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Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Franklin Dental
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Invisalign Clear BracesInvisalign treatment could be right for you if you would like to discreetly straighten teeth or close gaps between them. Invisalign straightens teeth and closes gaps in a manner similar to braces, but without the hard brackets and wires. With Invisalign, the teeth are straightened using comfortable, clear aligner trays that are extremely discreet and barely noticeable to others. Additionally, the trays can be removed, as needed. at Franklin Dental, Dr. John Olsen is your dentist for Invisalign in Franklin, WI.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening teeth and closing gaps between them. Like braces, Invisalign exerts pressure on the teeth to help them gradually move into the desired position over time. While braces utilize brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign uses aligner trays. The trays fit comfortably over the teeth and can be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing.

The aligner trays used with Invisalign are custom made for each individual patient. An impression or mold is taken of the teeth that is then used to create custom trays. Separate trays are made for the top and bottom rows of teeth. Each set of custom trays is only worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with the next set. Each new set of trays moves the teeth closer to their final position.

Invisalign is best for straightening crooked teeth and closing small gaps between teeth. It is not intended for correcting bite alignment problems, such as an underbite or overbite. Braces are best for patients who need to correct the alignment of their bite. In Franklin, Invisalign is offered at Franklin Dental.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are several advantages to straightening your teeth with Invisalign. The aligner trays are made from a flexible plastic material that is soft and comfortable to wear. There are no hard components to irritate the mouth. Another advantage of Invisalign is that the trays can be removed when eating to prevent food from getting trapped in them. The trays can also be taken out to brush and floss. Finally, Invisalign is a discreet method for straightening your smile since the trays are clear and not readily noticeable to others.

Invisalign is the discreet and comfortable way to straighten your smile. A dentist can help you decide if Invisalign treatment is right for you. For Invisalign in Franklin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Olsen by calling Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050.

By Franklin Dental
August 27, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Clear BracesAre you considering orthodontic treatment but aren't sure if clear braces or Invisalign is the best option? Although both systems are designed to be unobtrusive, they do have a few important differences. Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental offers clear braces and Invisalign to patients with crooked teeth or bite problems.

What are clear braces and Invisalign?

Clear braces (also called ceramic braces) use the same wire and bracket method as metal braces. Brackets are clear or tooth-colored too make them less noticeable. Metal or white wires can be threated through the brackets. Clear or white rubber bands are also used.

Invisalign completely eliminates wires and brackets. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays placed over the upper and lower teeth instead.

What are the differences between the two treatments?

Before you choose an orthodontic treatment, you may want to consider:

  • Appearance: Although clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces, people will be able to see them. Invisalign aligners are transparent and molded to fit your teeth snugly, making them almost invisible.
  • Adjustments: Both methods exert constant pressure needed to realign your teeth. Pressure is changed by periodically adjusting the wires in your Franklin dentist's office if you wear clear braces. If you choose Invisalign, you'll receive a series of aligner trays. Each set in the series is designed to gradually change the alignment of your teeth, eliminating the need for adjustments. Sets are worn for about two weeks before they're replaced with the next set in the series.
  • Convenience: Clear braces are attached to your teeth with dental cement and must remain on your teeth during your entire treatment period. You'll need to avoid eating hard or sticky foods and must carefully clean around the wires and brackets when you brush and floss. Invisalign aligners are removed when you eat, brush and floss and don't require any changes to your usual routine and diet. They can also be removed for a few hours if you're playing sports or attending a special event.
  • Effectiveness: Both clear braces and Invisalign are a good choice if you have mild to moderate bite issues. Although Invisalign is a good choice for many people, it won't be recommended if your issues are severe. Clear braces can treat certain complicated problems, although very complex issues may require metal braces.

Are you ready to improve your smile with clear braces or Invisalign? Call Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050 to schedule your appointment.

By Franklin Dental
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Who cares about how metal or ceramic braces look? They do an important job, right? Traditional orthodontics straighten a variety of invisalignalignment and bite issues and make smiles healthier and more functional. However, to be honest, what older teen or adult enjoys the appearance of conventional metal braces? Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental understands and offers a discreet way to a new smile: Invisalign clear aligners. These ingenious appliances are so discreet no one really notices them. Sounds great, right? Read the details here.

The History of Invisalign

The Food and Drug Administration approved Invisalign clear aligners for orthodontic use back in 1998, and through advertising and excellent results, the brand gained popularity beginning in 2000. Since then, more dentists have become Invisalign Preferred Providers (Dr. Olsen is one of them), and millions of people globally have reaped the benefits of this comfortable, quick and discreet way of getting a great smile.

