The development of clear aligners for use in tooth movement has transformed orthodontics, allowing a wider range of dentists to address orthodontic concerns in their office and providing convenient options for patients. Dr. Gardner is a Gouverneur Invisalign® provider and offers this discreet option for both children and adults with mild to moderate concerns. Clear aligners offer treatment that is comfortable, discreet and convenient. There are typically no dietary restrictions because the aligners can be removed as needed to eat and brush the teeth.
Invisalign can be used to treat common problems related to the appearance of the smile and the function of the bite, including:
- Over bite
- Cross bite
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Under bite
- Gaps between teeth
Dr. Gardner can straighten a crooked smile while improving both bite function and overall oral health and wellness. Crooked teeth can be the underlying cause for a wide range of other dental problems, from tooth decay to TMJ disorders. The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is a consultation with Dr. Gardner. Through a comprehensive evaluation of your dental health and a discussion of your cosmetic goals, we can determine if Invisalign is right for you and provide a personalized treatment plan.
Invisalign: How Does It Work?
Invisalign uses custom-made clear aligners to gently reposition the teeth over a period of about a year, depending on the severity of your dental health needs. Dr. Gardner works in collaboration with Dr. Tom Shannon, a Board Certified Orthodontist licensed in the State of NY. Their team approach to your orthodontic care in our Gouverneur dental practice offers many benefits for the integrity of your result. Together, they address the dental health and cosmetic needs of patients using clear aligners.
The Invisalign Process
After an initial consultation and treatment planning, Dr. Gardner will use a digital scanner to take impressions of your teeth. These images are uploaded to the Invisalign software for use in the design and creation of your custom clear aligners. This process is simple, painless and relatively quick.
Once your custom aligners are complete, you will return to our office for the placement of the first set and your unique treatment plan instructions. Most patients will change their aligners every two weeks and will visit with us every 6-8 weeks for a progress checkup. For the duration of your treatment, Dr. Gardner will consult with Dr. Shannon to ensure that the result will be predictable and lasting.
We recommend that once treatment is complete, you continue to wear a custom-made retainer for the rest of your life. This will keep your new smile stable and minimize the risk of orthodontic relapse.
Clear Correct: Another Option in Clear Braces
Dr. Gardner also offers Clear Correct, a clear aligner system for addressing mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Similar to Invisalign, Clear Correct is a discreet and comfortable way for teens and adults to straighten their smile. When choosing the right option, Dr. Gardner will take several key factors into consideration: your dental health, your cosmetic goals, and your budget. He will present your most suitable options and expected results for your consideration.
Abour Dr. Shannon
Tom Shannon, DDS, is a Board Certified Orthodontist practicing in Grandville, MI. He is licensed in the State of NY and works collaboratively with Dr. Gardner to evaluate patient’s needs and create unique treatment plans to achieve their goals.
Dr. Shannon is a Premier Provider of Invisalign and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Orthodontics.