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Does Invisalign Work

February 15th, 2019

Does Invisalign Work?

One of the most common comments we hear is “But Invisalign can’t do that, can it?”  Well, gone are the days of headgears, long appointments, and frequent visits.  While braces are still the treatment of choice for most orthodontists, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to correct a variety of orthodontic problems, from mild to even severe cases, when properly diagnosed by an orthodontic specialist

How Does Invisalign Work?

Teeth, believe it or not, do not know the difference between metal or plastic.  If we apply a force to a tooth, it will move. It’s as simple as that. And thanks to 20 years of research and testing Align, Inc., Invisalign now allows orthodontist to deliver the appropriate amount of force in such a way that we can treat adolescents, teens, and adults with Invisalign and achieve the same results in less time, less discomfort, and with fewer visits.

When Invisalign was first introduced in 1997, the plastic was more rigid and, like all new technology (think of your first cell phone), there was much to be desired. Today, however, the clear aligners apply the appropriate amount of force to each tooth resulting in efficient movements with minimal discomfort.


Will I need goopy impressions?

Absolutely not. Gone are the days of taking multiple impressions thanks to the iTero Element intraoral scanner.  The digital scanner captures 6000 frames per second while creating a 3D model in real time. From there, the aligners are fabricated on digital models with customized tooth movements with greater accuracy.

What about elastics/rubber bands?

Elastics can be worn with aligners just as they are with braces to facilitate bite correction. They are prescribed the same as with braces and attach to either hooks, buttons, or cutouts on the aligners.

What are the benefits/advantages of Invisalign?

  • Less discomfort
  • Few visits
  • They can be removed to brush and floss
  • They are removed when eating, so no restrtictions on what can be eaten during treatment.
  • No loose brackets or poking wires
  • Aligners are virtually invisible, so no self-consciousness

How much does is cost?

Your orthodontic treatment will be customized to provide you with the best results possible. Despite the means by which you achieve your beautiful, healthy smile. This is why at LaHaye Ortho, Invisalign treatment will cost roughly the same as braces or other treatments. After all, it’s the results that matter. A variety of factors, such as complexity of treatment, duration of treatment, and specific treatment details, can affect your total investment. But we strive to make Invisalign affordable to everyone. You can get a beautiful, healthy smile for as low as your monthly cell phone bill.

Contact us today for a Complimentary Smile Assessment at LaHaye Orthodontics

Retainers - A patient's best friend

February 15th, 2019

If I asked you to wear a belt each night and guaranteed that you’d never gain weight, would you wear it? Or if you could put a lotion on your face each night and never wrinkle, would you be happy to comply?  Well great news – we can do just that to maintain healthy, straight teeth– with Retainers.

Teeth, like everything else, can and will change with time.  (Again, think wrinkles). That’s natural and normal. But we want to make the most of your investment in a beautiful smile. That’s where retainers play a critical role.

Types of retainers:

Bonded Retainers– these are typically bonded “glued” to the lower canines to maintain alignment of the lower front teeth.  They are NOT permanent, however. They can come loose if not properly cared for. We recommend these stay bonded for a lifetime unless a lower nighttime retainer is faithfully worn

Removable Retainers– Clear, plastic retainers are made to fit and hold all of the teeth. These are typically worn full time for at least 1 month, then just to sleep at night. As long as your retainer fits and is worn to sleep, your teeth should stay straight.

So when asked “How long should I wear my retainer?” - the answer is always “For as long as you want your teeth to be straight”

So wear your retainer each night and rest assured you know you’ll always have the smile you’ve always wanted.

And remember to always Keep on Smilin'


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