Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign®
Some patients are apprehensive about straightening their smile because they do not want the burden of traditional braces with metal brackets and wires. However, at New Mexico Smile Center in Albuquerque, NM, we are dedicated to offering our patients the most convenient and advanced solutions. As such, we offer Invisalign®, the clear alignment system that allows patients to enjoy discreet treatment using nearly invisible trays. Dr. Steve Ollason is an Invisalign® Preferred Provider who can help you achieve the straight smile you desire.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic solution that utilizes clear trays to gently shift teeth into proper alignment. Typically, we will use our iTero® digital scanning system to take digital impressions for a comfortable, highly effective experience. These impressions will be used to create your series of customized trays designed for each stage of treatment.
Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic solution that utilizes clear trays to gently shift teeth into proper alignment.
Each set of trays is worn for about one to two weeks. Dr. Ollason will establish a treatment plan based on your needs. Every four to six weeks you will be seen by the doctor to ensure your teeth are aligning properly. A typical Invisalign treatment timeline can range from about 12 to 18 months.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are several advantages provided by the Invisalign system such as:
- Discreet Treatment
- Comprised of clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are far less conspicuous than traditional brackets and wires. As such, Invisalign caters to the social concerns of many of our teen and adult patients.
- Improved Comfort
- Unlike braces, these clear aligners have a smooth design. The edges and sides of the trays are rounded and refined for improved comfort. This feature can be especially beneficial for more active patients who partake in activities that carry a higher risk of injury.
- Reduced Time Commitment
- While treating misalignment with traditional braces often requires two to three years, many patients complete their Invisalign series in about half that time. Additionally, Invisalign patients typically attend fewer office visits.
- Removable Trays
- The aligners are removable, allowing patients to eat any foods they desire and maintain good oral hygiene since there are no wires and brackets creating hard-to-reach areas. However, it is important to note that patients should wear their trays 20 to 22 hours each day.
While Invisalign can provide some valuable advantages over traditional treatment, it is not the right solution for everyone. Dr. Ollason will review your specific case and needs with you during your first visit.
What Concerns Can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign is capable of treating a variety of concerns including:
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
- Asymmetrical smile
If you suffer from severe malocclusion, you may be better suited for traditional metal braces. Dr. Ollason will recommend the best treatment to help you achieve your smile goals.
Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?
Often, Invisalign is covered just as any other orthodontic treatment would be. If you do not have insurance, you can take advantage of our free Dental Benefits Program which offers treatment discounts. We also accept financing through CareCredit®.
Schedule Your Consultation
Straightening your smile can significantly increase your desire to smile at home, work, and play. Contact us online or by phone at (505) 275-1663 to find out if Dr. Ollason can help you achieve your smile goals with Invisalign.