Invisalign and you

Invisalign in Franklin uses a series of 18 to 30 clear acrylic trays, custom-made to move teeth into better positions. The system works for a variety of bite and alignment issues; so chances are you qualify for Invisalign. To be sure, Dr. Olsen will examine your teeth and gums and will take:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Three-dimensional imaging
  • Photos
  • Oral impressions

Then, he'll outline what your treatment entails. You'll discuss your smile goals, and the dentist will send your care plan to the Invisalign lab. At the lab, specially trained technicians craft the aligner pairs according to Dr. Olsen's instructions.

During treatment, all patients wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. This schedule keeps treatment on track. You change the pairs as instructed and receive periodic progress checks at Franklin Dental every four to six weeks. Over the course of nine to 18 months, your teeth gradually shift.

This timeline is much shorter than traditional braces. In addition, your day to day life with your aligners is simple:

  • Remove them to eat
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day as you normally would
  • Eat your usual healthy diet
  • Take the aligners out if you have a special event such as a wedding or graduation

When treatment ends, you'll wear a retainer customized to keep your smile perfectly aligned permanently.

Find out more

Don't hesitate, and don't be bashful. Dr. Olsen sees plenty of people just like you who want the benefits of orthodontics without the nuisances of traditional appliances. So please contact Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI for an appointment: (414) 425-7050.

By Franklin Dental
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

You've probably heard about Invisalign, the "invisible braces," as an alternative to traditional metal braces. The Invisalign process invisaligninvolves wearing a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, that place pressure against the teeth in a similar manner as metal braces. The aligners are exchanged after a certain amount of time until the teeth move into their final positions. At Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI, Dr. John Olsen offers Invisalign to his patients who are interested in straightening their teeth. Here's what you need to know about the Invisalign system.

The advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign has made a huge difference in the lives of many dental patients; it's allowed them to have beautiful, even smiles. The clear aligner trays, designed and manufactured from measurements taken by your Franklin dentist, are practically invisible against the teeth, making them an inconspicuous way to manage your dental health. Made of a thin, flexible plastic material, Invisalign is also much more comfortable than traditional braces. The aligners allow for regular eating and hygiene, as they are designed to be removed during meals and for cleaning.

What to consider before getting Invisalign

The most important thing to remember about Invisalign is that the progress is dependent on the patient's commitment. The aligners need to be worn a minimum of 20 to 22 hours each day, including during sleep, to maximize results. Because Invisalign trays are relatively small and removable, they can be easily misplaced. Losing an aligner can delay treatment time or hinder the progress of tooth movement. For these reasons, your Franklin dentist often suggests other orthodontic treatments for younger patients.

If you'd like to talk more about Invisalign with Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI, give us a call! We'd be glad to set up a consultation for you.

By Franklin Dental
June 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Do clear braces work well?

The short answer is, “it depends.” If you are seeking information about clear braces in Franklin, WI, consider contacting the team at Clear BracesFranklin Dental.

People who have alignment problems with their teeth, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite or problems such as crowding, spacing, or crooked teeth need to alleviate these issues. Not only does a straighter smile boost confidence, but fixing those problems go a long way to help improve and maintain oral health.

Nevertheless, some people are not comfortable with the idea of traditional braces. If that’s the case with you, then consider clear braces.

Clear braces utilize a series of clear, virtually invisible plastic trays instead of metal brackets, bands, and wires. Unlike traditional braces, which are cemented to your teeth and have to be adjusted and removed by your Franklin dentist, clear braces are removable. That means you are in charge of when, how, and for how long you wear them. Patients who opt for clear braces generally wear them for a longer period of time than traditional braces. This is because the trays are usually designed to apply less pressure, and therefore take longer to adjust the alignment of your teeth than traditional braces.

Like traditional braces, clear braces are designed specifically for your needs. Your Franklin dentist will make impressions of your mouth which will serve as the template to design your clear braces. Typically, you will wear each tray for a few weeks at a time, for a certain number of hours a day before changing the trays out for the next set of trays. The amount of time you wear them each day and the total length of time you have to wear your clear braces will depend on your case and your treatment goals.

Clear braces can work well, but they are not for everyone. For one, you need to be self-disciplined enough to follow the treatment plan exactly as prescribed. Also, clear braces tend to yield the best results for people who have milder bite or occlusion issues. If you have a severe alignment problem, your Franklin dentists may suggest you consider a different option.

For more information, call Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050.

Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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