Invisalign

Invisalign.Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

At Myers Orthodontics, we strive to provide high quality, convenient orthodontic care to our patients while maintaining a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Dr. Myers and our expert team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to get to know every patient individually, crafting unique treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's personal orthodontic needs. We pride ourselves on using only the latest in advanced orthodontic technology, which is why we're excited to offer our patients Invisalign - an exciting alternative to traditional braces.

A Clear Difference

While most people think of a young teenager with a lattice of metalwork when they hear the word 'orthodontics,' Invisalign takes a different tact. Instead of using metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays, called aligners, to straighten the teeth. The aligners fit directly onto the dental arch, are completely removable, and are virtually invisible when worn. This confers a number of unique advantages over traditional braces:

  • Oral Hygiene: Because you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth, maintaining proper oral hygiene is as easy as ever - something critical for successful treatment.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Say goodbye to clunky metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is translucent, slim, and nearly invisible when worn, meaning almost no one will know you're straightening your teeth.
  • Dietary Flexibility: You'll take your aligners out when you eat, meaning that Invisalign comes with none of the dietary restrictions of traditional braces. You can still eat all your favorite hard, crunchy, or sticky foods without a worry!
  • Comfort: Invisalign doesn’t have pointy metal edges or wires that can cause irritation during treatment with braces, making for a more comfortable overall experience.
  • Built-In Night Guard: If clenching or grinding is a habit for you, your aligners serve double function as a lightweight guard to protect your teeth from wear.

While Invisalign used to be reserved for only a few minor orthodontic problems, advances in the technology now allow us to treat more conditions with Invisalign. In some cases braces will still be best, but we'll go over your case with you in detail to decide what the best option is for you.

How It Works

We'll start by taking detailed measurements of your mouth and bite, and use those measurements to build a fully realized 3D computer model of your mouth. Using that model, Dr. Myers will design a plan for moving your teeth into their optimal positions, then we'll custom-manufacture a series of Invisalign aligners to achieve that plan. You'll wear each set for two weeks for about 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss, before going on to the next stage. With each new set of aligners, your teeth will gradually move closer to their optimal positions - and before long, you'll have a brand new, beautiful smile!

Invisalign Teen

In addition to regular treatment, we're excited to offer our adolescent patients Invisalign Teen - a form of Invisalign that's customized to perfectly fit the teenage lifestyle. Invisalign Teen comes with special "eruption tabs" to hold the appropriate space open for any molars that have yet to grow in, and each aligner has a Blue Dot Wear Indicator, which demonstrates if it's being worn long enough or whether it needs to be worn more diligently.

Our teenage years are our growing years, and we know not all of our patients want to go with the traditional metal braces route. Choosing Invisalign Teen can alleviate the worries of having to eat your favorite foods cautiously, play your favorite sport or musical instrument with ease, and keep up your oral hygiene routine.

If you and your teen are onboard with Invisalign teen, the treatment process is simple. Dr. Myers and his staff will perform an orthodontic evaluation and determine the best course of action based on what problems, if any, exist. If Invisalign Teen is the right choice, Dr. Myers will use advanced digital imaging software to create a 3D model of your teen’s mouth and bite in order to design a treatment plan. The treatment will consist of custom-manufactured Invisalign aligners that will be worn for about two weeks each before moving to the next pair. Designed with teens in mind, each treatment course will also come with 6 replacement aligners free of cost in case of damage or loss. With each set of aligners, your teeth will get closer to achieving a gorgeous new smile!

Oral Hygiene During Treatment

One of the main benefits of Invisalign is its removability, making oral hygiene as easy as ever - but it's critical that you take advantage of this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal to avoid food particles getting trapped under the aligners and causing decay, and it's also important to brush and rinse your aligners every time you take them out and put them back in. With proper, conscientious care, you'll have a beautiful new smile that'll last you the rest of your life!

Contact Your Fountain City & Halls, TN Orthodontist

Have more questions or want to find out if Invisalign is right for you? We're here to help! Feel free to call us at (865) 687-6560, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Knoxville, TN office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous new smile with Invisalign!