Seeing a straight smile is something many patients long for when they look in the mirror. Despite this, the idea of having long-term metal braces wired to their teeth makes the process less than appealing. With the advancements in orthodontic technology, there is no need to forgo a fabulous set of teeth anymore. The revolutionary Invisalign® clear braces will create a stellar smile in a more manageable and far faster timeframe. Dr. Lockhart, located in Indianapolis, IN can consult with you about the process of using Invisalign® clear braces to straighten your teeth, and if you do choose to try this orthodontic product, you are sure to be dazzled by the entire experience. Great for mature teens and adults alike, clear is clearly the way to go!
What is Invisalign®?
Instead of using those old-fashioned braces with cumbersome metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign® provides a more modern solution that is barely noticeable, since the “braces” are actually clear trays that fit right over the teeth. Even without the traditional “hardware,” these clear alternatives still get teeth remarkably straighter and they also correct spacing issues. Additionally, these clear aligners are helpful in improving the appearance of crowded teeth, and they correct overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite too. Some patients only need them for their top set of teeth, some for the bottom set, and others have them for both the top and bottom. They slip right over the teeth and fit comfortably because you will have a 3-D image taken of your teeth and your customized Invisalign tray(s) will be designed at the lab. What many people love most about Invisalign® is that their straighter smile arrives 50% faster than with traditional metal braces. Fast and free of that “metal mouth” appearance? What could be better?
Are Invisalign® removable?
Yes, you can (and must) remove them while you eat, and brush and floss your teeth. Otherwise, keep them in place at all other times, as much as possible.
Are the trays stiff?
You will enjoy the fact that the Invisalign® trays are quite flexible, making them comfortable while you speak, smile, and even sleep. They won’t irritate your gums either.
Can I eat normally while using Invisalign®?
Since you will remove the trays while eating, you can eat as usual. Just be sure your teeth are free of debris or food particles before replacing the tray back over your teeth.
How long will I need to wear my Invisalign® clear braces?
While you may see some initial results in just a few weeks time, it will take an average of 12-18 months for full and final results. This is still far faster than results from traditional metal braces.
How will the process go?
At your initial appointment, we will take an accurate impression of your teeth and bite and send it to the Invisalign® labs. They will soon send back a “before and after” expectation image of how your smile will appear after you use the Invisalign® trays for the proper amount of time. Then the Invisalign® trays will be custom crafted and sent to our offices within about two weeks. You will come back to get them and be instructed on how to use them properly. If for some reason they do not fit well, we will get them readjusted. For the best results, we will direct you to wear your Invisalign® clear aligners for 22 hours each day.
Will wearing the Invisalign® trays cause discoloration?
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® won’t discolor your teeth beneath. In fact, you can even whiten your teeth while wearing the aligner using strips, gels, or in an in-office whitening system.
Invisalign® is an incredible option that has improved the smiles and self-confidence of so many of our patients. The results are fast and the process is painless. For those who have longed for straighter teeth but never did anything about it because they did not want to wear metal braces, Invisalign® is the answer they’ve been waiting for.
Going out in public with clear braces is much more appealing, especially for adults who want to improve their smile. The idea of wearing metal braces reminds them of those “awkward” teen years. And who wants to face that again? And even people who have worn braces in the past may have experienced significant shifting over the years. There is always a second chance to get things straight once again.
What are you waiting for? Your smile can be straighter and more suitable for your mouth. Many issues can be easily corrected and in a far faster time frame than metal braces. It’s your time to smile with clear confidence!
Do you want to learn more about Invisalign and if they are the right choice for you? Call the office in Indianapolis to set up a consultation: 317-449-8048 and Dr. Lockhart will give you all the details. Your “before and after” will be a dental dream come true.
“Approximately 4:45 p.m., a crown came completely out. I immediately called Dr. Lockhart’s office to see if he was available. He was so 15 minutes later; I walked into his office. I was seen immediately; the tooth was prepped and recemented. Less than a half-hour after the tooth came out, it was back in, and I was on my way to the Pacer game. Great job!”
