Roger: Hey, everybody. Roger here, with Dr. Shannon Creasman, and we're going to talk to you today a little bit about Invisalign. So, Dr. Shannon, what exactly is Invisalign?
Dr. Shannon: Invisalign is a tool that we have that allows us to take teeth that are maligned or crooked using a series of clear trays or aligners to help improve the smile and enhance the smile over a period of time.
Roger: How long does something like that take to straighten teeth?
Dr. Shannon: Well, generally trays are worn about two weeks a piece for each set of trays. Obviously, it depends on the amount of movement and the goals of the case as to the total length of time required. It can range anywhere between a couple of months even to 18 to 24 months.
Roger: Why should somebody choose Invisalign, you know, over something like braces?
Dr. Shannon: Well, we actually have a lot of people who come to see us because they want to improve or enhance their smile, but they don't want to go through traditional orthodontics. That's where Invisalign can come into play, and there are a lot of advantages to having them. Obviously, we have clear, nearly invisible trays that can be used. They're very smooth, and comfortable, and easy to wear. One of the benefits is they can come in and out, so that hygiene, you can keep your teeth a lot cleaner than you could with traditional bands and brackets. There are no dietary restrictions, because you're able to take these out and eat and chew.
Dr. Shannon: And, one added benefit, as you are well aware of, as we've done with our patients, you can actually whiten while in these trays as well.
Roger: So we can whiten our teeth while we straighten them?
Dr. Shannon: Exactly.
Roger: That's awesome.
Dr. Shannon: A really great benefit.
Roger: Yeah. So what does it take to get started with this process?
Dr. Shannon: Getting started usually involves coming in for a consultation, so we can make sure that Invisalign is the perfect fit. There are multiple options as far as improving smiles, but Invisalign, again, is one of these great tools. What we do when you first come in is we'll take pictures and molds and evaluate, again, to see if you're a good candidate for doing the process. If we are, then we send that information into Invisalign, and they send us back a simulation of what we think the results are going to look like in the estimated time to get to that improved smile.
Roger: Excellent. Excellent. So what happens when we're done with Invisalign?
Dr. Shannon: When we're done with Invisalign, we end up polishing the teeth, and then we make custom-made retainers that are very similar to these trays. Or sometimes we put bonded retainers in, because once you spent that time and investment to gain that beautiful smile, we want to be able to keep that for many years to come.
Roger: Okay. Great. Well, thank you.
Dr. Shannon: Thank you.