Invisalign In Calgary
Invisalign is clearly different.
Straighten your teeth without the use of traditional fixed braces.
Invisalign is a specialist orthodontic treatment that can help to correct dental alignment problems. We proudly offer this at our Calgary dental office!
Invisalign was the first invisible aligner available to dentists, and it's still an amazing solution to straightening your teeth! We are so excited about this innovative solution that allows you to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional fixed braces.
Traditional braces are made up of brackets that attach to the teeth with a wire connecting the brackets. Over time, the wires are adjusted to guide your teeth into place.
Read on to see the benefits of Invisalign!
The Invisalign Difference
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that are nearly invisible when you're wearing them. Straighten your teeth without brackets and wires! This is great for anyone from teens to adults.
The smooth plastic trays have no extruding edges and they're custom fit to your teeth. You can remove the aligners when you eat or drink, so you never have to avoid your favourite foods!
You can remove the trays when you brush (and floss), then pop them back in. A clean mouth is a healthy mouth! Finish your treatment with teeth whitening and you can flash your smile as a new you!
How does Invisalign work?
Curious to know if Invisalign could be the right treatment choice for you?
Let’s walk you through a typical treatment plan with Dr. Meyer.
Step 1: Make a good (digital) impression
Impressions of your teeth are required to plan your Invisalign treatment and to later create your series of clear plastic aligners. We no longer use the goop you have to bite into! We're equipped with incredible technology called iTero that allows us to take 3D digital impressions of your mouth!
This stage forms the basis of your entire treatment plan, but don't worry, it’s straightforward and comfortable. Your impressions will be used during the next step and later sent to the Invisalign lab to create your trays.
Step 2: Our Invisalign consultation
To determine if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, Dr. Meyer will use X-rays and your 3D digital impressions of your teeth to determine if you are a suitable candidate. He will then walk you through the Invisalign process so you understand what you can expect.
Invisalign offers an experience called ClinCheck that allows you to see exactly what results you can expect to achieve. Yes, you’ll be able to see a digital representation of what your straight smile will look like! It's pretty incredible!
If you’re happy with the expected results and Dr. Meyer views the predicted treatment as successful, you can get started with treatment. Dr. Meyer will present you with a treatment plan so you're aware of every step coming up.
Step 3: Start your Invisalign treatment
The Invisalign lab will create your aligners then we will invite you back to the clinic. You will have to wear them every day and change them as instructed, typically every 1-2 weeks. Remember that Invisalign can only do its work if you are wearing the aligners!
Small, tooth-coloured dots of dental bonding may need to be placed on some of your teeth, but these aren't like brackets and wires! They won't be a bother during your treatment and they help your Invisalign aligners move your teeth into position more effectively.
Step 4: Flash us a smile!
You will visit Dr. Meyer every 6-8 weeks throughout your treatment to check on the progress of your aligners. If you have any issues with the aligners, or if you lose one, you’ll be able to discuss this at your appointment.
Step 5: Keep your perfect smile perfect
Once your treatment is over, you won’t be able to stop flashing your smile! We’ll discuss the possible need for an overnight or permanent bonded retainer wire to help keep your teeth in alignment for years to come!
Questions you may have about getting Invisalign in Calgary
There is no upper age limit for Invisalign. Dr. Meyer will use the consultation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. It is common for patients in their 40s, 50s and 60s to enjoy straighter teeth with Invisalign.
There are certain aesthetic dental concerns that Invisalign can't fix. These include large gaps in the teeth and extreme rotations. If a tooth has rotated over 20 degrees, Invisalign will struggle to move this into the desired position. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, it’s important to arrange a consultation with Dr. Meyer to discuss your specific case.
Invisalign treatment plans are unique to each individual. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, you could expect results anywhere from 6 to 18 months. More complex cases of overcrowding could take up to 24 months to achieve the desired results. The good news is that the invisible aligners will allow you to carry out the treatment plan discreetly and comfortably.
Invisalign does not turn your teeth yellow. However, the Invisalign retainers can become discoloured if they are not cared for correctly, like if you eat with them in, but remember you will change to a new set of trays every 1-2 weeks (as instructed). Proper dental hygiene is important during your treatment as are regular visits for hygiene.
To protect the aligners, you will need to remove them during meal times and when drinking. This means that you won’t need to give up certain foods as you would with traditional fixed braces.
You can only drink water while wearing Invisalign, as warm drinks could warp and stain your aligners. Sugary drinks or sodas could lead to a buildup of plaque on your teeth, which can lead to decay.