“I’ve had several teeth extracted, and can say unequivocally this was the easiest one to date. The tooth was out before I knew it, no muss, no fuss.”
“I am never disappointed with Dr. Lockhart’s service. I have been seeing him for my dental care for a few years now and it seems that my dental health has only improved since I began seeing him. I value how straight forward and honest he is with his patients. I would recommend him to everyone!”
“Everyone is professional and so friendly. They take the time to explain the procedures, and make you feel very comfortable in a very relaxed atmosphere. If you don’t like going to a dentist for whatever reason, I suggest you try Dr. Lockhart!”
“At the doctor’s recommendation, an old silver filling was replaced with enamel. This accomplished two things. It provided an opportunity to assess the health of the tooth-as it is a deep and old filling. And secondly it improved the visual of the mouth by having a filling material which blends with the tooth color. Though no further care is needed at this time, it is valuable to know what may be necessary going forward which eliminates the dreaded element of surprise in dental care. Dr. Lockhart and his staff create a comfortable, caring environment which puts the patient at ease while undergoing what might otherwise be an anxiety filled procedure. All aspects of the office visit were professional, efficient and most important of all – painless.”
“Great environment, courteous friendly and professional staff. I look forward to my dental visits because Danelle is welcoming and focused on my dental health and Dr Lockhart is always attentive and clear in his care and explanations.”
“Above and beyond! Our son broke off a tooth on A Tuesday evening. Dr. Lockhart and his staff are not scheduled to be in the office on Wednesdays. We nevertheless called the emergency number he provided first thing Wednesday morning. Dr. Lockhart promptly returned our call and we made arrangements to meet at the office. Dr. Lockhart was very thorough with his examination. He and McKenzie took great care of our son and got him fixed up. Always the highest level of care and customer service. THANK YOU!”
“I highly recommend Lockhart Dentistry to all my friends. After 30 years I finally made the decision to get crowns and braces. In less then 6 months, my treatment is over and I can smile with confidence. Thank you Dr. Lockhart, and your wonderful staff. I truly wonder why I waited so long!”
“Always a great and efficient visit. Extremely caring and have seen amazing progress for not being in a long time!”
“Great dentistry ! Top notch all around.“
“Experience and Tech Savvy. Dr Lockhart has more experience and is more technologically savvy than any dentist I’ve been to in my 54 years.”
“Happy to have found a dentist in my neighborhood for my entire family!”
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“When I think of Lockhart Dentistry, the terms “kindness, promptness, professionalism, and effectiveness” come to mind.”
“Lockhart Dentistry is a step above all others. Great enthusiastic staff that genuinely enjoy their jobs. Ingrid goes out of her way to make sure each visit is enjoyable and she is very thorough in explaining what she is doing throughout my examination. Every appointment I have had has been on schedule, very little time spent waiting in lobby, which is very important to me from a work and family perspective. I like the fact that they have email and text reminders too!!!”
“Best Long Term Dental Care. My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Lockhart for over 20 years. From routine bi-annual cleanings and checkups to implants, crowns and partial bridges that I’ve had through the years; Dr. Lockhart and his team have always provided the very best of care.”
"Highly recommend! I’ve been. With Dr Lockhart 25+ years….since he was at 71st and Shadeland. I had some serious issues that Dr Lockhart and his staff have helped me overcome. I can’t say enough great things about them (I even got my husband to join me there). Thank you so much to Lockhart Dentistry."
Routine 6 month cleaning and check. Have been a patient of Lockhart Dentistry since Doc came to Indianapolis. The entire staff is friendly and caring and works hard to make sure you are comfortable no matter what service is being provided.
"Great place, people are friendly and very nice. Dr. Lockhart always has an alternative or solution to my issues. I love Danielle! I always ask for her to do my cleaning. My teeth always feel extra clean."
Wonderful experience! Very thorough and friendly!
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