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How Long Does Invisalign Take To Straighten Teeth?

July 13th, 2017

How Long Does Invisalign Take To Straighten Teeth?

The time it will take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign is dependent on each individual case, but adult Invisalign treatment averages about 12 months. Your Phoenix Smyl Co orthodontist will develop a treatment plan after your initial examination based on your individual needs.

We understand that, once you decide to get orthodontic treatment, you will be anxious to show off your new smile as quickly as possible. Our orthodontists are experienced experts at giving you the beautiful, confident smile you are looking for in the least amount of time possible.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by molding clear plastic trays to your teeth and creating several sets of trays that change incrementally until they have shifted your teeth into the new, desired positions. Our downtown Phoenix patients range from early teens to adults and they all love the almost invisible look of their Invisalign aligners. The custom aligners fit snugly over your teeth and must be worn 22 hours each day for maximum tooth movement. The aligners are changed to a new set every two weeks.

What Are The Advantages of Invisalign Over Braces?

Want To Know More About Invisalign? Call The Smyl Co. Today!

When you are looking for an orthodontist, you want to search for experienced professionals who were successful in their education and are active in their professional organizations and communities. When you meet the doctors at The Smyl Co, you’ll find they are exactly that. See if Invisalign is right for you by calling The Smyl Co at (602) 362-2444. Our professionals will examine your teeth and get you started on the best treatment plan for creating a lasting shining smile.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Straightening Teeth with Invisalign

Straightening Teeth with Braces

Length of Treatment

6 to 18 months

2 years

Food Restrictions

Recommend drinking only water with aligners in; take out to eat and drink your choice of food

Recommend not eating sticky or very hard foods and not drinking sugary drinks

Material used

Plastic aligner trays

Metal or ceramic bands and wires

Type of orthodontic problems

Best for more mild orthodontic problems such as moderate crowding or relapsed tooth movement.

Best for more challenging orthodontic problems such as significant over and underbites and twisted teeth

Orthodontist visits

Fewer visits to your Scottsdale orthodontist, approx. every 6 weeks to check progress and pick up new sets of aligners

Visit monthly to change wires and tighten brackets

Use with accelerated orthodontics?




Generally more expensive than braces with an average cost of $5000, depending on individual treatment needs

Generally less expensive than Invisalign with an average cost between $1800 and $5500, depending on individual treatment needs

Six Reasons to Consider Invisalign

June 1st, 2017

Welcome to The Smyl Co., where we are happy to be Elite Invisalign providers in the Phoenix area. Invisalign is a state-of-the-art method for straightening teeth that is virtually invisible. The Invisalign system uses a set of clear, plastic aligners that are customized to fit an individual’s teeth. Invisalign is a comfortable and convenient option for straightening teeth, with additional perks listed below:

Benefits of Invisalign:

  1. Eat whatever you want. Due to the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable, feel free to eat whatever you want. Traditional braces restrict you from eating things like nuts, corn on the cob, popcorn and other sticky and hard foods. With Invisalign, just make sure to remove your aligners and you’ll still be able to indulge in your favorite foods.
  2. Better oral health. Brush, floss and care for your teeth the way you normally would. With Invisalign, there are no brackets or wires to get in the way of flossing and brushing, making your teeth easy to clean and care for. This will result in optimal oral health in addition to your straightened teeth!
  3. Removable. As mentioned before, Invisalign aligners are easy to remove. If you need to eat, brush your teeth or just want a break from wearing them, simply remove them! It’s that easy. However, do make sure to wear your aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours a day!
  4. Less time at the orthodontic office. You’ll save time when you choose Invisalign vs. braces, since you have no wires or brackets that require tightening or adjusting. With Invisalign, your chair time at the orthodontist is minimal.
  5. They’re invisible! Lastly, one of the best features Invisalign has to offer is that it straightens teeth while being practically invisible! This is one of the major reasons adults choose Invisalign over braces. Continue living your life without worrying about braces getting in the way. Choose Invisalign today!

If you’re in the Downtown Phoenix and have questions about Invisalign or about any other services we offer, please feel free to contact us and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you. 602-362-2444

Tips to adjusting to life with Invisalign

May 5th, 2017

Recent survey results have demonstrated the fact that straight teeth can increase one’s self-esteem, confidence and happiness. If you’re one of the thousands in the Phoenix area who have selected the Invisalign treatment process to straighten your teeth, you are well on your way to a beautiful new smile.

