Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign TrayInvisalign aligner trays allow you to straighten your smile discreetly. Invisalign is a treatment method for straightening teeth that are misaligned. Unlike, metal braces that are cemented to the teeth, Invisalign utilizes removable trays that can be taken out when eating. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss, which makes maintaining good oral hygiene easier. At TLC Dentistry, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn, and Dr. William Cartee, Jr. are your dentists for Invisalign in Lexington, KY.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign gently straightens and moves teeth into the desired position by applying controlled force in the same manner as traditional braces. Unlike braces, though, Invisalign uses removable trays rather than brackets and wires to move the teeth. The trays fit directly over the top and bottom rows of teeth and can be removed to eat or clean the teeth. New trays are provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth gently move closer to the desired final position. Invisalign treatment lasts about 12 months for most people.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages as an option for straightening your smile. Your dentist for Invisalign in Lexington, KY, can help you decide if Invisalign is the right choice for your or your teen. Advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Discreet — Trays are made of clear plastic that is virtually unnoticeable to others.
  • Comfortable — Trays are made of a soft plastic material with no hard metal brackets or wires to poke and irritate the mouth and gums, as is the case with traditional braces.
  • Removable — Trays can be taken out to brush and floss, which makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene as compared to traditional braces in which food particles and bacteria can be easily trapped by the brackets and wires.
  • Protection — Trays provide protection against the grinding or clenching of teeth, which can wear teeth down and damage them over time.

You can straighten your smile quickly and discreetly with Invisalign clear aligner trays. For Invisalign in Lexington, KY, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee, Dr. Chalothorn, or Dr. Cartee by calling TLC Dentistry at (859) 223-8987.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

So you want to do something about your crooked teeth, but you're not sure you want to deal with metal braces, brackets and wires? invisalignMaybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you want to know more?

If you are in Lexington, KY and you are trying to decide on braces, it might be worth talking with the qualified, caring staff at TLC Dentistry about the benefits of Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign might be the perfect option for you.

Invisalign is the brand name of a system of clear braces – in fact, Invisalign has been around longer than any other clear braces system. How it works is that instead of having a lot of metal bands, brackets and wires permanently attached to your teeth – and all the hassle and self-consciousness that can bring – Invisalign instead utilizes a series of plastic trays that you wear for specific periods of time.

Like traditional braces, your Lexington dentist will take careful measurements and may make a plaster mold of your teeth; from these specifications, your personal set of Invisalign trays will be designed and manufactured. Each tray will be designed to place gentle pressure on your teeth to align them according to your treatment plan. You will wear each tray in the set, in order, for a certain period of time and for a specific number of hours per day, until your treatment plan is completed.

The benefit of Invisalign is that, aside from the required visits to your Lexington dentist, you are largely in the driver’s seat. You'll generally want to wear the clear braces for at least 22 hours per day, but you can take them out any time you feel it is necessary – to clean them, for example – and you are the only one who knows you are wearing them when you actually have them on.

Invisalign works best for minor occlusions and bite issues. For example, if you have a severe overbite, your Lexington dentist may recommend another option.

For more information on Invisalign, or if you are seeking a caring, qualified dentist in the Lexington, KY area, call TLC Dentistry at 859-223-8987.

By TLC Dentistry
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

One of the most noticeable first impressions you can make is with a smile. If you wish your teeth were straighter or more even, you may have considered braces. However, along with braces comes metal wires and brackets which may not seem worth the hassle. Luckily, there is now another option to straighten your teeth without the metal in your mouth. Invisalign uses clear, discreet aligner trays to give Invisalignyou the perfect first impression, a beautiful smile.

How does Invisalign work? 
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign uses pinpointed pressure placed onto the teeth to straighten them into their correct positions. Invisalign consists of a set of comfortable, clear aligner trays fabricated from soft and durable plastic. In some cases, your dentist may use small, tooth-colored bumps which affix to the teeth, called attachments, to further direct the pressure from the trays.

