What is Invisalign®? Do you remember having braces? Remember how hard it was to brush and floss with traditional braces? Remember how cool we all looked with metal brackets on our teeth? How about having to put wax over sharp wires so they wouldn’t poke your cheeks?

Invisalign avoids those and many other discomforts compared to traditional orthodontics. It is a system for moving teeth using clear, plastic tray aligners that can be removed while eating anything you want; yes, popcorn is okay. You also remove the aligners to more effectively brush and floss your teeth. The trays are comfortable and virtually invisible. Almost everyone who wants straighter, healthier teeth is a candidate for Invisalign. There are even specific systems available for teens so that mom and dad can be sure the trays are being worn as directed.

The benefits of a nice smile are obvious. Most people would love to look in a mirror and see the smile they have always wanted. In addition, there are health benefits to a straighter smile. Teeth were intended to fit together a certain way. When they are too tight or overlapped it can be easy for plaque and tartar to build up. It becomes more and more difficult to floss these areas and cavities can occur causing pain and other dental issues. When teeth are out of alignment, it can lead to excessive wear, breakage and gum disease. And, unless the alignment is corrected, any dental restorations may fail.

Invisalign is an easy process to start. Once you are in the office of an Invisalign certified provider, you will either have traditional impressions or a digital scan of your mouth taken with an oral camera. These, along with your photographs, will be sent to Invisalign where trays will be fabricated according to the doctor’s instructions for your case. Your next visit will be about 2 week later when you will receive your initial set of custom Invisalign trays. You will be shown how to care for your trays and given any special instructions necessary. The first few days can take a little getting used to. However, once those first few days have passed, you will be accustomed to the trays and be on your way to a straighter and healthier smile.

For more information, or if you have any questions about Invisalign, contact Dr. Brian Gardiner, DDS, at Dental Reflections at Briarfield at 419-866-2400, located at 3210 Briarfield Blvd. in Maumee, or visit the website at