Straighten Your Smile With Dr. Sheehan
Made of metal wires and brackets, traditional braces can easily break, can lead to complications with dental hygiene, and put many restrictions on your diet.
If you’re looking for a comfortable and discreet alternative to braces, Invisalign® may be the dental alignment solution best for you. Unlike metal braces that can make patients feel self-conscious, Invisalign is nearly invisible to onlookers.
Learn more about Invisalign and how Dr. Sheehan can help you smile with confidence again.
Virtually Invisible Clear Aligners
Whether your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded, or you have a misaligned bite, Invisalign can straighten your smile and adjust your bite to perfection. These easy-to-use clear aligners are custom-made just for you for increased comfort.
Invisalign utilizes cutting-edge technology to eliminate the time and hassle it takes to align your teeth and transform your smile. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment can be completed up to two times faster and in as little as three months. You’ll get a new set of Invisalign aligners every two weeks and all you have to do is wear them.
Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
With Invisalign, Dr. Sheehan and our Waterford dental team can help straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. There are many advantages to choosing Invisalign, including:
- Practically invisible⎼ They’re nearly invisible, so people won’t even know you’re wearing them
- Increased comfort⎼ The thin, flexible material of the aligners are customized for maximum comfort
- Completely removable⎼ They don’t require metal braces or wires, so you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods
- Improved oral hygiene⎼ The aligners allow you to clean your teeth much easier than if you were wearing metal braces
- Faster treatment time⎼ Invisalign straightens teeth up to two times faster than traditional braces
Beginning Your Invisalign Process
The first step to your perfect smile is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sheehan. If Invisalign is right for you, we’ll take a 3D image of your teeth and gums to create a custom set of aligners to match the shape of your unique bite. Your new aligners will be masterfully crafted using 3D printing and SmartTrack® material.
With the Invisalign system, there is no need to make uncomfortable molds of your teeth. Our advanced technology allows you to view your own treatment plan before you start, so you can see how your teeth will look before the process is complete. Invisalign also uses these 3D images to monitor the progress of each individual tooth over the course of your treatment.
After getting your first pair of custom-made aligners, you’ll receive a new set every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Invisalign aligners work by gradually shifting your teeth into correct alignment, all you need to do is wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.
Higher Level of Customization
Unlike other brands, Invisalign® is incredibly comfortable and is precision-trimmed to ensure the aligners don’t cut your gums during use. Each set of new aligners is made just for you and provides your smile with ultimate accuracy as it transforms.
Other clear aligner treatments don’t always have the expertise of a dentist to help guide you through your treatment. In the case of a complication, you can easily come into our Waterford office and have our team examine your progress.
Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Aligners Clean
Taking care of your Invisalign trays is easy and simple. Dr. Sheehan recommends following these simple tips:
- Each morning and night, rinse your aligners with lukewarm water, antibacterial soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up.
- Avoid cleaning your aligners with hot water! Extreme temperatures can cause the plastic to deform.
- Take out your aligners before eating or drinking, unless it’s water. This will prevent your aligners from getting misshaped or stained.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth after each meal before putting your trays back in.
- Soak your aligners at least once a day and rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.
Request an Appointment Today
At Oakland Family Dental, we pride ourselves in the smiles of our patients. Dr. Sheehan is dedicated to working with you in order to find the dental alignment solution that meets your specific needs. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® or any of our other treatments, please call us at (248) 674-0384 or fill out our convenient contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is Invisalign?
Compared to metal braces, Invisalign treatment is one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatments available. When you start wearing a new set of aligners, it’s likely you’ll feel slight pressure and discomfort as your teeth adjust to wearing them. However, this will subside within a day or two.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The average cost of Invisalign treatment varies from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on each patient and their individual case. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sheehan can provide you with a more precise estimate after examining your teeth and oral health.
How do you take care of your Invisalign trays?
Each morning and night, you should take out your Invisalign trays and thoroughly clean both your teeth and aligners. Rinse your trays with water, antibacterial soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep plaque and bacteria from building up.
Also, don’t forget to soak your aligners once a day and rinse them before putting them back into your mouth.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign?
Yes, it’s possible to switch from traditional metal braces to Invisalign clear aligners. It may not be an option for some patients, depending on their case.
If you wear braces and are curious about getting Invisalign, it’s best to schedule a consultation with your Waterford orthodontist so we can examine your teeth and determine if Invisalign treatment will work for you.
Is Invisalign removable?
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable. However, the trays should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure maximum results.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with Invisalign?
Treatment time with Invisalign will vary for each patient, but typically it will take 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth. In some cases, Invisalign can take as little as six months.
Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks, and you’ll pick up a new set of aligners every six to eight weeks. This process will continue until your teeth are properly aligned.
Can you eat and drink while wearing Invisalign?
With Invisalign aligners, you can eat all of your favorite foods as long as you remove them for each snack or meal. Remember to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before putting them back on. Also, it’s best to stick to water when wearing your trays to prevent any discoloration.
Can you drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign?
When wearing your Invisalign aligners, you can drink whatever you’d like. However, when drinking alcohol, we suggest taking out your Invisalign trays to avoid staining from darker beverages like red wine, cranberry juice, dark beer, and more.
Can you drink coffee while wearing Invisalign?
You shouldn’t drink hot coffee or tea with your Invisalign trays in. Due to their hot temperature, these beverages can change the shape of your aligners and impede on your treatment. It’s best to only drink water while wearing Invisalign to prevent staining your aligners.