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Since their introduction to orthodontics in the early 2000s, Invisalign braces have taken the world by storm. Over the last two decades, over 16 million patients have improved their smiles with this innovative treatment. For many, a mouth full of metal didn’t fit their lifestyle or aesthetic. For others, metal allergies prohibited the use of traditional braces altogether. So, when the option for clear aligners became available, it opened the door for more individuals to achieve the oral health and appearance they desired.

If you’re looking for a discreet but effective way to reach your dental goals, Invisalign may be the treatment for you. Our team of experienced and credentialed professionals here at Smile Ranch Orthodontics in Utah is here to answer your questions and help you weigh your options so that you can feel confident about your treatment of choice.

What is the Invisalign System?

Invisalign braces are an orthodontic treatment used to fix crooked and misaligned teeth and correct bite issues. They use a series of custom aligners that can be easily removed by the wearer. Their smooth, clear materials make them nearly invisible, hence their name. Because they are far less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign braces have become a popular choice, especially among teens and adults.

How Do Invisalign Braces Work?

During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will conduct an in-depth examination. Through the use of innovative 3D technology, the orthodontist creates a detailed map of your teeth and jaw, allowing them to devise a treatment plan that is unique to your individual needs. This map provides a game plan for gradual realignment through the use of multiple sets of aligners designed for each step of the process. You’ll typically wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before transitioning to the next pair, which will shift your teeth into the proper position little by little.

Invisalign vs. Clear Aligners?

The terms “Invisalign” and “clear aligners” are often used interchangeably. Is there a difference? Yes and no. Invisalign was the flagship brand that developed the concept of clear aligners. 

Since their conception, other companies have adopted similar treatments through their own versions of clear aligners. But despite all of the options on the market today, Invisalign remains the brand of choice for many orthodontists.

Invisalign is known for its tried-and-true durability. In addition, its SmartTrak system provides a more comfortable experience, allowing the wearer to take trays in and out with ease.


Why Do Patients Love Invisalign?

Here at Smile Ranch Orthodontics, we’re proud to be one of the leading providers of Invisalign braces in Utah. Time and time again, we provide the smiles our customers crave through the innovation of clear aligners. Here’s why so many of our patients rave about the Invisalign system:

  1. They’re (nearly) invisible. Many patients choose to opt out of traditional braces for aesthetic purposes. We get it — the sometimes in-your-face appearance of wires and bands isn’t for everyone. If you prefer something less bulky and noticeable, Invisalign braces are the perfect solution. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that you’re wearing them. Invisible aligners get the job done while allowing you to look and feel confident and professional along the way.
  2. They’re easy to remove. Once braces are on, there’s no hiding them. Whether you have a job interview, business meeting, family photos, or a wedding, they’ll be along for the ride. For some, being stuck with traditional braces for a long period of time is simply too much to commit to. Invisalign gives patients the option to remove the aligners as needed. They can be easily removed before eating or brushing your teeth, and you don’t have to worry about them making a lasting impression when Christmas photos come around. But aesthetics aren’t the only benefit to being able to easily remove your aligners. While wearers of traditional braces have to avoid some of their beloved eats and treats, Invisalign’s easy removal option allows you to enjoy all of your favorite things, like candy, popcorn, and apples. Just be aware that you’ll need to wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day in order to achieve the best results.
  3. They make oral hygiene a breeze. Traditional braces can make oral hygiene a nightmare. Even with all of the specialty tools made for cleaning around braces, bulky brackets, wires, and bands can make proper cleaning nearly impossible and extremely time-consuming. That’s why individuals with traditional braces are at higher risk for cavities and plaque build-up. With Invisalign, maintaining a healthy, sparkling smile is a breeze. Simply remove your aligners before brushing and flossing, then pop them right back into place when you’re finished. Plus, you won’t have to worry about icky build-up nestling into your braces. It’s a win-win!
  4. They’re more comfortable than traditional braces. There’s nothing quite like the discomfort of metal cutting into the sides of your tongue and cheeks. One thing is for sure—traditional braces aren’t known for their comfort. But thanks to the smooth, gentle curvature of clear aligners, you’ll never have to know the pain of raw, metal-rubbed sores. And if that’s not enough, Invisalign also eliminates the need for dramatic tightening that leads to painfully forced tooth movement. The gentle, gradual adjustments of clear aligners promise far less discomfort than traditional braces.
  5. They require less maintenance. When it comes to Invisalign braces in Utah, residents especially love the reduced need for regular, complicated maintenance. Even today’s braces, crafted with quality technology and materials, are still prone to breaking. Brackets can bust, and wires can snap due to everyday activities like eating. And when that happens, it means an immediate trip to the orthodontist. Many can’t afford to take time away from the hustle and bustle of life, which is why the simplicity of clear aligners is a key selling point.

