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Nightline with Invisalign® for Adults: A Safe, Discreet Option

Do you long for a bright, straight, beautiful smile?

You’re not alone. Many adults are opting to invest in orthodontic treatment. Some had braces back in their youth but might not have been as diligent as necessary with maintenance protocols. Still, others either didn’t get the opportunity or opted out of it due to aesthetics.

These days, adults can have their cake and eat it too with Invisalign® for adults, especially when coupled with a new product called Propel®.

Discreet, Overnight Braces: Why Use Propel® with Invisalign® for Adults

The main reason why so many adults opt for Invisalign® orthodontic treatment is that they get to straighten their teeth without having to wear metal braces. Invisalign® straightens your teeth using clear aligners, which you change every few weeks.

In many cases, Invisalign® for adults is a faster, more aesthetically pleasing option. Plus, you’re allowed to remove the aligners for up to two hours per day, allowing you to eat in comfort and practice dental homecare with ease.

Propel® – Taking Invisalign® Treatment to the Next Level

Advanced Orthodontics utilizes a product called Propel® in conjunction with Invisalign® aligners.

Propel® allows you to limit how long you need to wear your clear aligners. Instead of having to wear them for 22 hours each day, you can simply wear them overnight.

How it works:

  • After dinner, brush and floss your teeth
  • Put in your Invisalign® trays
  • Place the Propel® device over your aligners and wear it for five minutes
  • When finished, keep your Invisalign® trays in as part of your overnight orthodontic care
  • When you wake up in the morning, remove your aligners and clean them
  • Make sure you plug the Propel® device in so it can charge

The Propel® device uses vibration to gently encourage your teeth to move. Overnight braces can be just as effective as aligners alone, too, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll undergo orthodontic treatment any longer than is necessary.

Overnight orthodontic care is ideal as you don’t have to worry about:

  • Learning how to talk with your aligners
  • Taking the aligners out to eat and forgetting to put them back in
  • Losing your aligners

Advanced Orthodontics – Orthodontic Treatment with You in Mind

The team at Advanced Orthodontics considers your needs and desires when creating your custom orthodontic treatment plan.

Whether you’re an adult who is finally ready to take the plunge and invest in treatment as long as its discreet, or you’re a parent that’s concerned about your child’s orthodontic compliance – your dental team will take it all into consideration.

When you’re ready to get the smile of your dreams, contact Advanced Orthodontics right away. You’ll learn about Invisalign® for adults, what type of treatment you’re an ideal candidate for, and whether overnight orthodontic care is best for your needs.

Interested in learning how you can get a straighter, healthier smile discreetly? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!



Covid 19 Orthodontic Safety Measures

Advanced Orthodontics: COVID Safety Update

It has been an unprecedented past few months for everyone with the Coronavirus putting our health and normalcies of daily life to the test. We closed our offices early to abide by the regulations set forth and are happy to have reopened with the proper safety measures in practice.

Virtual Orthodontic Visits

To limit the amount of foot traffic in our physical office, we are offering the option of virtual visits for new and existing patients. We understand many patients still feel uncomfortable coming into the office and we are happy to accommodate the same level of care as an in-office visit. If you are interested in a virtual orthodontic visit the Advanced Orthodontics team will schedule a time for you to meet with a member of our team through a HIPPA secure video. You can access this virtual visit on a desktop or smartphone. When scheduling you may be asked to provide photos for Dr. Larrabee to review and get a good sense of how to go about treatment.

In-Office Visits

For patients who are choosing to come into the office, we are limiting the number of patients in our locations to allow for social distancing. Patients can text or call when they arrive. As a courtesy, a Team member is walking each patient from their car to the chair/assistant at the time of their appointment so that the lobby/waiting room is not utilized. Once the appointment is complete, you will again be escorted back to your car and a parent is briefed on what was done today and when we would like to see you back.


Office Cleanliness

We always maintain a clean environment, by OSHA standard, but are also making sure our non-clinical areas of the office are being cleaned more frequently as well. We make sure all tools are indeed sanitized between patients as always, wear gloves during examinations, and continue to wear masks in our offices to limit the spread of any viruses.

None of us know how long this pandemic may last. If you are on the fence about beginning orthodontic treatment during this time, rest assured all safety measures are in place to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. Call today for a virtual consultation.



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Advanced Orthodontics COVID-19 Response: Our Dedication to our fellow Arizonans

**This is subject to change as we await the Arizona Dental Associations decision to recommend closing all together.

As a member of the community, we care deeply about the health and well-being of our patients, their families and our Team members. We are taking steps to ensure the safety and health of our patients, their families and our Team members. Understanding that the situation is fluid, here are some of our current implementations as we head in to the week:

