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Invisalign and Wisdom Teeth

Can I Get Invisalign or Braces if I Don’t Have Wisdom Teeth?

Invisalign is a popular option for those who are looking to straighten their teeth without wearing traditional braces. However, many wonder if wisdom teeth cause a problem for those looking to use these aligners.

Your wisdom teeth impact your smile. Even though they are so far back in your mouth that they’re not usually seen, they can still create many issues. You may need to have them removed before teeth straightening treatments can begin.

Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties. People can get between one and four teeth on average, and some people don’t get them at all. Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Approximately 10 million people in America have them extracted each year.

How Your Wisdom Teeth Impact Your Smile

Orthodontists prescribe Invisalign for people of all ages, including teens and children. Yet, your wisdom teeth may determine whether you qualify for Invisalign. Here are some of the ways that your wisdom teeth can present issues that impact the rest of your teeth:

Cause Shifting of Teeth

Wisdom teeth do not always have enough room in their sockets. This problem can cause other issues, such as impacted wisdom teeth or overcrowding with other teeth. When this occurs, it’s common for wisdom teeth to grow sideways, or even become trapped entirely inside your jawbone because they didn’t come through properly.

Create a Misalignment

Even if the wisdom teeth come in straight or have the room to grow in without impacting other teeth, they can still cause problems with the alignment of your other teeth and your jaw. You will need to speak to both your dentist and your orthodontist about ensuring your wisdom teeth won’t harm your alignment.

Damage Surrounding Teeth

As your wisdom teeth come in, they can press on the other neighboring teeth, which may cause cracks. This can lead to discomfort and pain. If you have restorations such as fillings or crowns, these can break down due to pressure from emerging wisdom teeth.

Should You Leave Your Wisdom Teeth in During Orthodontic Treatments?

If you’re considering Invisalign treatments, then be sure to consult with a dentist before beginning them. That way, you can determine what’s best for you. An oral health professional will work closely with your orthodontist during any treatment process.

Are you concerned your wisdom teeth may keep you from getting Invisalign? Contact us here at Advanced Orthodontics for 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.



Invisalign Process

How Does the Invisalign Process Work?

It’s common knowledge that Invisalign is a preferred method when compared to traditional braces. However, one common question patients ask is, “how does the Invisalign process work?” Most patients are familiar with the processes of conventional wire braces, so they wonder how the Invisalign process is different.

The two methods involve very different approaches. That said, it’s essential to walk through each step, so patients are fully informed on how the Invisalign process works.

The Invisalign Process: Initial Consultation & Scans

Like traditional braces, the Invisalign process works by creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient. At your initial consultation, your orthodontist will explain to you what Invisalign is, how it differs from traditional braces, and whether they would be suitable for your unique case.

Should you and your orthodontist conclude that Invisalign is ideal for you, you’ll then have scans or molds of your teeth taken. At Advanced Orthodontics, we utilize 3D digital imaging to create a digital model of your teeth – eliminating the need for old fashion impressions.

From there, the orthodontists will send your records to Invisalign and work with their engineers to create a treatment plan that will give you the smile of your dreams.

Receiving Your Trays

The Invisalign process works by giving you a series of trays that contain various sets of clear aligners. Typically, you’ll receive these trays in 4-6 weeks following your initial consultation.

Depending on your specific case, each set of aligners will need to be worn between47 and 14 days, unless your orthodontists specify otherwise. It is vital that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions to ensure that your treatment plan stays on track.

Once you’ve finished with one set of aligners, you’ll move on to the next set. This, again, will be included in your detailed set of instructions for your treatment plan.

How Long Does the Invisalign Process Take?

The Invisalign process works on an individual basis. This means that there are not specific outlines as to how long the process takes. However, a typical patient can expect their treatment plan to span anywhere between 6 months and a year. More complex cases may take more time.

Ready to See If the Invisalign Process is Right for You? We’re Here to Help

With the overall Invisalign process taking less time to complete, it’s no surprise that patients of all ages prefer to go the Invisalign route, as compared to traditional braces.

Ready to see if the Invisalign process is right for you? Then schedule your consultation today!

