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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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Invisalign clear braces have revolutionized the way orthodontics has taken shape. For those who have put off straightening their teeth because traditional braces were not what they were hoping for, this more appealing option is ideal.

We all know that traditional metal braces can get the job done well; plenty of people have worn them with great results. But the metal aesthetics and comparatively longer wear time is not necessarily what today’s savvy dental patient is seeking. Particularly for adults who are aiming for straighter teeth, a mouth full of metal is not exactly the look they are going for. Teens may see it as a “right of passage,” but after a certain age, the idea of reverting back to junior high isn’t on the top of their list. Not to say teens can’t benefit from Invisalign too, it’s just a mentality that comes with maturity that doesn’t involve metal.

So, let’s get into the ins and outs of Invisalign – why these clear braces are so amazing, how they work, and why here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, so many patients prefer this orthodontic alternative to traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Clear is the “cool” way to get teeth in tip-top form, perfecting smiles and creating better alignment that patients are proud to show off. Read on for more specifics and to learn if Invisalign is right for you.

How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?

First things first. Invisalign are not “braces” in the traditional sense that most people are used to. There are no wires or brackets, and they can even be removed by the wearer. Essentially, Invisalign is made up of a series of clear flexible plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth and are replaced periodically as the teeth shift into the desired position over time. They are custom designed at the Invisalign lab, so each patient’s trays are unique for their orthodontic needs. Some people require more trays and others less, depending upon the severity of the spacing, crookedness, crowding, etc. They slip right over the teeth, feel comfortable, and are barely noticeable to others. What could be better?

When Can I Remove My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Ideally, you will keep your Invisalign clear braces on as much as possible during the day and while you sleep. They must be removed during eating and brushing/flossing. This periodic removal is another great perk Invisalign offers. Since they can be taken out during eating, there are no food restrictions like there are with traditional braces. Additionally, you can even whiten your teeth while using Invisalign.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Clear Braces?

When you come to the Cornerstone Dental Arts office for an orthodontic consultation, we will discuss your existing condition and see if these clear braces will work for you. Not everyone is an ideal candidate depending on the severity of the corrections required to achieve a stunning smile. Most patients can benefit from Invisalign, so hopefully you will fall into that category. We won’t know until we assess your smile, so make your appointment ASAP to find out.

How Long Will I Wear My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Every case is different, but one thing remains constant – on average, patients need to wear Invisalign for a significantly shorter period than required with traditional metal braces. Yet another bonus to these clear braces. This shorter time span for treatment until final results are seen makes wearing Invisalign so successful. And patients see the results as they move along with the process, observing the subtle shifting until the process is complete.

Pros of Invisalign Clear Braces Summed Up

·       Clear – barely detectable

·       Quicker results than traditional braces

·       Removable for eating and hygiene

·       Comfortable to wear

·       No wires or brackets

·       Simple in every sense

·       Eat anything

·       Clean teeth as usual

·       Whiten if you wish while wearing

Are you seeking a straighter smile but traditional metal braces are simply not for you? Invisalign clear braces may be the answer you have been searching for to achieve the straighter smile you have been seeking. Come in to Cornerstone Dental Arts and your consultation will clue you in if you are a good patient for these creative clear aligners. One of our dentists will give you the scoop, get you started if Invisalign is right for you, and set you up for a smile you will be more than satisfied with. No more crooked, crowded, spaced-out, or otherwise unattractive teeth. And it can all be yours without unsightly metal braces. Invisalign is the clear answer. Come on in and let’s get things straight!

Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts at 865-290-1056 to set up an appointment today. A member of our friendly front desk staff will answer any questions you may have and get you in as soon as possible. Your straighter smile is just around the corner at Cornerstone Dental Arts.

How do Invisalign braces compare to traditional braces?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist,Orthodontic Treatment — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

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At Cornerstone Dental Arts, our professionals are here to help patients in the area of Knoxville, TN achieve a smile that makes them proud and confident. When misalignment is a concern, it is important for patients to speak to a dentist about the options available. However, many patients fear bringing up the misalignment of their smile due to concerns that they may be referred to an orthodontist for metal bracket and wire braces. With continued advances in today’s field of dentistry, patients can now reposition their smile without conventional braces and with a practically invisible alternative known as Invisalign braces.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a special method of repositioning the teeth without the use of brackets and wires. Our dentists, including Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams may offer Invisalign treatment to patients who have mild to moderate misalignment. From the starting point, Invisalign uses clear, medical-grade plastic trays custom-made for the patient. These trays are worn over the teeth and gently move them over several months. By the end of treatment, patients have a beautiful smile—without ever covering their dental arch with metal!

