Invisalign clear aligners - Adult, Teens, Kids

Invisalign for Adults in Lakewood

Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics nearby Lakewood offers an alternative solution to straightening your teeth in a less conspicuous, nearly  invisible approach. For some, traditional braces aren't suitable for them, particularly in a professional or social setting, as the wires and brackets could affect the way they talk or interact with people. Invisalign clear aligners offer the ability to show off your teeth and give you that confidence to smile without worrying about the brackets and wires of traditional braces. Invisalign also works great for Child orthodontics.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. T.C Hardy to find out the best treatment for you, contact our office today.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is a type of orthodontic treatment that straightens the teeth by wearing a system of clear plastic aligners on the upper and lower jaws. Invisalign are like Clear Braces which offer a more discreet look and feel, but that’s where their similarities end. These aligners are removable; therefore, patients can remove it when brushing, eating, or speaking. We will provide a set of clear aligners that you need to wear for two weeks. These aligners are designed to exert force on your teeth and make minor movement to correct orthodontic problems such as crossbite, Underbite, and overbite. The aligners have served its purpose after two weeks and then you'll be given a new set. You'll be wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks until the teeth have been straightened.

Invisalign clear aligners are made from clear BPA-free plastic; therefore, they are more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

How long does Invisalign take?

During an initial consultation, Dr. T.C. Hardy will take an impression of your teeth. He will create a unique treatment plan for you that is based on the impression made of the teeth. You'll be getting custom-made, clear aligners to take home with you afterward. You are required to wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day for two to three weeks before you move on to the next set of aligners. These series of aligners will shift your teeth gradually until the desired position is made. You can remove these aligners when necessary, like when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.

Most patients do not experience discomfort or pain with their Invisalign aligners. The number of treatment aligners required and the duration of the treatment depends on the individual's needs. On average, patients will need 18 up to 30 aligners for a period of 9 to 15 months to achieve the desired results. Dr. T.C. Hardy will assist you with your progress throughout the Invisalign treatment period.

Invisalign offers the ability to show off your teeth and confidently smile without worrying about the brackets and wires that traditional braces have. With Invisalign clear removable aligners, Dr. T.C. Hardy can help to gradually position the teeth in the desired location and improve the issues of your bite without the hassles of metal braces. Adults can wear Invisalign, but it is up to the orthodontist to decide whether it is the right treatment for you. After an examination and x-rays of your teeth, your orthodontist will decide the proper treatment for you. Choose Invisalign to correct your smile without anyone noticing it!

Check out Do's and Don'ts of Invisalign Treatment.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are plenty of Advantages to an Invisalign treatment. This includes:

  • Transparent, making it invisible to the naked eye.
  • It can be removed when you eat, drink, brush or floss your teeth.
  • Less time needed to sit in a dentist's chair compared to traditional braces.
  • Easier to clean; thereby, preventing tooth decay.
  • Shorter treatment time.

More teenagers are already shifting to Invisalign to correct the alignment of their teeth because the process of straightening the teeth using traditional metal braces affects the way they eat, speak, and in keeping their teeth clean. Metal braces are also known for causing self-confidence issues, and it can often lead to them being embarrassed when wearing them. Dr. T.C. Hardy offers Invisalign teen to teenagers who want to straighten their teeth without the disadvantage of traditional metal braces.

Invisalign Teen is a version of Invisalign that is designed to deal with the unique needs of teenagers. Using the system of clear, custom-fit aligners, this orthodontic method of correcting crooked teeth, unevenly-spaced teeth, or bite issues allows the patients to speak, eat, drink and clean their teeth without a problem. Because the aligners can be removed, Invisalign Teen also will enable teens to remove it and wear mouthguards when participating in sport or remove the aligners when playing a musical instrument. Our patients at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics enjoy the benefits of what Invisalign Teen can offer. They can achieve a straighter and more beautiful smile with less of an impact in their daily lives.

Invisalign is not yet available for kids, but there are Dental braces kids option that works best for children.

What is Invisalign First

To achieve a beautiful smile needs a variety of dental treatments to treat dental issues early in childhood even before all the teeth have erupted. Invisalign First is the latest innovation of Invisalign aimed at treating the oral health conditions of children. Invisalign First lets children use Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth. It is an early orthodontic treatment which offers children alternative to traditional metal braces.