How Will My Orthodontist Design My Custom Trays?

The process for crafting a full series of Invisalign trays is really quite fascinating. First, your orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination, taking X-rays, impressions, and photographs. Then, we’ll craft a 3D digital model of your teeth in their current state and map a path of adjustments to take them where they need to be. Finally, trays for each stage will be made with a 3D printer.

Who Can Benefit from Invisalign?

  • Invisalign for Adults: Many adults, especially those who never had braces as kids, desire a straighter smile but don’t want the noticeable look of metal braces. They want something that won’t interfere with everyday life, which is why many adults choose Invisalign.
  • Invisalign for Teens: Today’s teens are more fashion-forward than ever. While a mouth full of braces used to be a trademark of the teenage years, more and more teens are opting for a more aesthetic approach. In fact, according to a New York Times report, Invisalign sales for teens rose by 130% between 2013 and 2017 and are only continuing to gain in popularity.
  • Invisalign for Kids: While you might be tempted to assume that Invisalign is a treatment typically used on more mature patients, there are options for kids as well. These include Invisalign’s new, child-friendly system, Invisalign First. This treatment option is great for kids who require orthodontic correction but still have some of their baby teeth.
benefits of invisalign

Does Invisalign Work With More Complex Cases?

Many patients come into our office wondering how those tiny plastic trays could really fix all of their orthodontic problems. But thanks to our skilled team of Invisalign-trained experts, we’re able to correct most issues our clients face. With that said, the following factors might cause an orthodontist to recommend traditional braces instead:

  • Prior dental work: Unfortunately, some systems like dental bridges are incompatible with Invisalign.
  • Abnormal tooth shape: While everyone’s teeth are unique, there are some less common shapes that make it difficult for Invisalign to attach to. These include teeth that are especially round, short, or sharply tipped.
  • Tooth tilt and rotation: When teeth become overcrowded, some might end up rotating or tilting in or out in order to fit. Teeth that have tilted or rotated too drastically are better corrected with traditional braces.
  • Major gaps: While Invisalign does an excellent job correcting minor gaps, those that are especially wide might require a more intense treatment.
  • Extrusion/intrusion: Extrusions push a tooth out of its socket, causing it to appear longer than other teeth, while intrusions push a tooth deeper into the socket, giving it a shorter appearance. Intrusions and extrusions require the teeth to be lowered or raised into their correct position, which can only be done with braces.

How Do I Know if Invisalign is Right for Me?

If you’ve been approved by your orthodontist for Invisalign, you can be sure that this treatment will meet your orthodontic needs. However, you should consider whether or not you can commit to wearing your clear aligners for 22 hours every day. This treatment is only effective with consistent usage, but patients who adhere to the treatment guidelines often see faster results than those with traditional braces.

Why Choose Smile Ranch for Invisalign Braces in Utah?

The stellar team at our Salt Lake City, Lehi, and South Jordan orthodontics offices has decades of experience with the Invisalign system. With more than 25 years in orthodontics, it’s hard to beat our experience. There’s no orthodontic issue that we haven’t seen, and Invisalign has helped us transform thousands of smiles into confidence-inducing works of art.

The unique technology and intricate complexity of the Invisalign system require special attention, experience, and skill. That’s why our orthodontists evaluate not only your teeth, but your entire facial makeup to ensure a smile that is perfect for you.

