Invisalign

  • 5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®

    August 2, 2017

    Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But we (Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dale) are often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.

    In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.

    Here are the answers to the top five questions we’re asked about Invisalign Teen. We hope you find it helpful!

    1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (989) 488-4550 to set up an appointment to find out for sure.

    2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

    3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE. INVISALIGN IS SELFIE-APPROVED!

    Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.

    4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.

    Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so we can track compliance.

    5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT OUR OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.

    Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we tailor each plan to your child’s specific needs and will walk you through our recommendations to make sure you understand your child’s treatment plan and feel comfortable with our team.

    We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment options at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. (989) 488-4550.

    Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa offer free consultations and Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Call us today for more information!

  • Aesop May Have Known A Thing Or Two About Orthodontics

    October 25, 2016

    Remember Aesop’s fable about The Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well in today’s age of instant gratification that can be a hard sell – especially when you have a teen who wants a selfie-ready smile as fast as possible.

    Luckily your teen doesn’t need to live through years of orthodontics anymore in order to get the smile they desire! With new technology and techniques we can accelerate the pace of orthodontics and help your teen smile freely faster.

    You may have read about fast alternatives to traditional braces; well just like a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, things aren’t always what they seem. These techniques often involve moving just a few teeth as opposed to looking at the overall smile and well being of a patient.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa look at the overall wellness of their patients and help them to choose a course of action that benefits the individual.  For teens that want the fastest route to a straight smile, we focus on Accelerated Orthodontics to help your teen achieve their desired smile.

    Below are just a few of the paths we offer:

    1. AcceleDent®: it’s an orthodontics system that goes over the braces for 20 minutes each day to accelerate the work the braces are doing by up to 50%. Which means shorter time in braces!

    2. The PROPEL® System can also be used in combination with current orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces. The PROPEL System helps move teeth into their desired position 50% faster than teeth can move with Invisalign and traditional braces alone.

    While speed is often a big factor when choosing a treatment plan, so are looks. Your teen may not want metal braces in their selfies even if it means having orthodontics for a shorter period of time. If that’s the case, he or she should ask about Invisalign® Teen. Invisalign aligners are made of nearly invisible clear plastic. Many teens also like that the aligners are removable so they can eat whatever they want.

    So whether you have a Tortoise or a Hare for a teen – we’ll help you, and them, chose a treatment plan that’s right for them. AND we’ll make sure they get the best smile at the end – regardless of which path they choose.

    To book a consultation call our Midland, MI office at (989) 631-1334 today. Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa can’t wait to meet you and your teen!

  • No More Excuses! Even Adults Can Get a Perfect Smile

    December 3, 2015

    You’re never too old to get the smile of your dreams. All too often at Davis & Davis Orthodontics we hear parents rave about our work with their kids and then mutter quietly about how they’d like their smile to be just as straight. If we ask them about it we get lots of excuses:

    • I’m too old for braces.
    • I don’t want to look like a kid with a mouth full of metal.
    • My friends and family will make fun of me.
    • I heard Invisalign is expensive.

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in being the only Premier Elite Invisalign Provider in the Midland, MI area. While we love working with tweens and teens, we also love working with adults! Did you know that 1/3 of our patients are actually adults?! And, being adults ourselves, we understand your concerns about straightening your own teeth…but don’t you deserve a beautiful smile just as much as your kids?

    Invisalign is a great option for both teens and adults. In fact, we actually recommend Invisalign over traditional braces to 80% of our new patients; they’re just as effective and provide the same fantastic results!

    How does Invisalign Work?

    During your consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa determine the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. The Davis & Davis team then has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replace each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa have prescribed.

    What are the benefits?

    Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lip smiles here!

    Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.

    Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you’d like while in treatment- there are no food restrictions! Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem.

    Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You will visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track, leading you to achieve your desired smile.

    Cost Effective: At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment if that helps you achieve the smile of your dreams.

    What if Invisalign doesn’t work for me?

    Worried about your teeth going back to their crooked positions? We keep track of your progress and, in the rare case that we determine traditional braces are necessary, we will make the switch at no additional cost to you.

    A complimentary consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can determine if Invisalign is right for you. Just picture the new family photo!

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics serves all of Midland County including Midland, Auburn, Freeland and the surrounding area.

  • What makes teeth crooked?

    November 20, 2015

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:

    • Thumb sucking
    • Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
    • Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
    • Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils

    There are also hereditary factors we get from our parents, like:

    • Extra teeth
    • Large teeth
    • Missing teeth
    • Wide spaces between teeth
    • Small jaws

    Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis and our team know that having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

    • Interfere with proper chewing
    • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
    • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

    There are several treatment options we offer at Davis & Davis Orthodontics that can help correct crooked teeth. Please give us a call at our convenient Midland, MI office to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.

  • Give Your Teen the Smile of their Dreams with Invisalign

    November 1, 2015

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics, located in Midland, MI, is the only Premier Elite Provider of Invisalign & Invisalign Teen in the Midland area, offering clear aligners as a treatment option for their patients. Consider Invisalign to provide your teen with the beautiful straight teeth they’ve always wanted as alternative to braces – it’s just as effective and provides the same fantastic results!

    How does Invisalign work?

    During a consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa determine the exact movements necessary to get your teen’s teeth into the correct position. The Davis & Davis team then has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As your teen replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa have prescribed.

    What are the benefits?

    Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lipped selfies here!

    Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.

    Confidence Booster: A recent study found that only 22% of teens feel that wearing braces does/will boost their self-esteem; whereas, nearly half of teens report wearing Invisalign does/will boost their self-esteem (47%). Likewise, 40% of Teens reported that wearing braces would/does negatively impact their self-confidence during treatment; whereas, only 13% of Teens reported the same about wearing Invisalign aligners. After conversations with our Adult patients, we think the findings would be similar.

    Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing your teen to eat and drink whatever they’d like while in treatment- there are no food restrictions! Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem.

    Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You and your teen will visit Davis & Davis Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.

    Cost Effective: At Davis & Davis Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment.

    A complimentary consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics can determine if Invisalign is right for your teen:

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics serves all of Midland County including Midland, Auburn, Freeland and the surrounding area.