Invisalign

Stillwater, MN Orthodontic Treatment

You deserve a smile you're proud to show off – plain and simple. At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, our mission is to help you achieve that smile through effective, convenient, and affordable orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving Woodbury and Stillwater, MN, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options to our patients, and we strive to customize each treatment to fit our patients' lifestyles. And if you're looking for a discreet, convenient option for orthodontic treatment, one of the best options is Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a different approach to orthodontic treatment. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable trays – called aligners – to straighten the teeth. Made from a transparent plastic material, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn and easy to remove for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. This means Invisalign comes with a variety of unique benefits when compared to traditional metal braces:

  • A Discreet Orthodontic Treatment: Invisalign aligners are see-through and lay flat on the teeth, which means they won't show up in photos and are nearly invisible when worn.
  • No Dietary Restrictions: Because Invisalign aligners are removed to eat, you won't have the dietary restrictions that come with traditional braces. You can still enjoy all your favorite crunchy, hard, or sticky foods!
  • Easy to Brush & Floss: In order to maintain oral hygiene with braces, patients need to use specialized tools like floss threaders. But Invisalign aligners come out for oral hygiene, which means brushing and flossing are as easy as ever.
  • More Comfortable: Finally, Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch. This means that unlike the sharp corners of braces, Invisalign won't cause small cuts and scratches inside the mouth, making the treatment experience more comfortable.

What to Expect from Invisalign

The Invisalign treatment process begins when you visit our Woodbury or Stillwater orthodontic office for your complimentary initial consultation. During this appointment, one of our Stillwater orthodontists will perform a detailed examination of your mouth and take diagnostic records of your teeth. Using these materials, your orthodontist will make a diagnosis and create a fully-realized 3D computer model of your teeth. We'll then use this model to create a personalized treatment plan, breaking the plan into 2-week increments and using it to custom-manufacture your own personal set of Invisalign aligners.

Once you start treatment, you'll wear your aligners for roughly 20-22 hours per day, wearing each pair for 2 weeks before switching to the next. With each new set of aligners, your teeth will move closer to their final positions – and once you finish your final set of aligners, you'll have a beautiful new smile to call your own! Following the active phase of Invisalign treatment, you'll enter the retention phase. Your orthodontist will provide detailed instructions on wearing and caring for your retainers when we fit you for retainers.

Invisalign

In the past, Invisalign was reserved only for adults with relatively minor orthodontic problems. But now, advances in the technology allow us to treat more patients than ever before with Invisalign – including adolescent orthodontic patients. A new version of Invisalign, called Invisalign Teen, offers a specialized form of Invisalign treatment that's custom-made for the teenage lifestyle. In addition to the benefits of regular Invisalign, Invisalign offers three key features specifically made for teens:

  • Compliance Indicators: Every Invisalign Teen aligner comes with a Blue Dot Wear Indicator, which shows teens if they're wearing their aligners enough or need to be more diligent.
  • Eruption Tabs: We can make Invisalign Teen aligners with eruption tabs that hold open space for unerupted teeth, allowing us to treat patients even if all the adult teeth have yet to come in.
  • Free Replacement Aligners: Every Invisalign Teen treatment course comes with 6 free replacement aligners, so there's no need to worry if any are lost or stolen.

Cleaning Invisalign Aligners

As with braces, you'll need to carefully clean both your teeth and aligners during treatment to prevent the development of cavities and dental decay. Cleaning your aligners is easy: simply brush your aligners anytime you take them out, and make sure to brush your teeth and aligners at least 4 times per day. You'll also need to floss daily and periodically soak your aligners in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet to provide a deep clean.

Contact Your Woodbury, MN Orthodontist

Invisalign is one of the easiest, most discreet options on the market for achieving a new smile, and if you think Invisalign might be right for you, we'd love to help. Contact us today to learn more about orthodontic treatment and see how we can help you achieve your dream smile through Invisalign. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful new smile!