Invisalign in Calgary
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two of our most popular orthodontic treatments. An experienced and skilled orthodontist for almost 20 years, Dr. Warren Cohen leads his friendly team to offer patients this effective orthodontic treatment that will create the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always dreamed of. The Invisalign option is an alternative to clear or metal braces and uses clear, removable aligners that are nearly invisible. If you are interested in Invisalign or the Invisalign Teen and would like to know the treatment options that could help straighten your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen at Surrideo Orthodontics.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
The Invisalign System straightens teeth by using a progressive series of customized clear aligners created by 3-D imaging technology. Dr. Cohen will custom-fit these clear, flexible plastic trays to your exact specifications to be worn one set at a time for 22 hours a day to incrementally shift your teeth into their new, desired position. The aligners are changed to a new set about every two weeks. They are easily removed for eating, brushing and flossing but need to be worn at all other times in order to complete your orthodontic treatment as quickly and effectively as possible. We even offer special aligners just for our Calgary area teens, called Invisalign Teen! Invisalign can help correct a number of common orthodontic problems, such as spacing, crowding and more, to help you achieve your dream smile.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign Teen and Invisalign for adults in the Calgary and Calgary Southwest areas love the Invisalign system because, unlike braces, it straightens your teeth without anyone having to know that you’re going through orthodontic treatment! Other benefits of this treatment include:
- No limitations on what to eat or drink
- Easy to maintain proper oral hygiene
- Comfortable with little or no gum or mouth irritation
- Treatment is often faster than traditional braces
- Special Invisalign Teen aligners include a sensor to track the number of hours you wear your aligners
The Invisalign Process — Step-by-Step
- Initial Consultation
The first step to starting Invisalign treatment is to schedule a consultation at our office located in Calgary. During the exam, Dr. Cohen will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen. Invisalign is a good treatment option for many different types of bite problems. We are happy to answer any questions before, during, or after your consultation about treatment plan options, cost, length, etc.
- Dental Records
As part of the process, we will take records using our in-office digital technology including photographs, a digital scan with our iTero scanner and two x-rays. These records are used to create a 3D image of your bite and a custom treatment plan. This plan will map out how your teeth will move with each set of aligners and into their final positions.
- Treatment Begins
Once the aligners are created, you will begin wearing your first set. For the best results, your aligners should be worn 20-22 hours every day throughout treatment. There will be a small adjustment period as you become accustomed to speaking with the aligners and the pressure they place on your teeth. The plastic is smooth and the aligners are removable, so there will be little interference in your day-to-day activities.
- Every One to Two Weeks Change Aligners
You will wear a set of Invisalign aligners for one to two weeks at a time. Every new set of aligners is created so that the teeth are slightly straighter than they were in the previous set. This means when you put a new tray in, the aligner is shaped for teeth that are slightly straighter than your teeth actually are. This puts slight pressure on your teeth, and over the course of one to two weeks, the pressure will move your teeth so that they match the tray.
- Retention Phase
Once you complete your final set of aligners, it is time for the retention phase. You will start by wearing your retainers full time, and Dr. Cohen will make the decision on when you can cut back to wearing them only during sleep. Our body is always changing, including our teeth. We put a lot of pressure on our teeth when we chew, grind our teeth, and perform everyday actions. The retention phase will help maintain all of your hard work and efforts for a healthy, beautiful smile.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
At Surrideo Orthodontics, we are happy to welcome new patients! If you are experiencing bite problems or are unhappy with your smile and think that Invisalign is for you, the first step is to contact us for your free consultation. You’ll learn more about the Invisalign process and see if this treatment fits your particular situation. Call our Southwest Calgary office at (403) 282-7878 or request an appointment online today! We look forward to creating your perfect, beautiful smile!