Straighten Your Teeth to Perfection with Invisalign®
No metal! No wires! Dr. Grimshaw offers two alternatives to traditional metal braces that use clear, comfortable plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into the correct position. We offer Invisalign®. Both adults and teens can benefit from these effective procedures for straightening teeth and aligning the bite (how your upper and lower arches meet).
Dr. Grimshaw is friendly, easy to talk to, listens carefully to you, and answers any questions you may have. She draws upon her advanced training and experience to help you select the best treatment option for your smile. One of our most recommended treatment options is Invisalign®.
Find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign® by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Grimshaw today. Please call (910) 692-4450 or click here to request an appointment online.
How Invisalign® Works
Invisalign® is customized for each patient to gradually and gently shift teeth into the correct alignment. The basic principle is the same as for traditional braces: constant force encourages your body to reshape the bone around your teeth, allowing them to move.
Invisalign® is a reliable, proven method of straightening teeth.
Planning Your Invisalign® Treatment
Dr. Grimshaw takes digital X-rays, external photos, and impressions of your teeth, creating digital 3D images of your teeth. Dr. Grimshaw uses these images to map out a precise treatment plan. She can show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment, and let you know the approximate length of treatment.
Custom Clear Aligners
Custom, clear Invisalign® aligners are fabricated following the treatment plan designed by Dr. Grimshaw. These aligners are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your gums like traditional metal braces often do. It’s recommended to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day. You can remove the aligners to eat and to brush and floss your teeth.
Gradually Straightening Your Teeth
When your teeth have moved to the endpoint for each aligner, you will switch to a new aligner. In the past, this always took about two weeks. With advancements in technology, you might achieve the endpoint after about a week. After your first few aligners, we might authorize you to wear them for only one week–essentially cutting your treatment time in half!