straightening, Invisalign could be the right choice for you. To learn more about clear aligners and how they work, call Arizona Dental Heights or click on the online scheduling link.