Invisalign® – Green Hills, TN

If you’ve always wanted straighter teeth but dreaded the idea of have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires,
Invisalign clear aligners may be the perfect solution for you! They gently and effectively correct flaws in the
alignment of your smile, guiding it to its most comfortable and beautiful position. Just imagine finally having
straight teeth but without having to disrupt your usual routine! Contact our team today to schedule your
consultation with Dr. Cummings to get started.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign in mouth

After you and your cosmetic dentist in Green Hills decide that Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Cummings will take
impressions of your teeth to make a model. Your clear aligners will be custom made based on that model to be a
perfect fit for your mouth. Although some minor soreness is common during the first day or two, the alignment trays
should feel very comfortable. For the best results, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day.

About every two weeks, you’ll put in the next clear aligner, bringing you one step closer to straight teeth.
About every six weeks, you will need to come to our office so that Dr. Cummings can check on your progress and make
any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. After 12 to 18 months of treatment at most, you should have the
straight smile you’ve always wanted. It’s that simple!

Indications for Invisalign

hand holding Invisalign

Invisalign is a subtle, yet effective way to address mild to moderate alignment issues with your teeth and bite, such
as:

  • Crowded teeth.
  • Overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
  • Spaces between teeth.

At your consultation with Dr. Cummings, he can evaluate the severity of your alignment problems and guide you to the
treatment option that will best meet your needs.

Benefits of Invisalign

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Getting Invisalign in Green Hills has many benefits over traditional braces, including the following:

  • Because the aligners are elegantly transparent, nobody knows they’re there but you. No more unsightly
    metal brackets and wires! You will be able to keep smiling confidently while you straighten your teeth.
  • For many patients, Invisalign costs the same as traditional braces.
  • While braces can take between 24 and 36 months to achieve the final results, Invisalign usually requires only 12
    to 18 months.
  • It is easy to take care of the clear trays. Every night, just brush them with your toothbrush and toothpaste,
    rinse them off, and put them back in.
  • With Invisalign, you don’t have any food restrictions, unlike with braces. Simply remove the aligners to
    eat. Then brush your teeth and place them back in when you’re finished.
  • You can enjoy all your favorite activities with Invisalign. If you play contact sports, you don’t need a
    special mouth guard like you would with metal braces.

Cost of Invisalign Treatment

At Advanced Dental Health Center, we treat each patient uniquely according to their specific needs. As a result,
there is no one-size-fits-all price tag for Invisalign can vary from case to case. The primary determining factors
are the severity of your alignment problems and how long your treatment will take to resolve them. At your
consultation, we’ll take the time to go through all the financial information you need to make the right
decision for your smile.

Invisalign FAQs

invisalign faqs

Are you eager to learn more about Invisalign in Green Hills? We’ve put together a list of frequently asked
questions to help you understand some of the fine print involved in this treatment. Whether you want to know more
about caring for Invisalign, who is a good candidate, or what happens after the treatment is over, you’ll find
answers right here.

Besides Cleaning My Aligners, What Else Do I Need to Do to Care for Them?

It’s important that you only drink plain water when you have Invisalign in your mouth. Colored beverages can
stain the plastic, and hot liquids might warp it. Tobacco can also stain the aligners, so it’s best to avoid
smoking throughout your treatment period. When you’re not wearing your aligners, be sure to store them in
their designated case so an accident doesn’t bend or break them.

What If I Lose or Damage an Aligner?

Despite your best efforts to take care of your aligners, an accident may occur. We understand that this happens
sometimes, and we’re here to help! Give us a call, and we’ll recommend your next steps. We might advise
you to go back to wearing your previous aligner until you can receive a new one, or you might be able to move onto
your next aligner a day or two early.

Whatever you do, it’s important that you not try to force a damaged aligner onto your teeth. Not only would
that be uncomfortable, but it could also harm your teeth or other tissues in your mouth.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a suitable treatment for most teenagers and adults who suffer from rotated teeth, crossbite, overbite,
underbite, crowding, and improper spacing between the teeth. However, some orthodontic issues are severe enough that
they require traditional orthodontics. Dr. Cummings, your general and cosmetic dentist in Green Hills, will
thoroughly examine your mouth and let you know if Invisalign is able to address your specific alignment problems.

Also, keep in mind that Invisalign requires a measure of self-discipline. If you’re concerned that your
teenager may not wear their aligners as much as they should, it may be best to investigate other treatment options
for them.

I’ve Had Some Past Dental Work Done. Will that Affect My Candidacy for Invisalign?

Since Invisalign is designed to move individual teeth, it may not be right for you if you have bridgework in your
mouth. If you have crowns or veneers, however, it’s possible that Invisalign will work for you. The only way
to find out for sure whether this treatment is a fit for your unique circumstances is to visit our team for an
in-depth consultation.

How Can I Cope with Discomfort from the Aligners?

Your mouth may be a little sore when you switch to a new aligner. To make the transition as easy as possible, you may
find it beneficial to:

  • Switch to your new aligner at night so you can sleep through the first part of the adjustment period.
  • Sip plenty of cool water. When you’re not wearing your aligner, suck on an ice cube.
  • If your aligner has rough edges that irritate your gums, give us a call. We may have to adjust it slightly so it
    doesn’t damage your mouth.
  • Take over the counter pain medications as necessary.

Will People Really Not Notice the Aligners?

Invisalign is transparent, but it’s not completely invisible. Onlookers might see that your teeth have
something on them. Some patients require attachments to go with Invisalign, which are tooth-colored but still
visible. However, it’s safe to say that your orthodontic treatment will not be the first thing other
people notice about you. You won’t have any problems with maintaining your professional appearance.

What Payment Options Are Available?

We’re always willing to work with patients to make their treatment as affordable as possible. We’re happy
to file claims with most dental insurance companies, some of which cover orthodontic treatment, including
Invisalign. We can also help you apply for low- or no-interest financing that will allow you to break up the cost of
Invisalign into manageable monthly payments.

What Happens After I Finish Invisalign Treatment?

You’re going to love your new smile, so the last thing you want to do is compromise the results of your
treatment. That’s why it is important that you wear a retainer after you work your way through all of your
Invisalign aligners. At first, you’ll likely have to keep the retainer in your mouth full-time. After a while,
we may recommend that you wear the retainer only at night. Eventually, you may graduate to being able to wear the
retainer for just one or two nights a week.

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