Who is a candidate?

The best patients for Invisalign braces are teenagers and adults who understand the importance of complying with their treatment. These patients may have mild to moderate misalignment. If patients are not a proper candidate for Invisalign, they are referred to an orthodontist that our team trusts. Invisalign can address:

  •       Crooked teeth
  •       Gapped teeth
  •       Overbite and underbite
  •       Crossbites
  •       Turned teeth
  •       Overcrowding (sometimes with extractions prior)

How does Invisalign work?

When patients come into Cornerstone Dental Arts with an interest in a better aligned smile, our dentists will evaluate them and determine if they are proper candidates for Invisalign. If patients choose to move forward with Invisalign, digital impressions are taken of the smile’s current alignment. The dentist will digitally send these impressions to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of plastic trays is designed to bring the smile to proper alignment. When patients receive their trays, they will start wearing the first one at least 20 hours a day for two weeks. Then, they switch to the next tray in the series. They complete their treatment in this manner until the final tray is worn and the smile is transformed!

How do Invisalign braces compare with traditional orthodontics?

While some patients with more several misalignment may still be better suited for traditional braces, many of our patients are excited to find out that Invisalign might be right for their needs. There are many benefits to Invisalign orthodontics when compared with more conventional means:

  •       First and foremost, patients love the ability to reposition the teeth within the smile without having to cover their teeth with brackets and wires.
  •       Patients find it easier to maintain their oral health and wellness because the trays can be removed and the teeth brushed and flossed as normal.
  •       Patients can smile with confidence even while wearing their trays, knowing that their smile is changing each and every day.
  •       Keeping the trays clean is easy, and compliance with treatment ensures that the results desired are the results achieved.

How long does it take to complete the process?

Most patients who seek out Invisalign for smile alignment are excited to find out that they can transform their smile in around one year or less. Patients with more severe misalignment may need to use their trays for up to 18 months. The time needed to get the patient from start to finish with Invisalign trays is determined by the number of trays used. Each tray is worn for two weeks, so progression through the process is determined with this in mind.

Is Invisalign painful?

Absolutely not! While some patients may experience a day or two of mild discomfort when they switch to their next tray, most of our patients find this to be easily addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. Some don’t find it bothersome at all. The movement of the teeth happens in a very gradual manner, but these small changes occurring from tray-to-tray are what makes the treatment a solution for misalignment that our patients enjoy!

Ready to take charge of your smile’s alignment?

Malocclusion and misalignment can be improved with the use of Invisalign, a revolutionary alternative to more traditional braces. The team at Cornerstone Dental Arts of Knoxville, TN is here to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams with a discreet yet effective orthodontic solution. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, we welcome you to visit our practice by scheduling a consultation appointment with our team. Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams can be reached by calling (865) 290-1060 and stopping at our office at 8912 Town and Country Circle, Suite #1.

 

Fastbraces in Knoxville

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist,Knoxville Dentist — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 7:17 pm

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Dr. Jody Griffin at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, TN is pleased to offer Fastbraces.  This system’s revolutionary design provides safe, effective, beautiful and long lasting orthodontic results. Fastbraces is designed to straighten teeth in a much shorter time period than traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces that can take over two years to rearrange a crooked smile, Fastbraces offers a patented design that can get results faster and easier than ever.  Typical results can be seen in as little as five to ten months. (more…)

CEREC Crowns – One Day Crowns

Filed under: Cerec Crowns,Cosmetic Dentist,Knoxville Dentist — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 12:11 pm

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If you have never heard of a CEREC Crown or One Day Crown, Cornerstone Dental is happy to introduce you.

If you have found that you need a crown, your previous experience (or what you may have heard) is that you would need two appointments – one for preparation and placement of a temporary crown and one for placement of the permanent crown.  However, with CEREC®, that is not the case.

What is a crown?

A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped protective dental cap that restores a tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance, and fully encases the visible portion of the tooth that lies at or above the gum line.   (more…)