Invisalign First is designed to correct a wide range of teeth-straightening issues such as tooth crowding, arch development, tooth protrusion, narrow dental arches, and spacing to improve the appearance of the child's teeth. The trays are different from the original Invisalign, as is made to expand the jawline of growing children gradually. By expanding the arch to its desired position, skilled orthodontists such as Dr. Timothy D. Hardy can correct more serious oral health issues in the future.

Why Invisalign First?

Invisalign First is a kind of Phase One treatment, and it is aimed to correct the positioning of the growing jaw. Its main feature is to assist with dental arch expansion and creating room for developing teeth. Invisalign First can be used to correct various orthodontic issues such as:

  • Correct thumb sucking and improve minor speech issues.
  • Create space for crowded teeth.
  • Correct tooth protrusion or interferences.
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arch.
  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw.

What is Phase One?

As your child grows, their teeth grow with them. This is the best time to have an early orthodontic treatment even if they still have their baby teeth. This is known as the Phase 1 treatment. Children aged 6 to 10 are eligible for this treatment.

The goal of phase 1 treatment is to develop young jaws and arches to have enough room for permanent teeth to grow.

How Invisalign First Works

Invisalign First works by expanding your child's jawline, also known as dental arch expansion. Through dental arch expansion, your child's teeth are pushed to increase the dental arch's width.

This procedure starts with a consultation to know if Invisalign first is the right treatment for your child. If it is, your dentist can begin to take pictures and impressions of your child's teeth. The data gathered are sent to the lab where a custom Invisalign First will be made for your child.

Your child may need to wear one to two aligners, and this is depending on their oral health condition. There are certain conditions where the child will need to wear attachment to help direct the clear retainer device's pressure to the teeth.

Invisalign express/Lite is specifically made for people who have less spacing and teeth crowding issues. It can typically be faster and more affordable. Use of retainer is expected once the aligners have been completed in order to keep your teeth in their new and improved position. Retainers can be cemented to position or removable. Retainers need to be worn every day for a while until you’re allowed to only wear them at night.

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Invisalign First - for Kids!

What is Invisalign First

To achieve a beautiful smile needs a variety of dental treatments to treat dental issues early in childhood even before all the teeth have erupted. Invisalign First is the latest innovation of Invisalign aimed at treating the oral health conditions of children. Invisalign First lets children use Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth. It is an early orthodontic treatment which offers children alternative to traditional metal braces.

Invisalign Frist is designed to correct a wide range of teeth-straightening issues such as tooth crowding, arch development, tooth protrusion, narrow dental arches, and spacing to improve the appearance of the child's teeth. The trays are different from the original Invisalign, as is made to expand the jawline of growing children gradually. By expanding the arch to its desired position, skilled orthodontists such as Dr. Timothy D. Hardy can correct more serious oral health issues in the future. 

Why Invisalign First?

Invisalign First is a kind of Phase One treatment, and it is aimed to correct the positioning of the growing jaw. Its main feature is to assist with dental arch expansion and creating room for developing teeth. Invisalign First can be used to correct various orthodontic issues such as:

  • Correct thumb sucking and improve minor speech issues.
  • Create space for crowded teeth.
  • Correct tooth protrusion or interferences.
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arch.
  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw.

What is Phase One?

As your child grows, their teeth grow with them. This is the best time to have an early orthodontic treatment even if they still have their baby teeth. This is known as the Phase 1 treatment. Children aged 6 to 10 are eligible for this treatment.

The goal of phase 1 treatment is to develop young jaws and arches to have enough room for permanent teeth to grow.

How Invisalign First Works

Invisalign First works by expanding your child's jawline, also known as dental arch expansion. Through dental arch expansion, your child's teeth are pushed to increase the dental arch's width.

This procedure starts with a consultation to know if Invisalign first is the right treatment for your child. If it is, your dentist can begin to take pictures and impressions of your child's teeth. The data gathered are sent to the lab where a custom Invisalign First will be made for your child.

Your child may need to wear one to two aligners, and this is depending on their oral health condition. There are certain conditions where the child will need to wear attachment to help direct the clear retainer device's pressure to the teeth. Learn How invisalign works.

How much Invisalign Cost?

Cost for Invisalign can range from $3,500 to $8,000; however, Insurance may help pay up to $2000 for invisalign costs. This price includes retainers. On average, Invisalign Clear Aligners cost less than traditional/Metal braces. Payment plans usually start at $89 per month.

How much does Invisalign Cost? It is usually priced a bit higher than regular braces.

The cost will vary from case to case & factors that may contribute to the amount you might pay for this service. The cost also affects the needed Attachments for your treatment. Factors include:

  • your oral health needs and how much work must be done
  • your location and the average prices in your city
  • how much your insurance plan will help cover

Contact us to find out the average cost and how much we charge.

