Franklin Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign Dentist Franklin, TN

Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces. Dr. Blourchian has completed the necessary training to be an Invisalign® Dentist, treating patients throughout the Franklin area. Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call (615) 526-2493 to schedule a consultation and see if Invisalign® is right for you.

Teenagers and adults love Invisalign® because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile.

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How does Invisalign® work?

As an Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Blourchian straightens teeth using a series of aligners. First, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a series of aligners can be created in a dental laboratory. The aligners themselves are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The material is virtually invisible.

The aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day, changing the aligner set every week or two depending on your case. Dr. Blourchian will give you specific instructions as to when you should replace each aligner set to the next set in the series. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making minor adjustments targeted to specific teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign®

  • Patients prefer wearing Invisalign® because of the convenience of its discreet appearance in comparison to wearing traditional braces.
  • Aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
  • They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
  • You can brush and floss your teeth like normal as no additional flossing or brushing tools are required.
  • There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained in comparison to wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
  • Aligners are easy to take care of and replaced every week or two.

How do I care for my aligners?

We recommend that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush them with a soft toothbrush.

Attachments

Some patients need to wear attachments or ridges in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is made of an enamel colored composite and secured to the teeth. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.

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Checkups

Patients will need to see us for checkups to ensure that teeth are moving according to Dr. Blourchian’s treatment plan. Fortunately, since the aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, these appointments are less frequent than if you were wearing metal braces. With traditional braces, a metal bracket is placed on each tooth, and a wire is threaded between them then held in place using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. This requires frequent office visits. For people with busy schedules and a hectic life, this is inconvenient and any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that braces need to be worn. As an Invisalign® dentist, we see patients less frequently because the checkups are not to adjust anything, just to make sure that the procedure is working. This is far more convenient for patients throughout the Franklin area.

Treatment Time

For most patients living in the Franklin TN area, Invisalign treatment can last anywhere from 3 months to 30 months. The exact treatment time will be determined after your dental records are submitted to Invisalign.

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Finding an Invisalign® Dentist

Only dentists with proper training and certification offer Invisalign®. When choosing an Invisalign dentist, be sure to choose a dentist who has the proper training and certification to provide Invisalign treatment to patients. Dr. Blourchian is a certified Invisalign provider and has treated hundreds of patients with Invisalign since 1998. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our New Image Dentistry office by calling 615-526-2493.

How will Invisalign® impact my life?

Unlike wearing traditional braces, Invisalign® will not make a major impact on your quality of life. Since the aligners are clear, most people won’t even realize you’re wearing braces. Additionally, since they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, they will not interfere with the foods you eat. This is a huge advantage because you can eat your favorite plate of ribs, go out for a romantic date, eat a caramel apple without worrying about something becoming stuck in your teeth or a wire being pulled out of place. This time also allows you to take the aligner out when having an important conversation or making a presentation at work. Overall, this is a convenient way to straighten your teeth and provides the maximum level of flexibility.

Some people are concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will impact their speech. Most of our Franklin patients tell us that there was a period of adjustment for the first couple of days. Prior Invisalign patients have reported having a slight lisp when initially wearing the aligners. This is standard with any orthodontic procedure but fortunately; most people can speak normally within a couple of days.

Definition of Invisalign® Terminology
Aligner Trays
With Invisalign® treatment, the patient will receive a series of aligner trays and swap out each one for the next one in the series every two weeks in order to gradually straighten the teeth.
Blue Compliance Indicator (Invisalign® Teen)
The blue compliance indicator is a small blue dot on the aligners that will fade from blue to clear in order to indicate if the patient is wearing the aligner for the proper amount of time and where the patient is in the Invisalign® process.
ClinCheck® Software
ClinCheck® software allows professionals to map out the straightening process the patient’s teeth will go through with Invisalign® in great detail.
Blue Compliance Indicator (Invisalign® Teen)
The blue compliance indicator is a small blue dot on the aligners that will fade from blue to clear in order to indicate if the patient is wearing the aligner for the proper amount of time and where the patient is in the Invisalign® process.
Gum Line
The gum line is the line in the mouth where the teeth and gums meet. If a patient struggles with gum recession, then the gum tissue around the teeth may begin to wear away.
Incisal Ridges
Incisal ridges are the portion of the crown of the tooth that makes up the incisal portion and can be a direct cause of overbite if they are extended too far.
iTero Element® Scanner
An iTero Element® scanner allows professionals to create a 3D image of the patient’s teeth in minutes and predict what it will take to move the teeth into proper alignment.
Malocclusion
Malocclusion is the condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when the bite is closed. Conditions of malocclusion can include overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite; all of which are treatable with Invisalign®.
Overbite
An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the upper teeth jut out over the lower teeth, covering them and causing other issues.
Polyurethane Resin
Polyurethane Resin is a USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight compound that makes up the Invisalign® aligners.
SmartForce Attachments
SmartForce attachments are small attachments that professionals place on the patient’s teeth before placing aligners to help move the teeth.
Smart Track® Material
Smart Track® material is in Invisalign® aligners to increase comfort, improve control of movement, increases the speed of treatment and applies a gentle force to the teeth over time.
Smile-Scan
Smile-Scan analyzes the way a patient smiles by measuring the position of the mouth and eyes before giving a score.
Vivera® Retainers
Vivera® retainers are a type of retainer that consists of clear plastic material and helps to maintain orthodontic corrections after a treatment.

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