In the past there was only one method to align your teeth and to correct your bite: traditional metal braces.  Today we have a technologically advanced option right here in eastern Kentucky called Invisalign. Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're seeing the orthodontist. These invisible aligners have essentially revolutionized the way that orthodontics is done, improving the overall patient experience in tremendous ways. In fact, Invisalign has made orthodontics so much more enjoyable for our teen patients that we have noticed incredible amounts of young adults, adults, and senior citizens having treatment in our office as well! Do they work? Absolutely!!! All you have to do is wear them and we will take care of the rest, offering you plenty of resources, coaching, and encouragement along the way.  We are currently using Invisalign here in Pikeville to treat hundreds of smiles in Pike County, surrounding counties, and in West Virginia and Virginia.

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The Invisalign aligners that we use are designed to gradually straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Each aligner is precisely calibrated by our orthodontists using digital software in our Pikeville office, and then they are manufactured using 3-D printing to fit your mouth at each stage of treatment. Your first step is to visit our office to let Dr. Hartsock and Dr. Sword determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Once the process has begun, each aligner is worn for a few days and removed whenever you eat or brush your teeth. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually until the final alignment and bite correction have been attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Here at our office, we have two board-certified orthodontists who are both specially trained and certified using the Invisalign treatment technique.  To see if our doctors can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted using Invisalign, contact us to make an appointment. We would love the opportunity to help you gain the confidence that a perfect smile can bring!

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Now teens don't have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their Instagram photos– introducing Invisalign® Teen! 

What is Invisalign Teen?

  • Invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
  • Series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners.
  • Uses no metal wires or brackets.
  • Custom-made for comfort.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

  • Wear each set of aligners for a few days.
  • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
  • Your teeth will move gradually each week.
  • Visit us every 8-10 weeks.
  • Total treatment time averages 6-15 months.
  • Average number of aligners is between 20 and 30.

What Conditions Does Invisalign Teen Treat?

By using its advanced technology, Invisalign Teen can treat a broad range of dental and orthodontic conditions, which, in the past, were usually treated with traditional braces. These conditions include:
Overly crowded teeth
Widely spaced teeth

Q. How often must I wear my aligners?

A. You must wear your aligners around 20 hours daily unless otherwise prescribed by Dr. Hartsock or Dr. Sword. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back in, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners.

Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving!

Q. Can I chew gum?

A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?

A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing them with a toothbrush will keep them fresh and clean.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

A. Regular office visits are every eight to ten weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?

A. Yes! Invisalign works the same for all ages.

Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics

  • Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics - 161 College St., Suite 3, Pikeville, KY 41501 Phone: 606.432.3603

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