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Invisalign Before and Afters: By Dr. Larrabee and Advanced Orthodontics of Arizona

One of the most rewarding things about our job here at Advanced Orthodontics, is seeing not only smiles transform but our patients gain confidence and pride in themselves. Having a beautiful smile allows you to put your best foot forward as you move through life and we couldn’t be happier to be able to make that happen for the people of Mesa and Chandler Arizona.

We have Invisalign options for both Adults and Teens and are capable of giving you a custom plan to achieve your perfect outcome.

If you are considering Invisalign one of the things you might be interested in is seeing our results, and they really do speak for themselves. Take a look at some of our favorite before and afters:

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As you can see the transformations are incredible. If you are interested in a new smile with Invisalign, or would like to learn more information about how our process works we would be happy to schedule a consultation with you or show you around one of our two locations in Mesa, Arizona or Chandler Arizona.

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What’s The Difference Between Clear Aligners & Invisalign?

When researching your options related to dental care there is a lot of terminology to learn. As you begin your research on orthodontic care, clear and invisible aligners most likely come up as solutions. You might be asking yourself is there a difference between clear aligners and Invisalign?

In short, Invisalign is a brand of invisible aligners. And Invisible aligners are a catch all term for traditional metal brace alternatives, including DIY Orthodontics.

The reason we utilize Invisalign at Advanced Orthodontics is their patented product which utilizes SmartTrack Material®, making them easier to put on and take off as well as accelerate results. Not all invisible aligners are created equal and Invisalign has proven itself to be the best of the best treating over 6 million smiles including 1.4 million teens. Invisalign is so dedicated to teen orthodontics, they introduced Invisalign for Teens in 2008 customizing their invisible aligners.

At Advanced Orthodontics we are committed to bringing the best orthodontic care to our patients in the Mesa Arizona, and Gilbert Arizona areas. Making sure our patients have access to the most advanced technology when it comes to their smile is something we are truly passionate about. Whether you are looking for Invisalign for Adults, Invisalign for Teens, or to get more information about orthodontics for your child, our friendly staff have the experience to help you make the right decision.

For more information on Invisalign or our Arizona Orthodontist Office, give us a call at 480.405.3754 or fill out our quick contact form and be on your way to a better smile!







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Life after Invisalign

We talk a lot about what Invisalign is, how it’s different from braces, and all the benefits of choosing Invisalign for your new smile, however, one of the things that many patients overlook is the aftercare. Without proper aftercare, teeth can shift and alter your desired result. At Advanced Orthodontics we want your new smile to last a lifetime. It’s an investment and utilizing proper aftercare ensures the teeth to set correctly and last for the long term.


What to Expect when I’ve finished my Invisible Aligners?

Once you make it to your last round of aligners there will be a retainer set made. These trays are made specifically to hold your final result in place and should be worn regularly. To begin you will be wearing your retainer set most of the day and night. After about 3-6 months you will be able to move to nightly. For best results, we encourage wearing retainers nightly for as long as you want to keep your perfect smile.


What happens if my teeth shift?

Your teeth shouldn’t experience any noticeable shifting if you are wearing your invisible retainers according to the doctor’s instructions. If after sporadic aligner tray use you experience shifting it is possible, we can create additional trays to correct those issues, however, that would be at an additional cost. The importance of wearing your retainers regularly cannot be stressed. While it may seem cumbersome it is essential to sustain your beautiful smile for years to come.

To learn more about getting started with Invisalign contact us today. We are happy to get you in for your first appointment, help you navigate the options, and be on your way to a new beautiful smile.

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What to Expect From Your First Orthodontist Appointment?

You have decided to take the first step towards a new smile, so what should you expect from your first orthodontist appointment?

  • Consultation- The first thing we will do on your first ever appointment is have a consultation. This will often include a physical examination of your mouth, 3D x-rays, and a conversation about your desired end result. We may also take digital scans of your mouth for virtual. We will also discuss pricing options and time frame of achieving that desired result. Dr. Larabee works to make sure any fears are quelled and you are excited to come back to the orthodontist! Learn more about our consultation options.
  • Education- A big part of any appointment with us is education. We strive to make sure you feel well educated on exactly what you need to do to achieve your desired result. We know that orthodontics are an investment and we want you to love your result. We will discuss everything you need to know about eating and drinking, caring for your aligners, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Getting Started the Same Day- We encourage all of our patients get started with treatment the day of their consultation. We’ll find a payment option that works for your budget, you will be able to review your contract and collect the initial payment. If choosing Invisalign we will send the digital scan to Invisalign and Dr. Larrabee will start the prescription process for their custom smile. If you decide our high-tech braces are a better fit, we can place brackets and wires that day as well.

The Advanced Orthodontics Difference

Conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona and Mesa, Arizona, Advanced Orthodontics is your local destination for quality orthodontic care for yourself or your family. We offer both early morning and late evening appointments to make it easy to fit into your schedule. Our office is full of a fun including an amazing staff, flat screen tv’s, and snacks to help make you feel a little more at ease. Check us out today.

Do I Need Advanced Orthodontic Care?

When it comes to your smile we understand how it can really change the way you feel about yourself overall. Whether you are self-conscious of your teeth or just looking for corrective care, orthodontics can make a huge difference in your future.

So how do you know if you need advanced orthodontic care? Every case is different and at Advanced Orthodontics here in Arizona, we have seen it all. Specializing in Invisalign for all ages, high tech braces, and accelerated treatment there is an option available for you.

Some of the most common issues we see are:

  • Under or Over bite- a condition where your Jaw causes your bite to either fall to far back or forward in your mouth.
  • Gaps- When gaps form in your smile only orthodontics can close them
  • Crowding- Teeth crowding is a common issue, when your teeth come in too close together for the amount of space in the jaw.
  • Overlapping or Crookedness- Probably the most common issue aside from gaps in teeth we see is general crookedness.


Orthodontic Solutions

  • Invisalign– Invisalign is a series of invisible aligners created specifically for you to slowly straighten your teeth over time. Each aligner brings your smile straighter and straighter.
  • Accelerated Treatment– With a product like Propel we are able to stimulate the gums and actually speed up your treatment. Learn more about accelerated orthodontic treatment.

If you are considering orthodontic care for yourself or your child come in and visit us at our Chandler, Arizona or Mesa, Arizona locations. We also suggest reading up on What to Expect from your first Orthodontist Visit to feel more comfortable with the process! We hope to see you soon.