Las Cruces Invisalign® Clear Braces
If the word braces calls to mind a mouth full of metallic brackets and wires, you’re not alone. Most patients who visit us think that these traditional braces are their only treatment option if they want to have a straighter smile. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we’re happy to offer a comfortable, cosmetic alternative to traditional orthodontics – Invisalign clear braces. Drs. Ramon and Natalie Ortiz both have extensive experience and training straightening patients’ smiles using the Invisalign system, and we’re happy to help adults and teens alike determine whether Invisalign is the right solution for their smiles. We’ll start by scheduling an Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is the right option for your smile alignment. If we determine Invisalign is an option, we begin planning treatment right away, and typically, we complete alignment using the Invisalign system in ten to eighteen months. Contact our team to schedule your consultation or keep reading to find out more about the Invisalign treatment process.
Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign
The Invisalign process is fairly straightforward. Our dentists start by capturing images of patients’ current bite and determining what the ideal alignment will be for their smile. Then, a series of alignment trays are designed. Each set of trays represents one stage closer to the patient’s final goal. Patients wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. At the end of this time, they simply exchange their current aligners for the next in the series. Every four to six weeks, patients check in with our team to ensure their smile is progressing according to plan. We are able to intervene and make adjustments throughout the course of treatment to ensure patients achieve their desired end result. Best of all, there’s no need to make drastic changes to your diet or oral hygiene routines. Simply remove the comfortable alignment trays while eating or cleaning teeth.
Take a smiling selfie on your mobile phone and we’ll show you what Invisalign® treatment can do for you.
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that many patients are choosing to leave in the past thanks to Invisalign in Las Cruces. This modern procedure allows you to preserve your appearance while straightening your smile and improving your oral health. Whether you’re in your teens or over 40, it’s never too late to reap the benefits from aligning your pearly whites. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some common questions we get from our patients below.
Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?
Many people wonder whether Invisalign aligners are truly more comfortable than metal braces. Unlike traditional brackets and wires, trays are crafted from smooth, FDA-approved plastic that is custom fitted for your unique mouth shape. This helps minimize pain or discomfort, although you will go through a short adjustment period when you switch to your new set of aligners. You can avoid enduring this by changing your trays overnight, so you sleep through the majority of the slight discomfort.
Will insurance cover my Invisalign treatment?
Unfortunately, Invisalign treatment is still considered a cosmetic service, although some dental insurance companies are beginning to change this. To find out for sure whether your provider will cover the cost, it’s best to contact them directly. Most insurance plans do include benefits for orthodontic treatments if they’re necessary to help you maintain your oral health.
Will I need to visit with my dentist often throughout the treatment?
One great perk of Invisalign treatment is that you won’t have to endure long, painful tightening appointments with your orthodontist, like you would with traditional braces. Instead, you’ll visit your dentist in Las Cruces every four to six weeks to pick up your new set of trays. They’ll also complete a quick examination of your teeth to make sure your timeline is on track. Typically, these appointments last about 15 minutes and can easily be squeezed into a lunch break.
How do I care for my aligners?
Caring for your aligners is a vital part of keeping them practically unnoticeable and maintaining your oral health throughout the course of the treatment. You can purchase a special cleaning kit from Invisalign, gently brush them with clear antibacterial soap, or soak them in a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. When you rinse them off, be sure not to use hot water because it can warp your aligners. Also, remember to take your aligners out any time you eat something or drink any beverage besides water.
For more tips on how to take care of your trays, you can call our office or ask Drs. Ramon Ortiz or Natalie Ortiz for cleaning recommendations during your consultation.
Will I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Just like with traditional braces, you will need to wear a retainer after Invisalign. Your teeth have a sort of “muscle memory” that causes them to shift back into their original positions if they’re not held in place. When it gets closer to the end of your treatment, we’ll craft a retainer for you and let you know how long you’ll need to wear it. Some patients need to only wear one at night, and others are good candidates for permanent retainers.