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By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
November 30, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

A straighter smile without wires or brackets is possible when you choose Invisalign. The system's unique approach to orthodontic Invisaligntreatment offers a few advantages traditional braces can't. Your Saginaw, MI, dentist Dr. Greg Herzler offers the innovative brace alternative to patients seeking a more discreet tooth straightening method.

What advantages does Invisalign offer?

Appearance is certainly not the only benefit of Invisalign, but it's the feature that draws many people to consider the system. Each aligner tray is made of clear comfortable plastic to ensure that your orthodontic treatment isn't the first thing people notice about your smile. In fact, many people may not even realize that you're straightening your teeth when you wear your aligners. Other benefits of Invisalign include:

  • No Need for Adjustments: Thanks to the elimination of braces and wires, you won't need adjustments when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. Changes in the position of your teeth will occur gradually due to constant pressure exerted on teeth by your aligner trays. Each tray in the series is designed to accomplish a specific straightening objective and is replaced with a new tray after two weeks. Although you won't need adjustments, you'll still visit your Saginaw dentist regularly for follow-up visits.
  • No Pain, Lots of GainStraightening your teeth doesn't have to be painful when you choose Invisalign. In addition to the elimination of uncomfortable adjustments, you won't have to deal with irritation, sores or lacerations, which are problems that can sometimes occur when brace wires rub against your gums.
  • A Restriction-Free Diet: Changes to your diet are necessary when you wear metal and ceramic braces. Hard foods can break wires, while sticky foods can become stuck in wires and brackets if you ignore food restrictions. When you wear Invisalign aligner trays, you can eat apples and enjoy a handful of popcorn whenever you want. You'll simply remove your trays before you eat, then replace them when you finish your meal or snack.
  • Easy Oral Hygiene: Not surprisingly, cleaning around brace wires can be a time-consuming task. You won't need to add a minute to your usual oral hygiene routine when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. You'll remove your trays, brush and floss, rinse your trays and replace them.

Improve your smile discreetly with Invisalign! Call your Saginaw, MI, dentist Dr. Greg Herzler at (989) 793-7733 to schedule your appointment.

By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
May 01, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: orthodontics   invisalign  

Too embarrassed to wear metal braces? Invisalign allows people to straighten their smile discreetly. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. invisalignUnlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets and wires. Invisalign has made such a difference in the lives of many patients. Dr. Greg Herzler is one of the top dentists in Saginaw, MI. He offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to his patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Invisalign.

What is the Invisalign system?

Invisalign can treat a broad range of dental and orthodontic conditions, including crooked teeth, protruding teeth, crossbite, gapped teeth, an overbite, an underbite, and overcrowded teeth. Invisalign aligner trays are made of a clear, thermoplastic material. The aligner trays are custom-made specifically for your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligner trays straighten teeth through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. The aligner trays will gradually move your teeth in small increments. The aligner trays are worn for about 14 days. Then you switch to a new set of aligners. You will need to wear your aligner trays for at least 22 hours every day. 

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Many people love the fact that Invisalign aligner trays are clear and comfortable to wear. They are nearly invisible; hardly anyone will notice that you are straightening your smile. With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can get stuck in your braces. Invisalign aligner trays are removable. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, flossing, brushing, or special occasions.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

You can get started with Invisalign by contacting Dr. Herzler and scheduling a consultation. At your first consultation, your dentist will discuss your needs, determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you, and answer any questions you may have about the process.

Over 1.4 million patients from around the world have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps it's time you joined them? Call our dental office at 989-793-7733 today to schedule a consultation in Saginaw, MI. Invisalign treatment will do you and your smile a world of good!

By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

All of us aren't naturally blessed with perfect smiles. Luckily, crooked teeth can be corrected with Invisalign, a wireless orthodontic invisalignsystem that offers impressive results. Saginaw, MI, dentist Dr. Greg Herzler shares some information about Invisalign.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign offers several benefits that traditional braces don't, including:

