Idaho Orthodontics


Excited for a straighter smile without brackets? Invisalign will be your best friend.

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Treatment Options

Braces are not just for teenagers! With technology continually advancing, we can help you get the smile you have always wanted at any age.  It is recommended to bring children in for an evaluation while they are young. Some treatments are simpler and shorter if the patient is evaluated at a younger age.  

How does Invisalign™ work?

Orthodontists create plans to restructure patients’ jaws, bites, and teeth alignment using pressure provided by either braces or Invisalign. This is why new Invisalign aligners will feel tight initially, but “fit” over time. This is because the aligner has moved your teeth! Most patients begin to see changes within weeks of wearing the aligners and many treatments can be completed in a matter of months. Your orthodontist at Idaho Orthodontics will let you know how long your treatment will take.

What’s it like to use Invisalign™ aligners every day?

You’ll remove the aligners when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss, but you’ll get used to having them in. Invisalign is easy to talk with, sleep in, and participate in your daily activities. 

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Education & Resources

Invisalign™ 101

How often do you have to wear your Invisalign™ aligners?
Teeth only move when they're under constant pressure; thus, you'll need to wear your Invisalign retainers as required by treatment. The time you'll need to wear your retainer can vary throughout your treatment, so pay attention to what

Teeth only move when under constant pressure, so you'll need to get used to wearing your Invisalign often. Your treatment plan will specify how many hours each day you should be wearing your Invisalign. This time amount can fluctuate throughout treatment based on what movement is needed. Once your treatment is over, you'll need to wear retainers regularly to retain the progress made.
Can I eat with my Invisalign™ aligners in?
Chewing with your Invisalign retainers is not the best plan. Invisalign aligners are not strong enough to eat with, so they may break and not work as intended. You'll need to remove them before eating and then brush your teeth before putting them back in.
Can I drink various beverages with my Invisalign™ aligners in?
Throughout the day, you should be drinking water. It's perfectly fine to drink water with your Invisalign aligners in. Water is acceptable because it has no dyes or sugar content. Just like your teeth, drinking sugary drinks can cause plaque and bacteria to build on your aligners. If you desire to sip on a sugary drink throughout the day, use a straw.
How do I clean my Invisalign™ aligners?
Brush out and rinse your Invisalign aligners every day. It's important not to scrub them with the toothbrush you use for brushing your teeth and to not use toothpaste. Toothpaste has small abrasive particles that scrub plaque off of your teeth, but the particles will erode away your Invisalign aligners. If you want to use more than just water and a light amount of soap to clean out your aligners, some companies produce small tablets that have light cleaning agents to help clean your retainers.
What are Invisalign™ aligners made out of?
Invisalign aligners are created from a medical grade thermoplastic. They'll fit snug over your teeth and not expand due to wear overtime. While they're tough, they shouldn't be worn while you chew. Foods and your tooth enamel are still tougher.

Creating Smiles.
Changing Lives.

At Idaho Orthodontics, you are more than a patient, you are part of our family. Dr. McMinn, Dr. Brown, and the rest of our team will do everything they can to make sure you or your loved one has an incredible experience throughout the Invisalign or braces process! Your comfort is our #1 priority. We offer the highest quality of care, and a variety of options to meet your needs. Your orthodontic treatment plan will be customized to meet your specific goals. Come visit us in Blackfoot, Pocatello, and Soda Springs, Idaho!
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