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Clear aligners, options to comfortably and discreetly straighten teeth without braces

At the office of Douglas Hoppe DDS, our team strives to support the sustained health and beauty of our valued patients’ smiles. Additionally, we strive to provide a top-notch experience to individuals and their families in central Michigan from our comfortable and well-appointed office in Eaton Rapids.

The use of cutting-edge and innovative technologies, such as clear aligner therapy, helps to support this mission of optimal treatment and a comfortable patient experience. 

Invisalign®: A pioneer in clear aligners

Today, clear aligner therapy represents a category of orthodontic treatment. This type of treatment presents an alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment with braces. However, Invisalign® still distinguishes itself as the first clear aligner treatment. It was introduced back in the late 1990s as a means of correcting more modest, cosmetic spacing issues. Since then, Invisalign® has evolved to where it can treat both minor misalignment of the teeth as well as more extensive problems with the bite. A misaligned bite refers to imbalances between the opposing upper and lower teeth when you bite down or close your mouth. Common bite problems include overbite, when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth, and underbite when the lower teeth jut out past the upper teeth. 

In addition to presenting a cosmetic concern, misaligned teeth, and bites can present health concerns. Crowded teeth, for instance, are harder to clean properly. In turn, your teeth may be more vulnerable to dental decay. Furthermore, misalignment or malocclusion is associated with the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. So, we may be able to finally achieve lasting relief from chronic headaches, facial pain, and other health and quality of life-related concerns, in addition to achieving your most attractive “goal” smile. And we can do so without using “fixed” (non-removable) silver-colored braces made from metals. 

The Invisalign® process

Invisalign® involves wearing a series of clear aligners as directed by your dentist, Dr. Hoppe. The aligners are simply oral devices custom-fit to your mouth. They resemble whitening trays or retainers. Each aligner tray corresponds with a different step in the treatment process. So, it is important to wear them in the correct order and for the right amount of time, typically between one and two week(s). While the average patient wears between 18 and 30 aligner trays for a total treatment time of around nine to 15 months, the number of aligners required and the entire treatment is patient-specific. We account for factors such as the nature of your misalignment and the severity of the condition(s) to be treated with Invisalign® therapy.

The aligners themselves are made precisely with the use of sophisticated software. Due to 3-D modeling capabilities, Dr. Hoppe can even show you how your teeth will be repositioned throughout treatment. So, you get to see the results from treatment before the first aligner is even made! Plus, since the aligners are made from clear and smooth plastic, they are comfortable to wear and are invisible when you smile. Last but certainly not least, patients love how they can remove their aligners when eating meals and when brushing and flossing their teeth. This important feature of Invisalign® ensures that treatment does not disrupt your life or lead to other health problems, such as dental decay caused by oral hygiene challenges during orthodontic treatment. Call (517) 667-7066 today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Hoppe at our office in Eaton Rapids, MI.

Invisalign FAQs

What is Invisalign, and how does it work?

Invisalign is the leader in clear aligner orthodontics. It is a modern orthodontic procedure that, through the use of clear aligners, straightens teeth gradually. Invisalign clear aligners are custom-crafted for each patient using three-dimensional imaging technology. Invisalign clear aligners, when put over your teeth, apply gentle pressure to move your teeth into their optimal position and alignment. Invisalign patients in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, will receive a series of aligners, each slightly different from the last, which they switch out around every two weeks.

Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

Invisalign can address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, severe cases may still require traditional braces. In general, candidates for Invisalign should have healthy gums and teeth, be committed to wearing the aligners as directed, and be diligent about oral hygiene.

How long does Invisalign take?

The time taken will vary depending on the complexity of the patient’s orthodontic issue and their adherence to wearing the aligners. Patients who choose Invisalign will typically see an average of 12 to 18 months in duration. Our team will provide a personalized plan with estimated timelines based on your individual needs.

Can I eat what I want when using Invisalign?

A benefit that our patients love about Invisalign is that there is no need for dietary constraints. Unlike traditional braces, which can be damaged by certain foods, Invisalign aligners are easy to remove, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you like. However, it’s essential to remove the aligners before drinking or eating to prevent your aligners from becoming stained (except for drinking water).

Is there a set amount of time per day I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?

For optimal results, Invisalign aligners must be worn 20 to 22 hours daily. They should only be taken off when you need to eat, drink, or perform your oral hygiene routine (brushing and flossing). If you fail to wear your aligners for this prescribed amount of time (as directed by our team in Eaton Rapids, Michigan), your procedure can be prolonged, and the outcome could be affected.

Is Invisalign painful?

As with any orthodontic procedure, patients could experience some level of discomfort when first wearing a new set of aligners. This is due to the new pressure exerted on your teeth as part of the procedure. However, Invisalign is generally considered to be less painful than traditional braces. The discomfort usually subsides within a few days as your teeth adjust to the pressure from the aligners. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort during this adjustment period.

How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

Proper care and maintenance of your Invisalign aligners are essential for ensuring the success of your procedure. It is recommended that you cleanse your clear aligners regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush, followed by a rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid the use of hot water. This can result in your aligners becoming warped. Also, it is essential to keep your aligners in their case when not in your mouth.

For Excellence In Dental Care, Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Hoppe Today!

It does not matter if you are seeking preventive dental care in the form of a teeth cleaning and exam or more intensive dental care like a root canal or dental emergency. Douglas Hoppe DDS is here to make sure you get the care you need. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (517) 667-7066.

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