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Invisalign® Specialist

Murray Family Dental

General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Teeth Whitening located in Carmel, IN

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry associated with metal wires, brackets, and rubber bands. However, thanks to modern treatment techniques, attaining a straight, healthy smile is both easy and hassle-free. At Murray Family Dental in Indianapolis, Emily Murray, DDS, regularly prescribes Invisalign® for teens and adults. Murray Family Dental offers free consultations so patients know how long their long treatment will last, what will be corrected, and what your final result will look like. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling or clicking today.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit snugly over the surface of your teeth. Over time, the aligners gradually straighten and move your teeth, providing you with a beautiful, Hollywood-worthy smile. 

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nonmetallic. Instead, they’re made of an FDA-approved plastic known as SmartTrack®. SmartTrack is safe for patients of all ages, including those with allergies. It’s free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten. 

What types of issues can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign treatment is incredibly versatile. Dr. Murray regularly uses Invisalign to treat:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth

Dr. Murray might also recommend Invisalign treatment if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth. 

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Dr. Murray typically recommends Invisalign treatment for adolescents and adults with mild or moderate orthodontic issues. 

Aligners are a comfortable and convenient option to address most alignment issues, but you might benefit from another type of orthodontic treatment if your problems are beyond what aligners can correct. 

In addition, Invisalign aligners aren’t an option for children under the age of 14. Kids’ teeth are still growing, which may complicate treatment. Also, many youngsters aren’t mature enough to regularly clean and care for their aligners. 

What happens during Invisalign treatment?

At the beginning of Invisalign treatment, Dr. Murray develops a unique digital plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Afterward, Dr. Murray takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a laboratory, which creates your aligners. 

A week or two later, you return to the office for your first fitting. Dr. Murray gives you your first set of aligners, which you wear between 20-22 hours each day. 

Every 4-6 weeks, you return to Murray Family Dental to get a new set of aligners. Dr. Murray monitors your progress and adjusts your aligners as necessary. 

In most cases, Invisalign aligners take between 12-18 months to produce the desired results. After you finish wearing your final set of aligners, you’ll transition to a retainer. 

To learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, make an appointment at Murray Family Dental today. Call or use the online booking tool.