What to Expect from Your First Invisalign Experience By Dr. Pinnix on June 04, 2012


Our South Charlotte dentists offer an alternative to traditional, metal braces with clear braces from Invisalign. Invisalign teeth straighteners are less painful, nearly invisible when worn, and can be removed for brushing the teeth. Patients who have had experience wearing these clear braces have many positive reviews of the process and results.Wed like to share what you can expect with Invisalign!

Before a patient can begin to wear Invisalign aligners, a Charlotte cosmetic dentist must examine the teeth, take X-rays and photographs, and create an impression of the teeth so the aligners can be made to fit perfectly. These steps are painless, similar to having X-rays of the teeth taken for a general dental exam. Once this information is collected, the dentist sends it to the company to have the patient's personalized clear braces from Invisalign made.

The Invisalign tray preparation process requires another visit to the dentist to have the teeth prepared for the delivered Invisalign trays. Some people may require some slight adjustments to be made to the teeth for the Invisalign trays to properly move the teeth into the correct position. People with overcrowded teeth will typically have their Charlotte cosmetic dentist add spaces to allow the teeth to move. This is a painless process that is typically done when the aligners are delivered.

The upper and lower Invisalign trays each come with their own storage case, but these trays should be worn for at least 20 hours every day. So, long-term storage is not needed. An instructional booklet will come with aligners, and most dentists in Charlotte will review this to ensure the patient understands how to care for the trays. A series of slightly different Invisalign trays will be needed. These usually are changed every two weeks as the teeth move into their new position.

When the new Invisalign trays are worn or when the trays are changed to the next set, the patient may feel some soreness in the teeth or mild pain, but this typically eases, and it is usually not upsetting to ones day. Other than this minor discomfort, Invisalign clear braces are painless to wear and begin with a painless fitting process.

Patients interested in Invisalign clear braces should contact our Charlotte cosmetic dentist office at 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.


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At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Spear Study Club
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • Invisalign® Certified Provider

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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