Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces
If you want straighter teeth without wearing braces, consider Invisalign®, the leader in clear aligner orthodontic technology.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a series of clear trays, or aligners, that fit snugly over your upper and lower teeth. Every one to two weeks you’ll switch to a new set of aligners that shift your teeth slightly closer to the correct position. These gradual movements are more comfortable than straightening with braces, plus, since the aligners are removable, it’s so much easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment.
There are health benefits to having straight teeth
Yes, straight teeth look great, but did you know that you can also prevent costly dental and medical problems by having your teeth in the correct position?
Most people think of teeth straightening as a cosmetic procedure. Here at Barton Dental, we know that it’s much more than that. Having straight teeth is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. You might think that it doesn’t matter that your teeth are crooked because they don’t bother you, but teeth need to be in the correct position to function correctly and last your entire life.
Over 80% of the population has some degree of crowding in their mouth. Depending on how severe the crowding is, misaligned teeth can contribute to several other dental problems including:
- Chipped and unevenly worn teeth.
- Food traps between teeth.
- Increased risk of cavities in areas that are difficult to keep clean.
- Increased risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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Am I too old to start Invisalign?
There’s no age limit to having healthy, straight teeth. Invisalign is designed for all ages. There are very few cases that cannot be treated with Invisalign. Even if your teeth are extremely crooked, you can come in for a consultation. If we feel that you have a very complicated case, we’ll refer you to an orthodontist who is specially trained to treat complex straightening cases. Chances are, Invisalign could still be a good option for you.
Your teeth will be more out of alignment in a few years than they are today.
Teeth continue to shift throughout your life. The longer you wait to straighten them, the longer you’ll be in treatment. It’s easier, faster, and costs less to straighten your teeth when they only need a small amount of adjusting. If your teeth are very crooked, don’t worry, Invisalign is the easiest, most comfortable way to achieve the look and feel you want.
We Have A Beautiful Solution For Your Health
We’re proud that we’ve helped hundreds of patients improve their smiles. We can show you how to achieve not only a gorgeous cosmetic smile but also achieve great oral health so you can keep your teeth your whole life. Nothing boosts confidence like a beautiful and healthy smile!
Ready for a consultation? Call us and schedule an appointment to find out how your smile can be as beautiful and healthy as possible. We’re ready to see you!
Starting Treatment: What To Expect
The goal of straightening teeth is to provide a great foundation for your mouth to stay healthy for your entire life. When teeth are in the correct position, they function properly and are at lower risk for chipping and breaking.
Planning Your Treatment
Your first appointment will be to collect images of your mouth. This might include x-rays and/or a digital scan. This information is sent to Invisalign® and used to determine how many aligners you’ll need and how long your total treatment will take. Invisalign® will also send a digital representation of your tooth movements, so you’ll be able to see what your new smile will look like!
Starting Invisalign® Treatment
The doctor will place small dots of tooth-coloured material on some of your teeth. This helps the tooth movements be very precise. You’ll be given your first set of aligners to try in and wear for a week or two. Once you’re adjusted to wearing your aligners and the doctor has determined that all looks well, you’ll be given more sets of aligners to take home and change as directed by your dentist.
During Invisalign® Treatment
You’ll have regular visits with the dentist to ensure your treatment is going well. Approximately every six weeks the doctor will evaluate your bite and give you the next few sets of aligners to switch into. This is really what sets Invisalign® apart from other clear aligner brands. Your dentist is watching closely to make sure treatment is going as it should. You’ll avoid costly and uncomfortable problems that can occur if you’re not under the watch of an experienced dentist.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost In Hamilton?
Depending on whether your dental insurance covers the cost of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® typically averages $3,000 to $6,000. After an exam and evaluation of your bite, we will be able to give you a more accurate quote. It’s impossible to give an accurate quote over the phone without an in-person exam. Every patient is different and has their own unique case.
The total cost of your Invisalign® treatment depends on a few factors. Here are the main things that are taken into account that will affect the overall cost:
- The general health of your mouth. Do you need other dental treatment before starting orthodontic treatment?
- How crooked your teeth are in the beginning.
- How long the treatment time will be.
The best way to find out how long treatment will take and how much it will cost is to come in and have a consultation. Talk to us about your wants and needs and we’ll help create a treatment plan that works for both your oral health goals and your budget. Don’t worry, we can find a solution. Don’t let something as treatable as crooked teeth hinder your confidence and your health. We’re here to help!
How does Invisalign compare to Smile Direct Club?
A common question we get asked all the time is how does Invisalign compare to Smile Direct Club? CBC News did an undercover investigation on what patients were promised vs. what the results actually were. Check out their findings in the video below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Invisalign is both more comfortable and more discrete than braces. The clear custom-fit trays are hardly noticeable and most people won’t even realize you’re wearing them. Plus, they can be removed for important presentations or dates! The clear trays are also smooth against the inside of your mouth and don’t pinch or scratch like the brackets from braces. If your trays rub on your gums, they can be easily adjusted. Invisalign trays exert a gentler pressure compared to braces and only shift a few teeth at a time. That makes Invisalign orthodontics far more comfortable than conventional methods.
Invisalign makes changes to your teeth very gradually. Minor changes can be made in a few short weeks with little discomfort, and more complex changes can occur over a longer span of time to ensure you stay as comfortable as possible. There may be some discomfort, but if your Invisalign hurts, let us know.
On average, it takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months for your teeth to move into the correct position with Invisalign. Most people start noticing some movement, however, within the first 6 weeks after getting their first set of aligner trays. The more changes you would like to see, the longer it will take no matter what orthodontic option you choose.
Twice a day, remove your tray and clean it and your teeth before putting it back in. If you take your aligner out at any time, always rinse it before you put it back in, and try not to let it sit in open air when you aren’t wearing it. You may soak your aligners in denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals and carefully rinse them before putting them back in your mouth. Do not eat or drink with your trays in, and do not use toothpaste to clean your trays. We will provide you with detailed home care instructions when you receive your first trays.
Don’t eat with your aligners in your mouth. If you expose your aligners to the strong chewing forces that your teeth are trained to exert, you can damage or even crack your aligners, plus it’s just messy and not easy to eat with Invisalign in your mouth.
Yes, even when you sleep. They should be worn all day and night, except when eating and drinking. Your clear aligners won’t work if they’re not constantly shifting your teeth over time, which means you’ve gotta wear them!