Your Journey to A Smile Transformation

A beautiful, healthy smile has the power to transform more than just your appearance. With straight, properly aligned teeth, you’ll smile more, feel more self-assured, and make an incredible first impression. While metal braces were once the only option for correcting crooked teeth, modern dentistry now offers a more convenient and comfortable solution — Invisalign.

Premier Birmingham Dentistry provides Invisalign treatment that straightens your teeth with a series of clear, custom-fit aligners. With years of experience transforming smiles, our Diamond Invisalign Provider, Dr. Jay Stone, guides each patient through the Invisalign process for excellent, lasting results.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that gently shift your teeth into their ideal positions over time. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before being switched out for the next in the series, gradually moving your teeth until the desired result is achieved. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible when worn, making Invisalign a subtler and more convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.

The Invisalign aligners are also removable, unlike braces. You’ll wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This removability adds flexibility and eliminates many diet and lifestyle restrictions imposed by fixed braces.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers numerous advantages over conventional braces that make them an appealing choice for patients of all ages looking to enhance their smiles:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: The clear Invisalign aligners blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Few people will notice you’re wearing them at all.
  • Removable and Convenient: You can remove your aligners to eat and drink whatever you want and brush and floss easily.
  • Comfort: The smooth plastic Invisalign trays don’t irritate.
  • Shorter Treatment Times: The average Invisalign case takes just nine to 15 months.
  • Teeth Whitening: Without brackets, you can whiten your teeth uninhibited throughout treatment.
  • Visualized Results: Using 3D imaging software, you’ll see your “smile progression” plan before starting.

The Invisalign Process at Premier Birmingham Dentistry

The skilled, personable team at Premier Birmingham Dentistry makes sure every patient fully understands the Invisalign process and has all their questions answered. Treatment involves several steps:

Initial Consultation

Your first visit encompasses a thorough dental exam, a discussion of what you’d like to achieve, and a smile evaluation. Dr. Stone then explains how Invisalign works and determines if you qualify based on your specific orthodontic needs.

Digital Imaging

If Invisalign is appropriate for you, the next step is to capture digital images, photos, and impressions of your teeth. These records allow Invisalign’s 3D software to create your complete treatment plan.

Custom Aligner Order

Using the records and treatment plan, a series of custom-made, sequential aligners are produced specifically for your teeth and sent to our Birmingham office. Each set will gradually shift certain teeth based on the exact movements in your plan.

Treatment Begins

At your next visit, Dr. Stone ensures proper aligner fit and provides detailed instructions on when/how to switch aligners and properly care for them. He’ll closely monitor your progress at regular check-ins, making adjustments as needed.

Adjustment Appointments

You’ll return to the office at intervals so our Birmingham dentist can evaluate your teeth’s progress and order new aligners as you complete each set of ten. Refinements are common to polish final details.

Results & Retention

Once you reach the last aligner, it’s time to show off your smile! Dr. Stone may recommend specialty retainers and options to protect your investment, like whitening and bonding.

Requirements for Excellent Results

While Invisalign offers many perks compared to traditional braces, achieving the best possible outcome does require some diligence on your part as the patient. Be sure you can commit to:

  • Wearing aligners 20 to 22 hours daily
  • Switching to your new aligner when it’s time
  • Keeping all appointments with Dr. Stone
  • Cleaning aligners and your teeth before reinserting
  • Removing aligners only for eating, drinking, and oral care
  • Being careful not to damage aligners

Following usage instructions and handling your aligners with care prevents delays in completing treatment. Attending all prescribed check-ins also minimizes the need for additional aligners.

Caring For Invisalign Aligners

To keep your Invisalign aligners functioning properly throughout your treatment, be sure to:

  • Rinse after eating: Brush your teeth, then thoroughly rinse the aligners before putting them back in. 
  • Clean aligners daily: Use cool water and a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste.
  • Don’t use hot water or harsh chemicals: Stick to lukewarm water and products designed for aligner cleaning.
  • Change to a new aligner carefully: Switch every two weeks unless otherwise instructed.
  • Keep aligners safe: Always store your current aligner in its case when removed.

With proper daily aligner care and consistent wear, you’ll stay on track to gain your healthiest, most radiant smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Smile With Confidence After Your Invisalign Process

Don’t let crooked, gapped, or poorly aligned teeth prevent you from smiling as brightly as you can. Invisalign offers an effective way to transform your smile without the hassle of traditional metal braces. 

To learn more about candidacy or get started, contact Premier Birmingham Dentistry today at (248) 644-8520 to schedule your initial Invisalign consultation with Dr. Jay Stone.