What is the process for Invisalign? 
The Invisalign process begins with your dentist taking a 3D, computerized mold of your mouth. Invisalign’s dental laboratory uses the mold to create a video showing exactly the route on which your teeth will move to their final positions. Your dentist will consult with you when the video is complete to be sure that you approve of your new smile. After approval, the laboratory creates your set of aligner trays which you will wear throughout treatment. A full set of aligner trays usually consists of anywhere from 10 to 30 trays and the amount of time the treatment lasts varies based on the individual and their teeth. The patient wears each tray for about two weeks, then switches the current tray for the next in the series. This pattern continues until there are no more trays, signaling the end of treatment.

The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign straightens your teeth discreetly, without the hassle of traditional braces’ metal wires and brackets. Additionally, the trays do not require dental cement, leaving your teeth completely intact while they move. Perhaps the most exciting feature of Invisalign is that it is completely removable. While patients must wear the trays for about 22 hours a day, they can be removed to eat and brush. The trays may also be removed for special occasions such as a prom or homecoming dance or a public speaking engagement.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. William E. Lee, DMD, and Dr. Pada Chalothorn, DMD at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-8987 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for Invisalign today!

By TLC Dentistry
August 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignFind out how these popular invisible braces could give you the straighter smile you’ve been looking for.

Tired of people noticing your crooked smile? Wish you could show off a gorgeous straight smile but worried that you’re too old for braces? Luckily, it’s never too late to get that smile you want and you don’t even need to sport that stereotypical metal mouth while you do it. Find out how your team of Lexington dentists Drs. John Thompson, William Lee and Pada Chalothorn can straighten your smile invisibly with Invisalign.

The Science Behind Invisalign

You probably already knew that Invisalign is made up of a series of clear aligners that look similar to a mouth guard or whitening tray. So, how do these aligners actually straighten teeth? Based on impressions and measurements taken of your smile by your Lexington dentist, an Invisalign dental lab uniquely designs each aligner to fit your teeth. These aligners are specially designed to move teeth in a specified sequence as determined by us during your first visit. How many aligners you will need to wear will depend on the severity of your condition.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

Every two weeks, you will replace your aligners with the next set in your treatment series. While aligners can be removed for brushing and eating, patients should wear them for a minimum of 22 hours each day in order to achieve the results they want by their estimated treatment time. Each aligner is created to use controlled force to slowly push teeth into the proper position. In about a year, many of our adult patients have been able to get the results they want without having to wear noticeable braces. Pretty neat, huh?

Ready to discover whether Invisalign is right for you? Then it’s high time you called TLC Dentistry to schedule an orthodontic consultation. Let us help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Many dental patients consider Invisalign superior to the traditional method of straightening their teeth for a number of reasons. Here are five benefits of Invisalign that will probably convince you that it’s time to schedule an appointment with Lexington, KY family dentist Dr. John A. Thompson today.

The Treatment Process is Simple
The concept behind Invisalign is so amazingly simple that many patients are pleasantly surprised when they learn what is involved. Your dentist will prescribe a series of plastic trays that are specifically designed for your mouth. Just wear them regularly and they will gently adjust the position of your teeth. It requires minimal disruption to your current lifestyle.

Invisalign is Quick
Another major benefit of invisible braces is that the process of straightening and aligning your teeth is relatively quick compared to other options, like traditional metal braces. The entire process can take between six to nine months whereas regular braces often take two or more years.

Most People Don’t Realize You Have Braces
Invisalign braces are often called “invisible braces” because when you have them on people barely even notice at first. The plastic material is clear and lightweight. So if you’re self-conscious about people looking at your teeth in public places, there are no worries with Invisalign braces from Lexington, KY family dentist Dr. Thompson.

You Can Remove them to Eat & Socialize
With traditional metal braces you are forced to wear them all the time because they’re bonded to your teeth, but with Invisalign you can take them off whenever necessary. So say you have an important meeting with a client and you want to make a good impression—you can take the Invisalign tray off temporarily to feel more comfortable when you’re talking and smiling. Just remember to put them back on right after your meeting. 

Less Pain than Traditional Braces
Anyone who has ever worn metal braces can tell you that it isn’t the most comfortable experience. The brackets sometimes rub up against the inside of your mouth and cause chaffing. When the wires are tightened by your dentist you may have deal with headaches. But with Invisalign you experience little to no discomfort during the treatment.

Contact Lexington, KY family dentist Dr. John A. Thompson for your first Invisalign appointment at (859) 223-8987. He also has a convenient online appointment scheduling tool on his website at .

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