You’re ready for a new smile! But you’re less ready to step out at school, on the town, or into the office with shiny new hardware in your mouth. Fear no more! Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear aligners that are virtually invisible. The only thing people will notice is your straight new smile!
You may have seen popular ads for Invisalign on social media, but this is no mail-order gimmick. Your journey to straighter teeth is guided by the professional orthodontists here at Hodge Orthodontics. Invisalign has helped almost 10 million people achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Learn how it works in three steps:
Step One: Map Your Smile
Your first step for a straighter smile is to assess your current teeth alignment situation with an orthodontist. We use cutting-edge technology – the iTero Element scanner – to produce a 3D map of your teeth and identify misalignment issues. By creating a custom map of your current smile, we are able to design an Invisalign solution just for you. The process is quick, easy, and painless!
Step Two: Check the Fit with Your Doctor
When your Invisalign clear aligners arrive at our office, we schedule you for a fitting to ensure that they fit perfectly and are going to work efficiently to correct your smile. While you’re in the office, we review your straight smile plan and check for comfort, sizing, and the sequence of your aligners. You’ll already be smiling brighter in the office mirror knowing you’re on your way to straighter teeth.
Step Three: Wear Your Aligners and Check In Periodically
After your fitting, you’re off to the races! Wear your aligners as directed for a constant, comfortable smile straightener. At Hodge Orthodontics, we don’t throw you to the wolves at this point in the process. We’re your orthodontic care team for life – and we’re always here for you! You’ll be on your way to a straight, healthy smile in no time.
Invisalign solutions are designed using the latest technology for mapping your smile, but the customization doesn’t stop there! Your team at Hodge Orthodontics will design your smile every step of the way, giving you a picture of what your smile will look like when your Invisalign treatment is complete. Our iTero Element scanners map out the current shape and position of your teeth and our team builds the Invisalign solution to fit your smile and its progression.
Because your Invisalign system is designed just for you, there’s no need to visit the orthodontist to tighten or adjust braces and there’s no discomfort during these processes or in everyday use. Every step of your Invisalign journey is mapped out and designed to move your teeth into the most desirable position for a bright, straight smile with no discomfort and no hassle.
Invisalign is made of a patented material called SmartTrack. This medical-grade polyurethane blend provides constant, gentle force for a comfortable realignment of your teeth. A snug fit and firm design provides predictability in the straightening of your teeth and control of your tooth movements to keep your smile on track with the plan and map your orthodontist created at the outset of the process. Because of the design and implementation of Invisalign straighteners, some patients see even faster results than with traditional metal or ceramic braces.
Invisalign can treat the same conditions as traditional metal or ceramic braces, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Other alignment issues
Ready to start your journey to a straight, healthy smile? We can walk you through the Invisalign process or book an appointment to assess your smile and get you started! Contact us today to schedule your visit to one of our convenient locations for a consultation with Little Rock Family’s favorite orthodontist!
Living with Braces
Will my teeth hurt after I get braces?
They can. Most people experience some degree of discomfort after they get their braces. That usually goes away after 3 days. During that time, we recommend that you eat a soft diet. Mashed potatoes, pasta, hamburgers, and milkshakes are good examples of foods to eat on those first few days. You can also use any over the counter pain reliever to help relieve the discomfort.
How do I keep my teeth and braces clean?
It is very, very important that you keep your teeth clean whether or not you have braces. That alone can keep you from having most types of dental problems. It takes a little extra effort to keep your teeth clean when you have braces. Braces and wires can be food traps and it is very important that you remove any food residue with toothbrush and floss.
We recommend that you use a small head toothbrush with soft bristles. The small head makes is easier to remove plaque and food from hard to reach areas. The soft bristles are important to preserve your gums. A small proxy-brush, shaped like a christmas tree, is great to to remove food and plaque around the brackets and underneath the wires.
It is also very important keep flossing your teeth during orthodontic treatment. You can use floss threaders or orthodontic flossers to help you get the floss underneath the wires so that you clean below the gum line.
What happens if I don't keep my teeth clean?
Bad things can happen if you don’t keep your teeth clean while you’re in braces.
One of the most common problems we see is the development of white stains around the brackets. Those stains are mostly irreversible. They are the result of decalcification of the enamel and can progress to cavities.
Another common issues that can develop are red, swollen gums that bleed when touched. Those are signs that the gums are inflamed. In extreme cases, that inflammation can progress to the bones that hold the teeth and cause the teeth to get lose. If this condition is left untreated, it can cause tooth loss. Sometimes surgery is necessary to trim the gums that grew around the brackets.
What do I do if something breaks?
If a bracket breaks and it is still attached to the wire, give us a call at (501) 916 2545. We will schedule for you to come in and repair the broken bracket.
If the last bracket in the arch breaks and the wire is poking you, you can use fingernail clippers to trim the wire. That should keep you comfortable until you are able to come into the office to have the bracket repaired and the wire replaced.