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Invisalign Compared to DIY Aligners

October 2nd, 2019

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Having a straight, beautiful smile gives a person confidence and boosts their self-esteem. Modern orthodontics offers elegant solutions for teeth straightening, including Invisalign. More recently, do-it-yourself (DIY) aligners have appeared on the market, claiming to do the same job without the office visits. The following will compare the two methods and help those looking for Invisalign in Queen Creek to make the right choice for their needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Invisalign

In the past, the only way to straighten teeth was wearing metal braces. While effective, metal braces can be uncomfortable, and they make daily oral care a challenge. Invisalign is a customized system of clear plastic aligners that gradually reposition the teeth. The aligners are made of a material called SmartTrack that allows for the right fit and avoids speech and slippage problems. When used as directed, Invisalign delivers the same results as traditional braces while offering flexibility and allowing for better mouth care during the treatment process, reducing the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay.

DIY Aligners

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A DIY approach to teeth straightening also utilizes plastic aligner technology, but it skips the orthodontist visits, which are an important part of a treatment plan. To begin the DIY method, the individual must visit a special shop to have dental impressions made or choose to receive an impression kit in the mail. The impressions are then sent off, the aligners are created and delivered right to the person's door. While these aligners may help to straighten teeth, they are also used without the supervision of an orthodontist or another experienced dental professional.

Why Choose Invisalign?

While DIY aligners are more convenient and less expensive, they do come with risk. The American Dental Association discourages the use of DIY aligners because of the complications that could arise during home treatment. A proper Invisalign in Queen Creek plan includes regular examinations, treatment planning, evaluations of progress, X-rays, prescription medication and a final assessment at completion. When the treatment course is not working effectively, the orthodontist can easily switch the patient to traditional braces or another method that may bring better results. In the end, it is better to work directly with an orthodontist for teeth straightening than it is to do it alone.


The experienced staff at Robison Orthodontics always available to answer questions and explore options for straightening teeth. Call today for a consultation.

Ten Reasons to Bring Your Teen to Robison Orthodontics for Invisalign Treatment

June 21st, 2018

If your teen needs braces, here are 10 reasons to consider San Tan Valley Invisalign at Robison Orthodontics.

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1. Invisalign is Proven
Based on a digital impression, the customized program straightens teeth without using metal braces. The product can be used on adult teeth as well.

2. Invisalign is Effective
Invisalign will straighten your teen's teeth in less time than metal braces without the social embarrassment and multiple appointments.

3. Invisalign Works Fast
As a parent, you are concerned with your teen's comfort level and progress during the straightening process. With Invisalign, you and your teen can see changes daily.

4. Invisalign is Less Painful
Traditional braces have metal brackets that rub against the inside of the mouth or break, requiring a visit to the orthodontist. The wires used with metal braces can also be a mouth irritant, poking or causing sores.

5. Teens Love to Wear Invisalign
Invisalign aligners must be worn up to 22 hours per day for optimal results. Since the product has compliance indicators built right in, you will know if your teen is staying with the program. If aligners are lost, it is very easy to get replacements. It is vital for your teen to have regular checkups to monitor progress and make needed adjustments.

6. Teens Feel More Confident with Invisalign
Teens can struggle socially and having to wear braces may present social embarrassment or limitations in extracurricular activities. Clear aligners are an excellent choice for those who play sports or participate in band and drama clubs.

7. Invisalign Reduces Office Visits
Metal braces have wires and brackets that often break, requiring trips to the dental office for repair. This can be costly if there has been a blow to the mouth from sports activity or some other cause.

8. Invisalign Allows for Normal Life Activities
Invisalign aligners are unobtrusive, allowing your teen to participate with confidence in school pictures and other activities. They also offer the benefit of easy removal for the enjoyment of favorite foods and regular brushing and flossing. This keeps the mouth healthier during the straightening program.

9. Invisalign is Covered by Insurance
If you have orthodontic insurance, you can be reimbursed for Invisalign at the same rate as other treatment plans. In the end, the cost for Invisalign is about the same as traditional braces.

10. Invisalign Teen Guarantee

This allows you and your teen to evaluate Invisalign for six months. If you decide it is not the right treatment for your child's teeth, you can switch to metal braces without additional cost.

If you are interested in Invisalign for your teenager, please schedule a consultation at Robison Orthodontics today.

What Should I Do If I Break Or Lose My Retainer?

February 11th, 2018

If a patient has lost or broken a removable retainer -- or if their dog has chomped on it, as sometimes happens -- they shouldn’t panic. They should simply call their Orthodontist in Mesa Az and make an appointment to be fitted with a new one as soon as possible. But things can get complicated when a fixed retainer is broken.

What's a Retainer?

The retainer is a device that helps the patient’s teeth and mouth sustain the improvements that they achieved while they were wearing braces or Invisalign. Some can be taken out, but others are fixed and should only be taken out by the orthodontist. When retainers are broken or lost, the teeth the patient or their parents paid a good bit of money to get straightened start to go back to their old, unwanted positions right away.

One problem about broken fixed retainers is that sometimes the patient doesn’t know that the retainer is broken until they examine their teeth one day and find that they're moving out of alignment. If the patient sees this, they should make an appointment with their orthodontist to have the retainer fixed or replaced.

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Of course, such accidents tend to happen on the weekends or at night or on vacation. In the case of a removable retainer, the patient can call their orthodontist, and ask that a new retainer be made along the lines of the old one. The good news is that the orthodontist probably has kept the patient’s retainer molds. The new retainer can be shipped down to the vacation spot, or the patient’s usual orthodontist can refer them to a local orthodontist. Following are other things to consider:

  • Have someone examine the fixed retainer to see if it's stable. A removable retainer can simply be taken out by the patient and examined.
  • The patient should not eat the types of foods they were forbidden to eat while they wore braces, such as foods that were hard or sticky.
  • The patient or their guardian can go to the drug store, and buy a mouth guard. This will protect a fixed retainer during the night, and keep the teeth stable.
  • If the patient has both fixed and removable retainers, it’s especially important to wear the removable retainers if the fixed ones are broken.
  • If the patient has sore spots in their mouth, they should rinse with warm salty water and an antibacterial mouthwash. This will fight bacteria that would take advantage of areas made vulnerable by the broken retainer.

Why Do Fixed Retainers Fail?

Fixed retainers fail because they are deliberately not made to be very strong. They need to be thin because of aesthetic concerns, to make it easy for the patient to take care of their teeth and to let the teeth move just a little bit in the periodontal ligament. This movement keeps the bone of the jaw strong. The glue that holds the retainer to the teeth can also deteriorate or even be damaged when the patient eats or even gets their teeth cleaned at the dentist.

So, don't panic over broken retainers, but make sure they are seen to as soon as practicable.

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