  1. Dr. Larrabee and the Advanced Orthodontics Team will essentially be closing our reception area. We ask that only the patient (and a parent/guardian when necessary) enter the office. Siblings, friends etc. should remain in the vehicle.
  2. Our patient check-in computers will be disconnected. Our amazing scheduling coordinators will happily check you in by name for your appointment.
  3. We will be removing magazines, books, tablets and other toys from our reception and Kids Club areas. We also will temporarily be discontinuing the use of our coffee bar and cookies baskets to reduce the potential surfaces of contact where cross-contamination can occur.
  4. Our toothbrush stations will be closed as well. Please make sure to brush prior to your appointment.
  5. Dr. Larrabee or a member of our Team will gladly FaceTime or call any parent waiting outside to update them on the treatment status.
  6. If any patient due for an appointment would prefer to conduct their visit remotely for their own safety, we are happy to accommodate this.
  7. Dr. Larrabee and our clinical Team already care for every patient and our clinical surroundings to outstanding OSHA standards. We will continue to uphold this standard and extend it to our reception for your safety and comfort.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this new challenge. It is a great pleasure to have you as part of our AO Family. We look forward to getting through these next few weeks together and resuming our normal office atmosphere as soon as possible!

If you have any questions at all during this time please give us a call or text at (480) 357- 4900 (Mesa) or (480) 550-5500 (Chandler).


Invisalign Swift

Introducing Invisalign Swift

Only $2,495: Payments as low as $76/month*

A wonderful smile is one of the first things we notice about a person. But most people do not want to go through treatment with bulky, metal brackets and wires. Mail order aligners and “tele-dentistry” have grown in popularity in recent years – showing that customers are looking for affordable, convenient options to meet their smile goals. Now, with Invisalign’s newest product, Invisalign Swift, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without anyone noticing.

As the industry leader in cutting edge clear aligner technology, Invisalign provides the most reliable results and best outcomes by pairing Invisalign clear aligners with the expertise of an orthodontist. Dr. Larrabee, a Top 1% Invisalign provider, trusts the predictability of Invisalign to treat all his clear aligner patients. Now pairing the affordability of Invisalign Swift at just $76/month*, he can correct mild alignment concerns in less than 6 months.

Check out our very own Dr. Larabee on Arizona Midday discussing his exciting new technology. Watch Now!

Dr. Larabee on Arizona Midday

The Process of Invisalign Swift

Schedule your quick 30 minute Invisalign Swift consultation where an expert  Advanced Orthodontics’ treatment coordinator will take a digital 3D scan of your teeth using our 3D itero scanner. This will allow you to see what your smile could be.

Dr. Larrabee will engineer a treatment plan that will create a beautiful, healthy smile. He will continue to work closely with Invisalign to create clear, removable trays, designed to help your teeth move in the desired direction to achieve your smile goals. Your Invisalign aligners will be shipped to your home, along with instructions for care. Each set of aligners is work for 22 hours a day for a full week before progressing on to the next set. In less than 6 months you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted.

Curious about starting Invisalign Swift? Then schedule a quick 30 minute consultation with Advanced Orthodontics to discuss your smile goals.

*with approved credit. Financing through Lending Point.

Best time of year for invisalign

What’s the Best Time of Year for Braces or Invisalign?

Making the decision between getting Invisalign for teens or braces can be a bit daunting. When’s the right time to get them? Is one better over the other? Should I wait until they are older? Trying to decide what works best for your teen requires a bit of planning and plenty of discussion with both your teen and your orthodontist.

Invisalign For Teens VS. Traditional Braces: Timing Matters

One of the most common questions parents ask orthodontists is when the best time of year is for getting either Invisalign for teens or traditional braces. While both options can be suitable for teens of any age, there are a few differences when it comes to the timing of wearing them. It’s essential to look at each option and discuss your options for your teen with their orthodontist to see what will fit their schedule the best.

Invisalign for Teens: Shorter Duration and Adjustment Period

Invisalign for teens is a popular alternative for many because they often require a much shorter wear time to achieve the same results that braces provide. This is great for those teens who are always on the go and don’t have much time to commit to appointments and caring for the hardware that is often needed with braces.

When it comes to deciding on what time of the year to start your teen with their Invisalign aligners, there is no “ideal” time because they, again, require less maintenance than traditional braces. Since Invisalign aligners move your teen’s teeth in smaller increments, there is also less pain associated with them. This allows your teen to adjust quickly to each new aligner with little change in their day-to-day routine.

Traditional Braces for Teens: Longer Duration and Adjustments Can Be Tricky

Unlike Invisalign for teens, traditional braces require a lot more maintenance, with a variety of pieces of equipment (depending on your teen’s individual case) and regular trips to the orthodontist’s office for adjustments.

When it comes to deciding on the best time of year to get your teen’s braces put on, most orthodontists suggest having it done during the summer months. Doing so will allow your teen the time to adjust to not only having foreign objects in their mouth but also to any initial discomfort that they may feel once they’ve gone on.

Invisalign For Teens with Advanced Orthodontics

Deciding when to get Invisalign for teens or even traditional braces takes a lot of consideration. However, you don’t have to make the decision alone. If you think your teen is ready for orthodontic care, then it’s best to start a discussion with a team that can help you make an informed decision.

Curious about starting Invisalign for your teens? Then schedule a consultation with Advanced Orthodontics to discuss each of your teen’s options.