Invisalign® – Green Hills, TN

The Clear Leader in Straightening Teeth

Invisalign in mouth

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, restoring it to its most comfortable and beautiful position. Just imagine finally having straight teeth but without having to disrupt your usual routine.

Why Choose Invisalign

hand holding InvisalignGetting 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.

How Invisalign Works

smiling womanAfter you and 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 about 12 to 18 months of treatment, you should have the straight smile you’ve always wanted. It’s that simple!

How to Get Started

If you’re interested in Invisalign in Green Hills either for yourself or your teen, feel free to call our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Cummings. He can answer any questions you may have about Invisalign and use our advanced digital technology to show you what your teeth could look like after treatment. We can’t wait to help you make your straight smile a reality. Give us a call today!

Invisalign FAQs

smiling womanAre 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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