Retention

Improving Smiles In Glendale & Desert Ridge, AZ

Dr. Arthur and his staff have helped families in Glendale, Desert Ridge, and the surrounding Arizona areas achieve beautiful smiles for years. Dedicated to bringing you top quality orthodontic care, we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of orthodontic services. Invisalign Teen, one of the most popular treatments we offer, is a great alternative to braces for younger patients. Read below to learn more.

    

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign teen is a cosmetically enhanced method for straightening teeth without the use of metal wires and brackets. It’s nearly invisible and does not involve the same restrictions that metal braces do. Invisalign Teen is essentially a clear set of removable aligners that are custom-made with 3D imaging technology to fit the individual’s top and bottom teeth. You will get a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth progressively shift into a straight position.

    

Benefits Of Invisalign Teen

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Straighten Your Teeth With Orthodontics & Keep Your New Smile For A Lifetime

Local orthodontist, Dr. Chad Arthur, offers quality orthodontic care and treatments for all children and adults in the Glendale & Desert Ridge communities. Our Arthur Orthodontic team is dedicated to helping patients tackle common orthodontic problems and achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Arthur stays up to date with the technological advancements in orthodontics to ensure that each patient receives only the best treatment and care possible while in a comfortable, friendly environment. After treatment, whether you had traditional braces, Damon braces or Invisalign, we will immediately set you up with a retainer and begin retention treatment. We know that you worked hard to get your new smile and we want you to be able to keep it straight for a lifetime.

The Importance Of Retention & How Retainers Work

The retention phase begins as soon as your braces are removed. This stage of your treatment is the most important phase, as it solidifies the hard work you’ve put into straightening your smile. If used as prescribed, the retainer works to stabilize your teeth in their new places, ensuring that your smile stays as straight as it is the day your braces are removed. A retainer should be worn all day, and only be taken out if you are brushing or flossing your teeth and to eat.

Types of Retainers

At Arthur Orthodontics, we offer two types of retainers, and Dr. Arthur works hard to determine which type best fits your needs and lifestyle. The different types we offer include:

Essix Retainers

An Essix retainer is a clear plastic retainer that is smooth and fits over the entire arch of your teeth. Like Invisalign aligners, this type of retainer is removable, doesn’t require wires and is easy to clean.

 

Fixed Retainers

A fixed retainer is a bonded lingual retainer that is attached directly to the inside surface of your teeth. This retainer helps maintain better alignment of your upper and lower teeth. If you have a fixed retainer and the wire breaks, it is important to come into our Glendale or Desert Ridge office to get it rebounded. It is also important to keep this area clean so as to avoid any oral problems such as gum disease.

Contact Arthur Orthodontics

We are so happy you are nearing the retention stage of your orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your specific treatment plan and the retainers we offer, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly address them. We look forward to seeing you and your new, straight smile!

ve treatment option that is equally comparable to traditional braces without the appearance of braces in your mouth. Additionally, the aligners are comfortable to wear and easily removable, enabling you to:

  • Eat whatever you want, when you want it
  • Brush, floss, and care for your teeth easily
  • Play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities

Invisalign Teen Vs. Invisalign For Adults

Invisalign Teen is similar to Invisalign for adults with the exception of a few minor differences:

  1. Colored Compliance Tabs – Invisalign Teen features a blue dot indicator on each aligner, which will fade away after two weeks of wear. This technology helps us determine if movements are complete and ready for the next stage. It also reminds the patient to wear the aligner as often as recommended, as their doctors can tell if the duration of has been inadequate. Invisalign Teen is proven most effective when it is worn for 20-22 hours a day, and routinely, the trays are changed every two weeks.
  2. Replacement Aligners – Invisalign Teen comes with six complimentary replacement aligners, just in case the patient misplaces the original set.
  3. Eruption Tabs – Many teens still have permanent teeth emerging from beneath the gum line. This is why there is additional space left in the aligners to make room for any adult teeth which need to erupt, making Invisalign a treatment option for teens.

The Convenience Of Invisalign Teen

The average treatment time and price for Invisalign Teen is similar to what it would be for Damon braces however it is patient specific based on the complexity of treatment. Provided the patient consistently wears the Invisalign trays, treatment can be very smooth with fewer visits to the orthodontic office. Convenience is also one of the main reasons why more people than ever, both teens and adults, are opting for clear aligners to achieve their dream smile.

Contact Arthur Orthodontics!

Arthur Orthodontics is proud to serve the communities of Glendale and Desert Ridge, AZ. If you have any questions regarding Invisalign Teen, please contact us. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. We look forward to seeing you smile!