Invisalign is a preferred orthodontic treatment method for Phoenix orthodontists like The Smyl Co for those who want to perfect their smile with the least amount of notice. The clear plastic aligners are hardly noticeable and allow the teeth to move without the hassles of bracket and wires.

Despite the many advantages of your Smyl Co Invisalign treatment, it may take some time to adjust to the aligners in your mouth. Here are some tips to help you through your Invisalign treatment to ensure a smooth and convenient experience.
Invest In A Travel Kit
Invisalign aligners only work if you wear them. Our Invisalign patients must commit to wearing their aligners 22 hours a day. However, plan to take the aligners anytime you eat or drink something throughout the day. Before you put them back in, be sure to brush your teeth to ensure the aligners are being placed over clean teeth. Never insert your trays after eating if you haven't brushed your teeth. Putting your trays in without cleaning your teeth puts you at risk for developing cavities and staining your aligners. A small travel toothbrush can be the mainstay of your dental travel kit. Add a travel-sized toothpaste, dental floss, an aligner case, and mini mouthwash, now you’re set to be on the go as you travel about Phoenix or beyond. Just place this travel kit in your purse or pocket every morning ensures you have it with you whenever you need it.
Use A Nail File
Although the chances of your Invisalign aligners cutting into your mouth and gums is far less common than with traditional braces, it can sometimes happen. Your Invisalign aligner trays can come out of the molds a little sharp and rub the inside of your cheeks. To solve this problem, you can round off the more pointed ends using a new emery board.
Clean & Refresh Aligners Often
Having anything in your mouth for 22 hours every day can leave a weird taste in your mouth and your breath. When you take your aligners out to eat, we recommend that your brush your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them off with cold water. To thoroughly clean your Invisalign aligners, consider soaking them in a glass of water with a denture or retainer cleaning tablet.
Use Your Phone Timer
It’s so easy to forget to put your aligners back in after you eat or drink. Don’t let the hours slip away. Maintain your 22 hours of aligner wear each day by setting the timer on your phone or watch to remind you a half hour after every time you take them out. This may seem like too much, but the more hours you have your aligners in, the faster your treatment time will be and the closer you will be to a new, healthy, beautiful smile!
Invest In A Removal tool
Because you will need to remove and replace your Invisalign aligners several times every day, you may want to invest in an Aligner Removal Tool. This will not only keep your hands out of your mouth, it will protect your manicured nails from damage. DentalKit.com offers one for less than $4. And, on Amazon.com, you can purchase the Outie tool for about $20. These plastic tools hook onto your plastic aligners for fast, easy removal.

All of these tips should help you live a happy life during your Invisalign treatment with The Smyl Co. If you have any questions or want to offer your own Invisalign tip, contact the professionals at The Smyl Co at (602) 362-2444. Our staff and doctors are ready and waiting to help you and see if Invisalign is right for you. We look forward to creating that smile of your dreams!

Our Doctors are Board Certified – But What Does That Mean?

April 4th, 2017

At The Smyl Co. we take pride in helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles that last them a lifetime. We are committed to high-quality treatment, and we work hard to create customized treatment plans that are highly effective for each patient. We also take pride in the fact that all of our orthodontists are board certified – but we realize that for many of our patients, that term is a mystery. Rest assured, though: it's an important qualification, and it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you're in good, capable hands.

What Is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), but has also gone through a competitive residency at an orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

If an orthodontist is board certified, they've completed not only traditional college and dental school, but an additional 2-year postdoctoral program devoted to the study of orthodontics. This means that in all, a board certified orthodontist has gone through 10 years of schooling to earn their certification! Board certification also means that the orthodontist has been evaluated by the board and earned their "stamp of approval."

But beyond the years of training, certifications, and exams, board certification denotes an orthodontist you can trust. A board certified orthodontist is dedicated to their craft and committed to the health and well-being of their patients, and you can trust that they'll bring their expertise to bear in helping patients achieve a beautiful smile. Board certification isn't just a stamp or a piece of paper: it's a crucial symbol of professional competence and dedication.

Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Board Certified Pediatric Orthodontists
We're very proud to have an expert team of orthodontists at our practice, all of whom are board certified. We've helped countless patients throughout the Phoenix, and Scottsdale areas achieve a beautiful smile. If you'd like to talk about your orthodontic health or schedule for an initial examination, please use our easy online form or reach out to us at our contact page.

Our doctors are Premier Providers of Invisalign clear aligner treatment, and use it exclusively to create the smile you’ve always wanted without using metal wires and brackets.

Drs. Masserman, Feinberg, and Goldstein are board-certified orthodontists. They have been examined by their peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies their pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.

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