Invisalign®: The removable, discreet alternative to braces in Alpharetta, GA

Metal brackets, fixed to teeth and threaded through wires, used to be the only path to straight teeth and a balanced smile. Orthodontics or other dental professionals would tighten the wires at different stages throughout treatment, which encourages repositioning of the teeth. Patients generally “re-learned” how to brush their teeth (around brackets and wires), and how to eat with metal hardware in their mouths.

While conventional braces remain a precision, effective way to correct poor bite and misalignment, Bella HanonoFamily Dentistry offers both traditional braces and modern alternatives from her office in Alpharetta, GA. Invisalign® represents one of those alternative treatments; specifically, it is among those systems that uses a series of removable oral appliances (or aligners) to gradually straighten teeth, comfortably and conveniently. Additionally, these aligners are made from see-through plastic. So, they don’t stick out in your mouth like conventional silver-colored metal hardware.

Your Invisalign® consultation awaits

Invisalign® treatment, like other orthodontic treatments, starts with an evaluation at our office. If Dr. Hanono thinks you are a great candidate for Invisalign®, she will use specialized software to create a digital model of your mouth. In fact, she can even show you how your smile will look at every stage of treatment, using computer simulation technology. This model also guides the fabrication of your aligner trays. Contact us today to get started!

What are the key benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces?

The primary advantages of Invisalign are what make them a popular choice for patients in the Alpharetta, Georgia, area and beyond. This treatment does not require metal appliances and instead uses clear aligner trays to reposition the teeth and achieve proper alignment. They are comfortable to wear, easy to place in and out of the smile, and are practically invisible–hence the name! Patients find that Invisalign also allows them to eat and drink their favorite foods, thanks to the ability to remove and replace the aligner throughout the day. And with proper compliance, most of our patients at the office of Dr. Bella Hanono will be able to achieve results in 12 months or less.

Are there any dietary restrictions while undergoing Invisalign treatment?

Because the Invisalign trays are removable by the patient, food restrictions are now a thing of the past! Traditional braces often limit certain foods that are sticky or hard as they could break the wires or brackets on the teeth. But with Invisalign, the trays can be removed so you can enjoy popcorn, taffy, and gum!

What should I do if I lose or damage an aligner?

Suppose you experience damage to an aligner that you are currently using or that is next in your treatment plan. In that case, it is crucial that you call the team at Bella Hanono Family Dentistry, advise Dr. Hanono of the issue, and come in for a replacement tray. Skipping trays can change the course of treatment and can cause extra discomfort in the teeth if you try to move to the next aligner too soon.

Will I need to make frequent visits to the dentist during Invisalign treatment?

With traditional braces, patients have to visit their orthodontist regularly to adjust the guide wires and evaluate progress. However, with Invisalign, with proper compliance, progression is reliable and predictable with the specialized digital software used to create the series of trays. Skipping aligners or not wearing the aligners as directed can extend the time needed to achieve the results. It may also cost more if additional aligners need to be fabricated to get the treatment back on track.

How do I track my progress during Invisalign treatment?

Each time you visit Dr. Hanono, she will evaluate your smile and monitor the progress you are achieving using your Invisalign trays. We can show you digital images of your smile before you start treatment so you can compare how far along you have come with treatment since you began!

What happens if I don’t wear my aligners as directed?

Not wearing your aligners as directed can delay treatment results and cause extra costs to be incurred to create new trays or repair current ones. We advise patients to wear their trays for at least 20 hours each day and only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. If you do not believe you or your child will be able to comply with treatment, Invisalign may not be appropriate. During an initial consultation with Dr. Bella Hanono of Alpharetta, Georgia, she will discuss these concerns and ensure patients are good candidates for treatment before they begin.