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Orthodontic Treatment in Woodbury, MN

Invisalign Compared to BracesAt Henseler Orthodontics, we're proud to provide comprehensive orthodontic treatment to the Stillwater and Woodbury, MN communities. As a leading practice in the area, we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments and work with patients ranging from young children to adults. Every patient is different, and we offer a number of treatments to help you achieve a new smile – including Invisalign.

Invisible Orthodontic Treatment

When most people think of orthodontics, they probably picture the metal lattice of brackets and wires that make up traditional orthodontic braces. Braces are the most popular orthodontic treatment we offer, and they are still an excellent option for many patients. However, with Invisalign, there's a new option on the market.

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners fit directly onto the dental arch, are virtually invisible when worn, and they can be popped in and out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. It is a new method to straighten your teeth – and more and more patients all over the country are choosing Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

Why choose Invisalign? When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign comes with many benefits:

  • Virtually Invisible: Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are almost impossible to see when worn. This means that whether you have an important presentation at work or a big social event, practically no one will notice you are getting orthodontic treatment.
  • Eat What You Want: With braces, you have to avoid sticky and crunchy foods, as they can damage your braces. But with Invisalign, you remove your aligners to eat, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite foods.
  • Improved Comfort: Invisalign aligners are smooth and lay flat against the teeth, minimizing the tiny cuts and scratches that come from braces.
  • Oral Hygiene: You remove the aligners to brush and floss, so maintaining oral hygiene is as easy as ever.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

The Invisalign treatment process is relatively simple. While every patient is different, your treatment will probably look something like this:

  • First, we will bring you in for your consultation. At that appointment, your Woodbury orthodontist will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth and identify any orthodontic problems.
  • If you and your orthodontist decide that Invisalign is right for you, your doctor take impressions of your teeth – essentially making a model of them – then use that to design a comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve a new smile.
  • We will then send the plan that you and our doctors have approved to Invisalign create your custom aligners.
  • You will wear each set of aligners 22 hours a day for about 2 weeks before switching to a new set. With each new pair, your teeth move closer to their final positions.
  • When you finish your last pair of aligners, your new smile is yours to keep!

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign teen wear indicatorInvisalign is a great treatment option for adults – but a new version called Invisalign Teen has been created specifically for teenagers. Invisalign Teen comes with many features designed to suit the teenage lifestyle. First, "eruption tabs" can be added to aligners, helping to hold space open for any teeth that have yet to grow in fully. Each aligner comes with a built-in compliance indicator, letting parents, doctors, and patients themselves know if the aligners are being worn long enough. And finally, every Invisalign Teen treatment course comes with 6 free replacement aligners, so there's no need to worry if any get lost or stolen. It is an excellent option for busy, socially-conscious teens!

How to Care for Teeth During Invisalign

How to Clean Invisalign Clear Aligners

With Invisalign, you will never have to worry about using cumbersome devices like floss threaders – but you will still have to take good care of your teeth. Remove your aligners and brush your teeth at least 4 times per day: once after breakfast, once after lunch, once after dinner, and once before bed. You will also need to floss daily, and you should brush your aligners every time you take them out. Occasionally, give your aligners a deep clean by leaving them in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet. With proper care, your aligners will help you achieve a healthy, beautiful new smile!

Schedule a Consultation with Your Stillwater, MN Orthodontist

If you are ready to take the next step towards a more beautiful smile, the team at Henseler Orthodontics would be thrilled to help you. Contact us today with any questions or feel free to request an appointment online at one of our offices. Working together, we will help you achieve a beautiful new smile that lasts you the rest of your life!

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