Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

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Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.

Millions of people have aligned their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were developed.

We at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ are here to guide you through the process.

Invisalign

Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.

Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where we will look at your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are tailor-made for you.

It’s vital to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ will be with you every step of the way.

SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)

Though we don’t recommend this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll understand their potential potential dangers and limitations.

SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar system. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your dentist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also serve you with you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.

Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be pricey to correct. In a worst-case situation, you could experience irreversible damage.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings against at-home orthodontics.

We at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ your smile and aligner experience.

Schedule a consultation with us to determine which system is best for you. We serve patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa and include general dentistry, laser dentistry, and gum disease treatment among our services as well.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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The Best Resolution Is To Smile More!

Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth Whitening

This New Year’s Eve, folks all over the world will be watching the ball and waiting for it to drop. They will be jotting down resolutions left and right, ranging from the achievable to the borderline impossible. As everyone around you is dusting off old workout equipment and renewing gym memberships, Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ has a suggestion that is much more achievable than most New Year’s resolutions: teeth whitening!

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror, at your otherwise healthy teeth, but been dismayed by the natural yellowing caused by age, food, and, sometimes, lack of care, then professional teeth whitening is one of your best bets.

Among our cosmetic dentistry options, teeth whitening from a professional dentist can brighten your smile up to eight shades. Store-bought products simply pale in comparison.

Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ wants you to ring in 2023 with an achievable resolution, and tackle this new year with a brand new smile. We serve satisfied patients in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa and offer general dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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These Holidays, Gift Yourself A New Smile!

Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Implants Porcelain Veneers Teeth Whitening

We know the holidays can be a time to re-prioritize and think a bit on what’s important to you. While many are busy buying expensive gifts or gym memberships, Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ wants you to think of yourself first. Specifically, your smile.

After all, your smile is a window into well-being, and when it looks best, you not only feel best, but people treat you like you do.

So, in essence, when you look into cosmetic dentistry options like teeth whiteningporcelain veneers, or dental implants, you’re not only thinking of your appearance, but your whole quality of life. You deserve a social life that you’re a confident player in. You also deserve a pain-free smile that you’re proud to show off to your friends.

All this is achievable with our cosmetic options. Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ wants you to face this new year with a new smile. What’s more, with all those delicious – but sticky – holiday meals around the corner, it’s the best time to look into our general and restorative dentistry and prepare your enamel for what’s to come. We serve satisfied patients in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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Your Smile Can Be Brighter and Lighter

Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth Whitening

No one can miss a fabulous smile, and a really good one is a valuable asset professionally and socially. If you’d like yours to be brighter and lighter, cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ can deliver!

With our professional-grade teeth whitening services, we can dramatically brighten your smile in a single office visit. Imagine: You walk into our office for your scheduled appointment, with teeth that have grown dull and yellow over the years. When you leave, you’re flashing a brilliant new smile.

We have in-office whitening and take-home trays. Both can brighten and lighten your smile in no time. At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. We’ve brightened smiles of people all over Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Create Perfect Smiles?

Cosmetic Dentistry Porcelain Veneers Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Phoenix Residents Perfect Smiles

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to the smiles of our patients every day. The resulting smiles are beautiful, and as near to perfect as they can be!

While creating beautiful smiles is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t always simple. The overall objective is to ensure the health and function of our patients smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. Our cosmetic dentistry toolchest includes things like in-office teeth whitening, which takes about an hour, and a professional-strength, take-home whitening kit.

If your teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be used in tandem to leave you with a brilliant, dazzling smile! To find out what cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ can do for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also some to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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