Varieties of Invisalign Treatments

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Let’s face it — who doesn’t want a set of perfectly aligned teeth? But the thought of years of unsightly metal braces can scare most of us away from taking the next step. Fortunately, modern technology offers an answer for those of us wanting a perfect smile without the shiny side effects!

Using advanced computer software and a patented thermoplastic material, Invisalign offers a custom dental alignment solution, without any metal. Dr. Zwier offers a number of Invisalign options for those ready to take the plunge.

Invisalign Full

The Invisalign Full treatment can treat most orthodontic problems over the course of one to two years. At the beginning of treatment, detailed measurements are taken and sent off for manufacturing. A series of invisible plastic aligners will be produced that will slowly move your teeth into the right position. The aligners must be replaced every few weeks and will need to be kept in place for at least 20-22 hours each day.

Invisalign Express

For those with fewer misalignments, Invalign Express offers a faster path to a perfect smile. Taking about six months, Invisalign Express involves a shorter series of aligners than the regular Invisalign system.

It is an ideal option for people with minor spacing or crowding issues, including those who have had orthodontic alignment in the past and just need a minor touch up.

Invisalign Teen

These treatments require sticking to a consistent schedule: aligners need to be worn every day in order to get the full effect, which can be difficult for busy teenagers. Luckily, Invisalign Teen offers special features that make it easier for teenagers to stick to the schedule.

For example, the Invisalign Teen aligners change color as they’re worn so that teens can remember how long they’ve been in, and doctors and parents can verify. Teenagers may also still have teeth that have yet to erupt, and Teen aligners make sure to leave room for these new arrivals.

Invisalign for Kids

For the youngest members of our families, Invisalign First offers a better-looking and safer alternative to metal braces. Tailored towards the needs of growing children, Invisalign First does not impose the same food restrictions as metal braces and does not require any change in brushing habits. Better yet, the plastic aligners are less likely to cause mouth injury, since they don’t contain any metal parts.

Invisalign Lite

Invisalign Lite is a treatment designed for those who have minimal corrections to make, such as crooked front teeth, mild overcrowding, or small gaps between the teeth. They are also useful for patients who have had braces or orthodontic treatment in the past, but their teeth have shifted slightly following those treatments. Invisalign Lite is less costly than other types of aligners, and the treatment can be completed faster, usually between 6 and 8 months. As with other forms of Invisalign, Dr. Zwier will place some small attachments on your teeth to ensure the treatment is effective.

Invisalign aligners are the perfect answer for those wanting that perfect smile but can’t stand the thought of metal braces. Whether you need one or two years of work or just a few months for a touch up, there is an Invisalign alternative that suits your needs. Invisible and comfortable, they allow almost anyone to have the smile they’ve always dreamed of.