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Invisalign aligners: Lakewood, CO - Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

An essential step for treating your orthodontic problems is to find a skilled and reputable orthodontist that you can trust. Many general dentists are offering Invisalign Teen and other orthodontic services, but an orthodontist is the perfect professional for this kind of task. Orthodontists have spent 3 more years in dental school to earn advanced education and training in a specialized orthodontic residency program. They are 100% committed to orthodontic treatment. Dr. T.C. Hardy has trained extensively in correcting misaligned teeth, adjusting occlusion (the way teeth fit together), and correcting jaw disorders at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he completed his studies in orthodontics. See Before and After pictures of his work.

Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics takes pride in our ability to work with both children and adults of all ages in Lakewood, CO. We make sure that you are comfortable during the visit and make you feel at home. Our goal is to provide children with a positive experience while perfecting their smiles. We are near you. Feel free to ask questions about how orthodontics can correct your smile, or if you are interested in Scheduling an appointment, or Meet Dr. T.C. Hardy!

Invisalign FAQ

What are Invisalign aligners made of and what do they look like?

Invisalign clear aligners are made from transparent polyurethane plastic. It is made from a specially-patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack. SmartTrack is made specifically for Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign won't have any brackets or wires showing your teeth as it uses transparent aligners. Visit Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics to learn more about Invisalign.

How will Invisalign treatment straighten my teeth?

Invisalign is made to straighten your teeth. The aligners are made from the computer-generated images and impressions taken from your mouth by the dentist and their team. There will be a simulation for you to see how your teeth will progress in the future. Dr. T.C. Hardy, DDS will create a digital treatment plan that will map out the teeth' exact movements. Traditional braces use brackets and wires to put the teeth into alignment. Invisalign uses a series of molds to align the teeth in months to apply force at the right place at the right time. Your dentist will monitor your progress to ensure the aligners fit as planned.

Can I go to any dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign treatment?

Most dentists and doctors are trained for Invisalign treatment. Those who can perform an Invisalign treatment must have have been prepared for this procedure. Visit our Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office to find out if you are qualified for the treatment.

How long will treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on various factors. One of the factors that affect treatment length is how complicated the patient's case is and how often the patient is wearing hir or her aligners. On average, the treatment can last for 12 to 18 months, but it is possible to see visible results in weeks.

How often will I change aligners?

Your orthodontist will advise how often you should change your new aligners. Typically, dentists recommend changing aligners every week or every other week.

How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?

Wear your aligners for 22 hours every day, take them out only when eating, or clean your teeth.

Do Invisalign clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

No. The aligners are made of medical-grade thermoplastic polymers. The materials used for these aligners have a long history of FDA approvals and safe to be used in your mouth for a long time. Various tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility and have passed the regulatory requirements for it to be worn inside the mouth.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign treatment?

It is possible to switch to Invisalign treatment. Doctors are treating some of their patients and often combine braces with Invisalign aligners treatment. Ask your doctor if this method will work for you.

I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign clear aligners work with them?

It depends on your current condition. Talk to your orthodontist about any dental work that has been done to you and evaluate your needs.

Can I take my aligners off whenever I need to?

Yes. You can remove it when you eat, drink, floss, brush your teeth. You can also take them off during special occasions such as job interviews or playing an instrument. Remember to wear it at least 22 hours a day to achieve the desired results.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Invisalign works by applying gentle, constant pressure to move your teeth. However, some people may feel discomfort, especially in the first few days of wearing it. People often describe it as pressure, and it is a sign that the treatment is working.

Will wearing Invisalign clear aligners affect my speech?

It will take a couple of days to get used to the invisible aligner in your mouth. You should be able to speak normally after a few days.

Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

No. Gums will stick to your aligners. We recommend removing the aligners even when you're just eating snacks, or in this case, gums.

How can I straighten my teeth without braces?

If you have minor problems such as malocclusion, overcrowding, underdeveloped palate, or narrow upper jaw, you can straighten the teeth without braces. Your orthodontist will determine the best treatment for you without needing braces.

 

Invisalign Near Me

Picking a dentist near your work, school, or home is essential, particularly if you are trying to save time and money. Expect that there will be additional treatment or follow up appointments in addition to routine visits. Having your dental office nearby will make things easier. Look for a specialist who has excellent reviews for Invisalign and the one you'll feel comfortable working with.

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