Can My Whitening Trays Function Like Invisalign?

I’m getting my teeth whitened. I’m excited about that. Really excited. I’ve always wanted to straighten my teeth too. I wondered if I told my dentist to make the trays a little smaller than normal if they could straighten my teeth like Invisalign trays. I’m not sure I can afford both procedures. But, I’m finally single and want a chance to feel pretty for me, not anyone else.

Amanda W.

Amanda,

While I highly recommend feeling beautiful for yourself, your teeth whitening trays can’t double as Invisalign aligners. Invisalign aligners are carefully crafted by a computer, which designs each pair of aligners to gently move your teeth into a new position. Whitening trays are designed to fit snug, but they will only fit to the current position of your teeth.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get both procedures done affordably. I’m going to suggest you reverse the procedures. If you get Invisalign, you CAN let those aligners double for teeth whitening trays. Then, instead of paying for the custom tray design and the gel, you only have to get the gel.

You’ll find both procedures will do a remarkable job of helping you feel and look beautiful. Invisalign will obviously straighten your teeth and an orderly smile is attractive. What many don’t realize is how beneficial the simple teeth whitening procedure can be. It strips years off your appearance. Many patients feel they look years younger from that procedure alone.

Invisalign sometimes costs more than the whitening procedure. If that’s a hardship for you, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You could speak to your dentist. Many of them have payment plans which will allow you to get to started on the procedure while paying it out. If they don’t offer payment plans, you can look into Care Credit. It’s a medical credit card that, depending on your credit, allows you to pick your terms.

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How Can You Offer a Beautiful Smile Guarantee?

I saw on your website that you offer a beautiful smile guarantee. How is it possible to do that? Isn’t everyone’s smile different? Some people just have an ugly smile.

Justine M. – Oklahoma City

Justine,

You’re right that everyone’s smile is different. You’re also right that some people have had unfortunate experiences with their smile, such as tetracycline stains or trauma to their teeth that causes chips or breaks. There are also those who are just born with less than ideal smiles. When Dr. Cha offers a beautiful smile guarantee, he’s referring to those who are getting a smile makeover.

Generally, that is done with porcelain veneers, though occasionally a patient will also require a crown or implant. He can offer that guarantee because he won’t stop with their restorations until they are absolutely astounded and thrilled with the results. Dr. Cha places their porcelain veneers with a try-in paste and gives them time to look at them from every angle with several types of light.
If they’re ecstatic with their new smile, he’ll bond the veneers. If they’re not thrilled, he will start over.

One of the reasons he does that is because of the number of smile makeover disasters other dentists have done. He’s had more patients than you could imagine come to his office in tears begging him to fix the fiasco done to their smile by another dentist. That is because not all cosmetic dentists are created equal. They might know the technical procedure, but not have an artistic eye.

In fact, two cosmetic dentists can do the exact same smile makeover on the same person and end up with completely different results. Many patients are not aware that cosmetic dentistry isn’t an official recognized specialty with the American Dental Association (ADA). So anyone who calls themselves a cosmetic dentist is just a general dentist who enjoys doing cosmetic procedures. Their skills vary widely. So how is a patient able to tell an artistic dentist from a less skilled one? That’s where the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) comes in. They started an accreditation program to award dentists who’ve reached the highest level of technical and artistic skill. So, if you’re looking for a stunning smile, an AACD accredited dentist would be the way to go. I’d be willing to guess many of them offer a beautiful smile guarantee.

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