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By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Are you interested in Invisalign, but a little hesitant to start the process? Dr. H. Russell Challenger can help ease your mind and set you up for success. At Challenger Family Dental, Invisalign is an option for adults and teenagers who want a smarter way to straighten their smiles while improving oral health. It's also discreet, comfortable, and flexible for any lifestyle. To determine if you're a candidate, schedule a consultation in our Clayton, NC office. You won't be disappointed!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new form of orthodontic treatment with many advantages. For starters, there's absolutely no metal in the mouth. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays to move teeth into their correct position. Because there's no metal, you're less likely to experience oral injuries, dental emergencies, and other inconveniences. There are also no diet restrictions with Invisalign since you don't have to worry about cracking a piece of candy on brackets or wires. Other benefits of this unique orthodontic treatment include no interruptions with your oral care routine. Plus, they're virtually invisible, letting you straighten discreetly and confidently.

What to Expect from Invisalign

Your new smile starts with a scan that is performed by Dr. Challenger in our Clayton, NC office. Using specialized computer software, he'll develop your personalized treatment plan from start to finish with a camera and without messy molds or discomfort. Before the physical aligners get crafted, Dr. Challenger can show you a preview of the finished product on the computer screen. Once the aligners are ready, he'll instruct you to wear them for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. The length of treatment depends on the patient but can be as minimal as six months. Retainers are optional but recommended to prevent teeth from shifting out of place.

Now that you've learned a bit more about this alternative orthodontic treatment, are you interested in Invisalign? If so, Dr. H. Russell Challenger can discuss options for teenagers as well as adults. He can also address any questions or concerns during the initial consultation.

For more information about Invisalign, and other services provided by Challenger Family Dental, visit our website. Call (919) 694-0694 for appointment scheduling in our Clayton, NC, office.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
October 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Have questions about Invisalign? Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign enhances your smile without interrupting your life. Something that millions of people have already discovered. Led by Dr. H. Russell Challenger, Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of custom-made aligner trays that gradually straighten your teeth. No archwires and brackets, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign treatment is a great solution for both teens and adults looking for an invisible method to improve their smiles.

What are the aligners made of?

Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a set of aligner trays. Invisalign aligner trays are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. The aligners are worn for about two weeks. Then you switch to a new set of aligner trays.

How do the aligners straighten teeth?

The aligners straighten your smile through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. You will need to wear your Invisalign aligners for about 20-22 hours each day, except to eat and clean your teeth. Invisalign aligners gently and continuously move your natural teeth in small increments.

What are the benefits of treatment?

Most patients love the fact that aligners are transparent and that they work with their lifestyles. They're almost completely invisible, so other people won't even notice that you're wearing them. Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for eating, special occasions, flossing, and brushing.

How long does treatment take?

It usually takes between 9-18 months to create a beautiful smile using Invisalign. The average length of your treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. Before you start treatment, you will know how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like at the end.

Will I need a retainer after treatment?

Wearing a retainer after Invisalign treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth in their new positions. If you want your teeth to stay in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. In many cases, the patient's last aligner will be their temporary retainer, until their retention option is determined. Our dentist can advise you on long term retention options.

Boost your self-esteem and confidence. Invisalign will do you a world of good. Call Challenger Family Dental to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Clayton, NC and get the smile you deserve.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
February 07, 2018
Category: Endodontics
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

When you wear traditional braces, the first thing most people notice about you is a flash of metal when you smile. Invisalign offers a more invisalignlow-key approach to straightening your teeth. Clayton, NC, dentist Dr. H. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental explains how Invisalign can help you improve your smile discreetly.

Trays, not wires, accomplish straightening

The system uses a series of plastic aligner trays that gently and gradually change the position of your teeth. Best of all, the removable trays are clear, making it nearly impossible for anyone to tell that you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Your trays are designed to exert continual pressure on your teeth, realigning crooked teeth and correcting bite problems. Most orthodontic issues that can be corrected with traditional braces can also be corrected with Invisalign, including open and crossbites, crowding and spacing issues, overbites, and underbites. If your problem is particularly complicated, you may still require metal braces. Luckily, most people can benefit from Invisalign. Invisalign aligner trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, then replaced with the next set in the series after one to two weeks.

Eating and oral hygiene is easy with Invisalign

Eating and brushing and flossing your teeth can be a little challenging if you wear metal or ceramic braces. You'll have to give up popcorn and hard or sticky foods the entire time you're straightening your teeth if you choose traditional braces. If you don't, you'll risk damaging your brace wires or brackets. You'll also need to double the amount of time you spend on oral hygiene because it's a little difficult to navigate the wires and brackets on your teeth when you brush and floss.

There will be absolutely no change to your oral hygiene routine when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. The trays are removed to eat and also when you brush and floss, making Invisalign an incredibly convenient straightening option. You can also take out your trays for a few hours if you're planning a special evening out in Clayton or will be participating in a sports game or practice.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Clayton, NC, dentist Dr. H. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental at (919) 694-0694 to schedule your appointment.

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