Invisalign Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

Would you love a straighter smile without the hassles of traditional metal braces? If so, InvisalignⓇ might be a great option and is among the services available from John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama. You can learn more about this innovative teeth straightening system during a personalized consultation, which can be booked online or over the phone today.

Invisalign Q&A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses clear plastic aligners to reposition your teeth into optimal alignment. It’s an alternative to traditional metal braces and can correct many of the same alignment issues. 

Some of the common problems Invisalign can improve include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowding
  • General misalignment

There are some cases where metal braces are the best treatment option. Dr. Aiken will discuss all available treatment options, enabling you to make an informed decision about your treatment plan. 

Invisalign is a great choice for adults who want to achieve a straighter smile without a gleaming metallic appearance. There are also Invisalign solutions for teens, which are equipped with special colored areas to allow parents and teens to track treatment compliance. 

How does Invisalign work?

During your initial visit, Dr. Aiken and his team gather digital images of your teeth, bones, and soft tissues. Patented software assesses your alignment and crafts a customized treatment plan.

This information is used to create customized clear plastic aligner trays. When your first set of trays arrive, you place them directly over your teeth. The tray places gentle pressure on your teeth, moving them closer to optimal alignment. 

Every couple of weeks you’ll switch to a new set of trays, which keeps the process moving forward. Periodic visits at Inverness Smiles allows Dr. Aiken to check your progression and make changes as needed. 

How often do I wear my aligner trays?

You’ll wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only while eating and drinking and when performing your dental hygiene routine. The trays are clear, and most people won’t even notice you have them on. 

After a few days, you’ll get used to wearing your trays and will have no problem speaking while wearing them. You’ll also be able to watch your smile transform over time, all without a mouth full of metal or the difficulties of keeping braces clean. 

Invisalign is just one alternative to traditional metal braces. During your visit, you’ll learn about all the alignment options available through the practice. 

If you have questions about what Invisalign can do for you, come in for a face-to-face consultation. The Invisalign software can even show you what your smile will look like once treatment is complete! Booking a visit takes just moments online or over the phone by speaking with a friendly team member.