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Sierra Dental Airdrie is a full-service dental clinic in Airdrie. Our goal is to help you improve your family’s smile and keep your teeth for life.
We provide comprehensive orthodontic treatments including Invisalign Braces.
Our team of Airdrie dentists and dental hygienists take a personalized approach to your dental care and we want to make your visits with us as comfortable as possible.
How Does Invisalign Work?
If you would like to try Invisalign® an alternative to conventional orthodontics, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a sequence of calibrated clear retainers.
Invisalign braces work through the use of thermoplastic aligners, which are custom created for you by your dentist.
These are created in a specific sequence, in order to apply controlled pressure to your teeth and move them into a straighter, better alignment.
When you begin your Invisalign process, your dentist will take molds or digital scans of your teeth and map out a sequence of treatments.
Your dentist should also be able to provide images of how your teeth will look after these treatments, so you can get an idea of the results you can expect.
You will have custom aligners made, and will wear each set for about two weeks at a time, in order to gradually shift your teeth.
These custom-made appliances are comfortable to wear and are recommended to be worn for various intervals of time as prescribed by your doctor.
Gradually your teeth will move into the prescribed position until you reach your final prescribed stage.
Retainers should be removed when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing and worn the rest of the day for best results.
This is a versatile system, proven to help correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues.
Over half a million smiles around the world today happily back that up.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The exact length of time Invisalign braces take to work depends on each individual case, however, you can expect the treatment to take roughly a year. You will have to see your dentist every six to eight weeks so they can monitor the progress and correct any problems.
Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic. They are meant to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, but you can take them out while eating, drinking, and while brushing and flossing.
Yes. People who come into the orthodontist because their teeth have relapsed after a round of braces often are not recommended to go for a new round of braces. What is often recommended is that they opt, instead, for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is discreet and not as invasive as braces, allowing people to fix relapsed teeth in a way that is much less obvious than it would be with braces.
If you want to correct your bite after having braces, but don’t want to go through the discomfort of having traditional braces again, Invisalign is actually a great option for straighter teeth, minus unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces!
A misaligned jaw isn’t able to function properly, and the jaw muscles can become tight and sore over time. This can cause migraines and headaches, as well as facial tension and soreness that can spread to your neck and shoulders.
Invisalign can be more than just cosmetic. By straightening and re-aligning your teeth, Invisalign can help alleviate face and head tension and pain. Your bite is a key part of bone and muscle function, and dentists believe that a lot of pain in the head, neck, and shoulders can be alleviated if more attention is paid to the bite.
No. Since the aligners are clear plastic, lipstick, lip stain, and coloured lip gloss will stain them. This is something to consider if you’re used to wearing lip colour, as you will have to change this part of your makeup regime if you wear Invisalign.
Drinks like pop, juice, and alcoholic beverages are bad for your teeth and can also stain your aligners. Coloured, sugary, or acidic drinks should be avoided, and if they can’t be, teeth should be cleaned well before aligners are put back in. If you are drinking anything other than water, aligners should be taken out while consuming.
You should rinse your aligners after taking them out. They can be soaked using cleaners that are sold for dentures and retainers. In general, use a clean soap that is antibacterial. This is an easy option for taking care of your aligners.
Before you put your aligners in after eating, make sure you floss and brush your teeth. This is essential to your long-term dental health, and it protects the life of your Invisalign aligners.
While every case is different, in general, the short answer to this question is that, yes, you can still be considered a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign can also be used after someone has had bridges, crowns, and fillings as well. With that said, your treatment plan will likely involve a little bit of compromise, the reasons for which will be outlined below.