Invisalign Treatment in Woodbury & Stillwater

At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, our doctors provide high-quality orthodontic care while maintaining a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Conveniently serving Woodbury, Stillwater, and patients from around the Twin Cities, our highly-trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis. We design personalized treatment plans for each patient that suit their unique orthodontic needs. For this reason, we're proud to offer Invisalign to our patients for a discreet and flexible way to transform their smiles.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to braces that does away with metal wires and brackets altogether. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable trays – called aligners – to straighten the teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from a transparent plastic material, making them virtually invisible when worn and keeping your treatment private. Aligners are easy to remove for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. Compared to traditional metal braces, the benefits of Invisalign treatment include:

  • Discreet Orthodontic Treatment: Invisalign clear aligners lay flat on the teeth, so they are nearly invisible when worn and won't show up in photos.
  • 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 eating all of your favorite crunchy, hard, or sticky foods!
  • Easy to Brush & Floss: With traditional braces, patients must 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: Invisalign aligners are smooth meaning that, unlike the sharp corners of braces, Invisalign won't cause small cuts and scratches inside the mouth. This makes the Invisalign treatment experience much more comfortable.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first visit to our Woodbury or Stillwater orthodontic office for your complimentary initial consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Henseler or Dr. Kocian will perform a detailed examination and evaluate if invisalign is the best option for you. Your orthodontist will then create a 3D computer model of your teeth and use this model to create a personalized treatment plan with customized sets of Invisalign aligners. We will break down your treatment plan into increments--you will change your aligners every few weeks to smoothly shift your teeth into a desired position.

Once Invisalign treatment has begun, 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. Once you finish your final set of aligners, you'll have a beautiful new smile! After the active phase of Invisalign treatment, you'll enter the retention phase. Where a final set of retainers will be worn at night to retain the final positions of your teeth.

Invisalign

In the past, Invisalign was used exclusively for adults with minor orthodontic problems. Today, with advanced technology, we are able to treat a much greater variety of 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.

Cleaning Invisalign Aligners

As with braces, you'll need to carefully clean both your teeth and your Invisalign 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.

Contact Your Woodbury & Stillwater 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!