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What Happens if I Lose My Aligner?

By | July 17th, 2019|Invisalign|

At Clearsmile Orthodontics, we know our patients live their definition of an active, full life every day. We’re thrilled that our patients range in age from children to seniors and we’re equally happy that our patients have such a wide range of lifestyles. Over the years, we’ve noticed that our patients are all vulnerable to the same thing. And that’s “life.” Life often brings many things to your doorstep that can make it impossible for you to keep track of or maintain your Invisalign clear aligners in good condition. Even though we give you a case to keep your Invisalign aligners in when you’re not wearing them, you may realize you neglected to put your aligners in the case when you removed them at lunch, leaving you to wonder where they are. While you may have been careful to put your aligners on the edge of the sink when you brushed your teeth, it doesn’t mean your dog didn’t sneak in to see how they fit his chompers…only to subsequently use them as a chew toy. […]

What Age is Best for Invisalign?

By | July 11th, 2019|Invisalign|

If you’re the parent of a teenager, think about what you saw at the last school function you attended with your child. Did you see parents casually covering their smiles with cocktail napkins only to see some of your kid’s friends quickly rub the underside of their noses when they grinned? Unfortunately, too many grown-ups and young adults have developed a near-reflexive reaction to cover their mouths when they smile. When you think about the behavior of your child’s friends when they were in elementary school, you probably don’t remember those same insecurities. Instead, you probably recall your kid’s buddies laughing open-mouthed with the reckless abandon you might miss dearly. It seems that many people grow increasingly aware of their smile as they get older, particularly during the years after they lose most or all of their baby teeth. Why is that the case? Peer pressure to have the perfect smile might be to blame. A loss of hope as permanent teeth fail to grow in properly may be another reason. No matter what your motivation might be, there’s no reason for you—or anyone else—to be ashamed of your smile. There’s also no reason for the majority of young and older adults to resign themselves to wearing braces to correct an imperfect smile. That’s because an alternative to braces has become readily available to people in most age groups in recent years. And that alternative is Invisalign. […]

5 Reasons Invisalign Is So Popular Today

By | July 1st, 2019|Invisalign|

If you have an imperfect smile for any reason, you might research treatments to straighten your teeth. In recent years, patients have been turning to Invisalign rather than traditional metal braces to fix their imperfect smiles. Like conventional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be used to address a variety of conditions, such as overbites, underbites and gaps, to name a few.   […]

How to Avoid Demineralization While Using Invisalign

By | June 24th, 2019|Invisalign|

In recent years, Invisalign has evolved into a viable alternative to traditional metal braces for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile. While every smile is beautiful—including imperfect ones—some people are shy about their smile or they’re quick to cover their mouths when they laugh. That’s a shame because a person’s smile should be a source of pride, not embarrassment.   […]

Can Invisalign Clear Aligners Get Stained?

By | June 19th, 2019|Invisalign|

It wasn’t too long ago that your only option to achieve a perfect smile was to get metal braces. While metal braces are still used today, a better option is now available to many patients. And that option is Invisalign.   What Is Invisalign? To put it simply, Invisalign is a discreet approach to straightening and repositioning your teeth. Invisalign treatment involves sets of clear aligners that you’ll wear for about two weeks at a time. Every few weeks, you’ll get a new set of aligners that will reposition your teeth that much further. […]

Will Invisalign Protect My Teeth from Being Knocked Out?

By | May 24th, 2019|Invisalign|

If you have an imperfect smile, you may be researching ways to improve it. People searching for information online will invariably come across discussions of metallic braces that are visible for the world to see. In recent years, Invisalign aligners have joined the conversation when it comes to correcting a smile that’s less than perfect. […]

How Does Invisalign Treatment Move Teeth?

By | May 17th, 2019|Invisalign|

How Does Invisalign Treatment Move Teeth? While millions of people around the world have already undergone Invisalign treatment to improve their smiles, many prospective patients still have questions about Invisalign. With metal braces having been the only treatment for so long, it only makes sense that people are curious about Invisalign clear aligners and how they move teeth successfully. […]

Are There Side Effects with Invisalign?

By | May 10th, 2019|Invisalign|

People who are unhappy with their smile for any reason often turn to the Internet to research treatments that can give them that “red carpet,” toothy grin. It wasn’t too long ago that you would have done a lot of reading about metal braces, wires and rubber bands when you researched treatments for improved smiles on the Internet. Things have changed since Invisalign clear aligners hit the market way back in 1997, however. With more than 6.4 million people around the world having undergone Invisalign treatment to date, including over 1.5 million teenagers, you can now read content about Invisalign aligners right along side material that discusses traditional braces. […]

5 Reasons Invisalign Is a Great Choice for Athletic Teens

By | April 28th, 2019|Invisalign|

Are you raising a teenager who plays sports competitively? If so, you probably take great pride in watching your child compete. It doesn’t matter if your teen scores the winning goal, makes an awe-inspiring defensive play or warms the bench. Having a teenager who plays sports is rewarding for parents and their kids no matter what. Just like you take pride in having a child who plays sports, you want your teens to be proud of their smile. That can be difficult for some kids, particularly those who have a smile that’s less than perfect. Today, treating a crooked smile for athletic teens is often different than treating one for kids who don’t play sports. This is especially true for teenagers who play contact sports like football or hockey. […]

How Does Invisalign for Teens Differ from Invisalign for Adults

By | April 25th, 2019|Invisalign|

There are plenty of things that can chip away at your self-confidence, but many of them will go away with time. A bad haircut will grow out, for example. Acne will clear up. Those extra pounds will fade away with some dietary changes and exercise. While you can control certain things like where and how your hair is cut and what you eat, some things are beyond your control. The position of your teeth is one thing you can’t control on your own. Unfortunately, a misaligned smile is a source of discomfort for too many people and it can negatively influence their self-esteem. […]