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Covid-19 - Advanced Orthodontics

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.

flu season and invisalign

Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners During Flu Season

Caring for your Invisalign aligners during flu season doesn’t usually cross a patient’s mind unless they become ill. While those with traditional braces don’t have many steps they need to add to their usual wellness routine during this time of year, those with removable aligners need to keep a few extra things in mind when it comes to not only using but caring for their aligners and remaining healthy.

3 Tips for Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners During Flu Season

If you are practicing good hygiene and have a solid wellness plan in place year-round, you shouldn’t have to worry about adding proper care techniques to your routine during the cold and flu season. However, if you are trying to be extra cautious during this time, here are three tips to help you care for your aligners during the colds and the flu season.

1. Practice Good Personal Hygiene

While proper personal hygiene practices are essential while using removable aligners year-round to avoid introducing bacteria and germs into your mouth, it becomes vital during cold and flu season. You want to be more aware of when you are removing your aligners, where you are placing them, how you are cleaning them, and be mindful of keeping your hands clean both before and after handling them.

Make sure you are properly cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign aligners during flu season so that you aren’t introducing the virus in through your mouth via your aligners. This also means properly washing your hands throughout the day to ensure that you aren’t passing the virus from your hands to your aligners.

2. Avoid Removing Your Aligners in Public

While this can be tricky for those who must wear their aligners out to work, school, and a variety of functions, it is essential to avoid removing them unnecessarily. The only time you should remove your Invisalign aligners during flu season while out in public is when you are about to eat. Make sure you have clean hands and avoid placing them on unsanitized surfaces. Carry your aligner case with you, keep it clean, and place your aligners in them when you must remove them for eating.

3. You Can Remove Aligners Should They Interfere with Your Symptoms

While being sick doesn’t require you to stop wearing your aligners (in fact, you should continue to wear them to avoid any unnecessary changes in your alignment), if your symptoms are being magnified by the use of your aligners, then you can remove them until your symptoms are under control.

Troublesome symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Sinus Pain – Which can be felt in the mouth and cheeks
  • Headaches

Invisalign Made Simple with Advanced Orthodontics

Caring for your Invisalign aligners during flu seasons isn’t complicated at all. However, if you have any questions, you should make sure to talk with your orthodontist to be fully educated on what you should and shouldn’t be doing during the cold and flu season.

Have questions on caring for your Invisalign aligners during the flu season? Make sure you contact our office to have any questions addressed.

Teen Invisalign

Invisalign for Teens: Are They a Good Idea?

Is Invisalign for teens? The general answer is yes! Invisalign is the name for an orthodontic system in which a series of plastic aligners are designed to correct crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth.

Invisalign works well for responsible teens who can follow a treatment plan and care for aligners. Moreover, Invisalign is less disruptive to your teen’s schedule, eating habits, and social life.

Braces Versus Invisalign for Teens

Conventional braces include two main parts – brackets are cemented to the surface of teeth and an archwire is threaded through the brackets. Pressure is applied to teeth through the archwire to correct alignment and spacing of teeth. Moreover, appliances, such as headgear, springs, and bands can be connected to the braces to reposition the jaw to correct an overbite or underbite.

Invisalign begins with a three-dimensional model of your teen’s teeth and bite. Your orthodontist will create a treatment plan and prescribe specific tooth movements based on the model. Invisalign technicians will manufacture a set of aligners using 3D printing. Each aligner differs slightly from the next aligner to gradually moving the teeth from the starting position to the ending position.

Invisalign for Teens – Removable

One benefit of Invisalign for teens is that the aligners can be removed to brush teeth, eat, and for special occasions, like school dances.

However, because aligners are removable, Invisalign is best for teens who are dedicated to wearing their aligners for about 22 hours per day. Moreover, the aligners can be broken or lost while removed.

Invisalign for Teens – Invisible

Invisalign aligners are 3-D printed from clear plastic. This means that aligners are virtually invisible when being worn. For teens, this can provide a substantial benefit to their self-confidence and social life.

Invisalign for Teens – Faster

If worn as directed, a major benefit of Invisalign for teens is that the treatment can be completed more quickly than conventional braces. Broken brackets on traditional braces can cause delays in treatment as tooth movement may need to be corrected.

Is Invisalign for Teens?

Invisalign is best suited for teens who can take care of the aligners and wear them properly during treatment. The benefits of Invisalign for teens can be substantial and include faster treatment using removable, invisible aligners.

To learn more about Invisalign for teens, contact us for a consultation.