Montrose Star interviews trusted dental authority Dr Randy Mitchmore from his Montrose practice called LifeSmiles.
M.S.I secretly admire people with beautiful, straight, white teeth. I guess that covers just about all the people on the tube and big screen these days. Give me the inside scoop on how you do it.
DrM One challenge is how can you radically change the alignment and look of an adult without interrupting their work or profession. The typically want it done fast and without pain. They also don’t want everyone to know that are having work done. Wire braces have so far been the one and only solution to orthodontically reposition teeth. Another option has been to cover crooked teeth with porcelain veneers to make them appear straight. That is until the ingenious and innovative development of Invisalign, It’s the clearer, the more comfortable and the better alternative to getting beautiful, straight teeth.
M.S.How does that work?
DrM Invisalign is the new and improved method of teeth straightening using what you would basically call “invisible braces”. These invisible braces are transparent custom made teeth aligners produced from smooth,comfortable, thin and flexible plastic that slowly but surely corrects the alignment of your teeth. They work just like braces in that this is a true orthodontic correction – not a purely cosmetic correction but are more comfortable and undetectable by other people. You simply wear them over your teeth for a period of a few months or however long it takes for you to achieve your desired smile. Every six weeks you are given a new set of aligners that will continue to shift your teeth into their rightful place. Here is the fantastic part: Invisalign can orthodontically move the teeth almost three times faster than wire braces!
M.S.I think I am too old for that. Isn’t orthodontics for kids?
DrM I came from a middle class family with five kids. My older brother was the only one to get braces because his teeth were so ugly he could eat corn through a picket fence. My teeth were crooked but not really bad so I was left out. I got my own teeth straightened when I was 37 years old. I currently have patients using Invisalign that are 14 – 78 years old!
M.S.I have seen Invisalign ads on some of the social media. What is different about what you do?
Dr M.My response is “Buyer Beware”. Unfortunately there are dentists out there with minimal training and experience that straighten just the front six teeth and call it Invisalign orthodontics. For some people that may be all that they want or need. For most adults a true bite correction of all the teeth is indicated so the time and the cost is variable depending on what you want.
M.S. I have heard you have some special technology at LifeSmiles that really stands out. Tell me more about that.
DrM Thereare four areas. First, we use a special 3-D camera to scan your teeth instead of the typical icky, gooey, smelly, gaggy impressions! Not only is that more comfortable for you, the technical accuracy allows for a superior fit of the aligners. The technical accuracy is like the difference between the analog world and the digital world. Speaking of digital, the necessary x-rays of the roots of your teeth are done digitally as well as the photographs.
After all of the digital records are obtained a 3-D image is made of your teeth. Ithen works closely with the Invisaligncompany to personally design your new smile using CAD/CAM technology. From that design process a 3-D video is produced showing how your teeth look now and how they will look after Invisalign treatment.
The second very key difference is that we do not stop with creating just straight teeth, we uses Invisalign to correct bite problems. We finds that bite problems are the leading cause of dentally related headaches, gum recession, and many times root canals that could have been avoided.
The third key difference is that you will not be nickled and dimed to death. We do not charge extra if revisions to the design are wanted or for your first retainer!
The fourth difference is that Iis one of the few dentists in the world that actually traveled and trained at my expense in the Invisalign technical center in Costa Rica. My firsthand knowledge of the deisign process allows me to be certified to use the latest generation of aligner material called Smart Track. Smart Track has only recently been introduced and is more flexible than the Invisalign material that other dentists have used. This is the real secret to making the orthodontic correction happen so fast, predictably and comfortably. The material literally gives your tooth a 3-D hug and can move it in any direction that I design. That is different from a wire brace that is bonded on just the front of the tooth.
M.S.How much should this cost?
Dr M: The average cost of Invisalign in the U.S. can range from $3,500 to $8,000 for the entire treatment which includes all the custom made aligners for a set period of time. This cost doesn’t differentiate much from conventional braces when you put the two side by side. When you include patients from all around the globe, the international average is about $5,900.
But unlike braces, these invisible aligners are custom made and can be more costly depending on the severity of your teeth’s case and how adherent you are with keeping the aligners in your mouth the required number of hours per day.The length of time that it takes to correct your teeth is also dependent on the severity of the correction needed. Some very minor corrections may take as few as five aligners and only ten weeks of time. Some major corrections can take over 26 aligners and two years of time. There is everything in between. The fee that you will pay is simply determined by what you need. Therefore a blanket one size fits all fee is not given. Dr. Mitchmore believes that if you do not need a lengthy correction you should not be charged full fee! You can also check with your insurance to see if they cover any part of the procedure. The other good news is that most people can pay for this in monthly installments.
M.S.Why is this one of your favorite procedures?
Dr M You on get that perfect, straight smile you’ve always wanted by using the most advanced and comfortable wire brace alternative available. When it comes to choosing between conventional metal braces and Invisalign, the choice is clear. Literally.
At LifeSmiles, you are welcome to come by for a complimentary assessment to see if Invisalignjust might give you a virtual smile back!
Dr Mitchmore is active in the community. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Monstrose Management District. His passion is Dentistry. He has also been a City Councilman and Chairman of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Charitable Foundation, Give Back A Smile. The foundation helps survivors of intimate partner abuse regain their smile.