But it’s not just our orthodontic services that patients love. Our warm and welcoming atmosphere and unmatched customer service account for our many glowing testimonials. Rest assured that when you choose Smile Ranch, we won’t rest until you feel completely satisfied with your smile. If you’re not proudly flashing those pearly whites for all to see, our work isn’t complete. And thanks to Invisalign, you’ll be able to smile with confidence throughout the entire process.

With goodies and incentives like fresh-baked cookies and our “Smile Bucks” reward system, it’s hard not to follow our treatment program to a T. And you might just find yourself counting down the days until your next visit.

So, if the state of your mouth is getting you down, visit us to learn more about Invisalign in South Jordan, Lehi, or Salt Lake City. We’re looking forward to starting your journey to a fresh and fabulous smile.

Smile Ranch Orthodontics

Smile Support Staff

With their extensive knowledge and friendly demeanor, our dedicated Orthodontic team ensures that every patient receives personalized attention and support throughout their orthodontic journey, making the path to a perfect smile as comfortable and smooth as possible. You can trust our exceptional orthodontic team to be your smile’s greatest advocates and partners in achieving the results you desire.

Smile Ranch Google Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stacy Olson

Three out of four kids have had braces through Smile Ranch in Lehi. They have been awesome to work with and have worked around our schedule. Thank you!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Michelle Williams

We have been using Dr Jensen for a year. It has been a great experience. He is very knowledgeable and takes time to explain to his clients. Great staff and program.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amelia Miyasaki

We love Smile Ranch! Dr. J is fantastic, and the office staff is outstanding! The office is super efficient (three patients in and we’ve never had an unreasonable wait) but we never feel like a number, everyone is so helpful and friendly.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Whitney Rasmussen

Dr. J did my braces a few years ago and I was so amazed with his work. I absolutely love my smile and have received so many compliments on my teeth. I send everyone I know to the smile ranch, including my own kids who have just started braces!! 😁 woo hoo! They also have the best staff and make it so fun. Fresh cookies and rewards for the kids to earn smile bucks that turn into gift cards👍 We love smile ranch!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aubrie Haymore

We love Dr. J and all the staff! They are soooo kind and my sons bite has improved and we are so grateful! We love them and I’ll bring all my kids here!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rachel Gardner

I love Smile Ranch! I took my oldest daughter here over a year ago. Her teeth look great. Im now back with my 10 year old daughter and myself. Dr J is extremely good at what he does and his staff are amazing. The most welcoming, loving and positive energy. My daughter has anxiety and Dr J and his staff have been so great to talk with her and explain what they are doing. They have eased her worries. They stay on schedule, but you never feel they are rushing you out their door. They truly care about you as a person and take pride in a job well done. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Emily Chidester

I am on my fourth child having orthodontic treatment from Smile Ranch and couldn’t be happier. Initially I went to three other orthodontics for consults and felt that Dr. Alan Jensen was the only orthodontist with the experienced needed to care for my one of my child’s treatment. We have had traditional braces, expanders, and Invisalign. The care we receive from the doctor and staff each time we visit is wonderful. I know that my children are getting the best smiles thanks to the care at Smile Ranch.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amy Sackett
This is the best place ever! You are so loved everyone is invested on you. It’s the most personable kind environment. And homemade cookies every visit. What’s not to love about that.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Robyn Green

We love Smile Ranch! We’ve had nothing but positive experiences and everyone there is amazing and friendly. It feels like a second home, so comfortable and welcoming.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Betsy Broadwater

I love this office! Dr. Jensen and staff make it so easy! They’re so kind to my family and they do a great job. They’re super easy to schedule with. They have a fun office atmosphere and I love taking my boys in. They know what they are doing and they do it well. They give us (all of us!) cookies after every appointment, the office is nice and clean and we are going to miss coming in here now that boys are getting braces off! … and most importantly, my boys’ teeth look fabulous!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Julie Johnson

Happy, clean atmosphere with friendly staff. We appreciate the care and attention they give. We have been very impressed with Dr. Jensen and the hygienists and their expertise. We have been very happy with the results so far!

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