Germantown, TN Invisalign experts

Saddle Creek Orthodontics is your trusted expert at straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Germantown, TN, Collierville, East Memphis, and surrounding communities. For teens and adults who want the same results traditional braces provide, Invisalign could be the answer with more freedom and flexibility!

What does Germantown, TN Invisalign treatment entail?

The Invisalign transparent aligner system aligns teeth and improves oral health by using a series of clear, removable aligners. At your first consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth. From this, we build a customized aligner that is specific to your smile. The trays are made out of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly over the teeth. These trays are designed to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions. When used as directed, Invisalign has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.

What are the benefits of choosing Germantown, TN Invisalign treatment?

One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is that you can take them off. Because Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water, you’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. They’re also meant to be removed before brushing and flossing. This makes it much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which is especially important for orthodontic patients.

Removing the clear aligners also means you can avoid any food restrictions, which can be one of the most significant learning curves with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have to stop eating any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals to avoid staining and should be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.

There are no pesky wires with Invisalign aligners to poke out and irritate your mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments. Invisalign wearers can still expect to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, so that Dr. Kyle Fagala can be sure everything is progressing on schedule.

How does the Germantown, TN Invisalign system work?

The Invisalign system is pretty straightforward. Each aligner will be worn for about two weeks and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As you replace the aligners with the next one in the series, your teeth will move slowly but consistently until they reach their final desired positions.

During visits with Saddle Creek Orthodontics, we’ll make sure treatment is moving forward on schedule. Patients must keep up with changing the aligners on time and must also wear them as directed. This is the most crucial element to success with your Germantown, TN Invisalign! Your trays will be custom designed to fit your unique dental needs and will need to be changed frequently to keep up with the teeth’ shifting as they straighten. Skipping your appointments or not changing aligners as scheduled can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.

It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth, so it's hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. Though the average is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can differ from case to case and depends a great deal on patient compliance.

We estimate the average treatment time based on patients following the recommended guidelines by wearing their aligners at least 20-22 hours every day throughout treatment. Any deviation from this, however small, can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the plan.

To learn more about Germantown, TN Invisalign, or find out if you are a suitable candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule your free consultation.