Adult Invisalign

Invisalign Pros and Cons for Older Adults

It can be hard to decide to make a change, especially when someone over the age of 18 decides on adult braces – especially if they have only known traditional braces growing up. The good news is that there are now more options for those who need orthodontic care, including clear aligners. Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that many orthodontic patients opt for in lieu of traditional metal braces. While the brand is well known, what exactly are the Invisalign pros and cons, and how do they differ when talking about Invisalign for adults vs. Invisalign for teens?

Invisalign Pros and Cons for Adults

When it comes to Invisalign for teens, there are rarely any negatives. Especially considering their ease of use and the fact that they are nearly impossible to detect and do not require the bulky materials that traditional braces do. However, are there any additional Invisalign pros and cons when it comes to Invisalign for adults?

Pros of Invisalign for Adults

When it comes to orthodontic treatments for adults, Invisalign for adults is quickly becoming the most popular choice. Not only are they a well-known brand with an impeccable reputation and superior technology to back it up, but they have several advantages. This is even more evident when compared to traditional metal braces.

The most common pros when it comes to Invisalign for adults include:

  • They are nearly invisible in appearance
  • Easy to remove for pictures/events and for eating
  • Just as effective as traditional braces
  • Often achieve the same results as traditional braces in a short time frame

Cons of Invisalign for Adults

A few of the most notable cons of Invisalign, which are practically inconsequential, include:

  • The time to clean your clear aligners and your teeth are virtually the same
  • Removing them too often can introduce wearer error, causing a delay in your final results

When Choosing Invisalign for Adults, Choose Advanced Orthodontics

Not quite sure if the Invisalign pros and cons we’ve listed are enough to help you decide on getting Invisalign as an adult? Then why not consider checking out our gallery of Invisalign before and after photos showcasing examples from real clients of our Advanced Orthodontics office.

If you are still unsure, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation so that our team can discuss your concerns and get your questions answered. With two offices located in Mesa and Chandler, Arizona, we are here to put your mind at ease when it comes to the Invisalign pros and cons.

Tooth Brush

How to Clean Clear Retainers: Home Care Tips for Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign aligners are the orthodontic treatment of choice for most people, mainly because they’re so much easier to deal with than traditional braces.

However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to spend time each day taking care of and cleaning them.

Today, you’ll learn how to clean clear retainers to keep your aligners in good working order and maintain healthy and decay-free teeth.

How to Clean Clear Retainers – A Step-by-Step Instruction Guide

It all starts with asking the question: “Where can I find orthodontics near me?” Before you know it, you’ve found an orthodontist you love and are scheduling your appointments to receive Invisalign braces.

Once you receive your aligners, your orthodontic team will demonstrate how to clean your new clear retainers. Doing so daily is important in order to remove bacteria, prevent plaque build-up in/on the aligners, and ensure there are no food particles left in them.

If aligners aren’t cared for properly, it can potentially lead to:

Here’s how to clean your Invisalign aligners.

How to Care for and Clean Your Clear Retainers

  1. Remove the aligners and rinse them with lukewarm water.
  2. Run warm water over your toothbrush bristles to soften them.
  3. Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste (or even less) on your toothbrush.
  4. Using circular motions, brush the inside and outside of each aligner thoroughly.
  5. Rinse the aligners again.
  6. If you notice plaque build-up (it will make your aligners appear cloudy), soak the retainers in denture cleaning solution or use the Invisalign Cleaning System.
  7. Once cleaned, you can put the aligners back in or put them in the case to dry.

Take Care of Your Teeth Now to Keep Them Healthy and Strong Down the Road

If you (or your kids – whoever is wearing the aligners) want to keep your teeth healthy and strong down the road, you need to take care of them now.

The great thing about Invisalign aligners is that they’re incredibly easy to clean. Cleaning them will add just a couple minutes a day to your existing dental hygiene routine. The benefits though, can last a lifetime.

Seeing how to clean clear aligners may benefit you or your teen more than just reading about it. Would you like a refresher demo? Contact us today. Our team will be happy to explain how to properly care for, clean, and store your aligners.