The 411 on Invisalign…

What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces?
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable retainers. The aligners are thin, medical-grade plastic and fit almost like contact lenses for your teeth. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and moves your crooked teeth progressively closer to straight. Braces, on the other hand, are glued to the teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t irritate lips or cheeks. Unlike mouthguards, aligners are thin enough that they rarely affect speech and are comfortable to keep in place.

What can Invisalign fix?
In the hands of an experienced provider, most cases with crowded, spaced, overlapping teeth, and overbites can be predictably corrected with Invisalign. Any tool can produce good or bad results. If two barbers use the same pair of scissors, they will create two very different haircuts.

Does it matter if my dentist does the treatment or should I see an orthodontist?
Of course! Orthodontists are specialists. If you wouldn’t allow your family doctor to deliver your baby or perform your nose job, then why permit your family dentist to straighten your smile?

How do I find an experienced Invisalign provider?
Invisalign.com has a “Doctor Locator” that differentiates between dentists and orthodontists. If the orthodontist has a “Top 1%” designation, you can be certain that they have treated many cases.

Dr. Kevin Davis, BA, DDS, MPH, FRCD(C) trained and taught at Harvard. Davis Orthodontics has locations in Yorkville, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Newmarket. www.davisortho.ca.