  • Appearance: There's not a wire in sight when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. The removable trays are made of clear plastic, which means that people focus on your winning smile, not your braces.
  • Comfort: Aligner trays are a much more comfortable orthodontic choice than metal or ceramic braces. Adjusting brace wires can be a little painful, but adjustments are necessary to realign your teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of aligner trays, each designed to shift your teeth gradually, instead of wires and brackets. Thanks to the gentle, gradual movement of your teeth, straightening your teeth is a much more comfortable experience. Aligner trays are replaced every two weeks during treatment.
  • Flexibility: Although Invisalign aligner trays are designed to virtually disappear from sight when you wear them, there still may be times when you would prefer to go without your trays. When you're playing a sport, or you have a date at a Saginaw restaurant, you can leave your trays at home for a few hours.
  • No Food Restrictions: You can eat anything you want with Invisalign because you won't have to worry about damaging your braces or brackets. Every time you eat, you'll remove your aligner trays, then rinse and replace them after your meal. No food is off limits. Do you like popcorn and raw carrots? Eating them is no problem when you wear Invisalign aligner trays.
  • Easy Care: Brushing and flossing your teeth gets a little complicated when you have wire or ceramic braces. Your dental hygiene routine takes more time when you must carefully and gently clean around the wires and use special flossing tools to reach the areas between your teeth. No special tools are needed when you choose Invisalign. After you remove your trays, you'll brush and floss the same way you always have.

Ready to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you? Call Saginaw, MI, dentist Dr. Greg Herzler at (989) 793-7733 to schedule an appointment.

By Office of Dr. Gregory Herzler, DDS
May 18, 2015
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Find out how your Saginaw Township dentist could get a straighter smile with Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?Invisalign

Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over the upper and lower teeth to slow shift your smile into the proper position. Each aligner is designed to move certain teeth and specific amount, as planned out by your Saginaw Township dentist Dr. Gregory Herzler beforehand.

What can Invisalign do for your smile?

Invisalign can be a wonderful option for many of our patients looking to get a straighter smile. Here are only some of the benefits you can expect when you get Invisalign from your Saginaw Township dentist Dr. Herzler:

Easy to clean: Since you don’t have to battle with brackets and wires to clean away bacteria and food particles it makes it significantly easier not only to clean your own teeth but to also keep your aligners clean, too. Be sure to brush your aligners just as you would your normal teeth, at least twice a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Also, give your aligners a simple rinse between snacks or other meals throughout the day.

Removable: Unlike traditional braces Invisalign can be removed. This makes it easy to fit braces into just about anyone’s busy lifestyle. Want to enjoy a lovely meal with friends? Just remove your aligners before mealtime. Want to give your teeth a good brushing and flossing before bed? Just pop out your aligners. It’s that simple.

Comfortable fit: Since your aligners are custom-made to fit your smile, you will notice the difference it will make. Your braces should feel more comfortable than traditional braces, as the metal can be irritating to the gums.

Eat anything you want: Since your aligners can be removed you don’t have to worry about adhering to a braces-friendly diet, as you would if you got traditional braces. All you have to do is remove your aligners before eating or drinking and then rinse them out and put them back in when you are done. Still enjoy eating all your favorite foods while also getting a straighter smile.

Discreetness: Since Invisalign aligners are invisible you don’t have to worry that other people will be looking at your braces and not you. This is particularly important for those in school or the professional world. Now you can straighten your teeth without anyone even noticing.

If you are ready to take the next step to getting Invisalign then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your Saginaw Township dentist, Dr. Gregory Herzler.

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If you are considering having your teeth straightened, for cosmetic or other reasons, the idea of using clear aligners rather than traditional braces may be appealing.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about clear aligners.

What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are clear removable custom fitted “trays” that gradually straighten teeth. Used sequentially, each individual tray is slightly different from the one before and is worn every day for two weeks before going on to the next one in the series. This slowly moves your teeth to a new position.

How are they made?
The trays are computer-generated, based on impressions and models of your mouth combined with the knowledge of growth, development of teeth and jaws, and most importantly how and why teeth move.

How long does this treatment take?
By wearing clear aligners for at least 20 hours per day for two weeks before changing to the next tray in the sequence, treatment time can range from six months to two years depending on your individual situation.

Can children wear clear aligners?
Clear aligners are generally used for adults who have all their teeth and when jaw growth is complete, but can be used for younger people depending upon the extent and severity of their situation.

What situations can clear aligners be used for?
Clear aligners can realign or straighten teeth, close mild spaces, treat elongated teeth and tip teeth into better position. They are usually recommended for correcting mild to moderate crowding of teeth, particularly if your back teeth already fit together properly.

When are clear aligners probably not the right choice?
If you have a bad bite (your back teeth do not fit together well), or if you have a severe overbite or underbite, traditional braces are probably a better choice for treatment. If your teeth are severely crowded, or if your situation is complex, clear aligners will probably not be the right treatment choice.

How do you decide whether clear aligners are right for you?
An orthodontic assessment of your individual situation must be performed by our office.

What is considered in the assessment?
The assessment includes specialized x-rays of your teeth, jaws and skull, along with photos, impressions, and models of your bite.

For more information about clear aligners vs. traditional braces, make an appointment with us for a consultation and an examination of your own situation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners: An Alternative for Adult Orthodontics.”