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By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

What stops you from getting your smile straightened? Is age your reason? Or, would you feel too embarrassed to wear metal braces? Here's a solution: Invisalign from Dr. Mark Makela in Petoskey, MI. Invisalign clear aligners correct a range of orthodontic problems for both teens and adults, and best of all, no one will know you're wearing them.

Amazing Invisalign

The pioneer in discreet orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign system uses SmartTrack acrylic to fashion a series of custom aligners that snap onto the top and bottom teeth. Arranged in a specific sequence, the 18 to 30 aligner pairs precisely move teeth into more attractive, more functional, and healthier positions.

Treatment times are quick--one year on the average. Plus, because the fully removable aligners are thin and crystal clear, they are absolutely discreet, smooth, and easy to maintain.

Qualifying for Invisalign

You'll see Dr. Mark Makela in his Petoskey office for a friendly Invisalign consultation. He'll examine your teeth and take special Invisalign scans to determine your candidacy for treatment.

Many people who have mild to moderate smile problems with bite, gaps, rotated or crowded teeth or other issues qualify. Even patients who haven't received all their adult teeth may use Invisalign as the aligners may be equipped with special space-maintaining tabs.

Also, Invisalign patients should be dedicated to a healthy diet, to disciplined oral hygiene habits, and to wearing their aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to keep care plans on track. You must check-in with Dr. Makela once a month so he assesses your progress and gives you the next pairs of aligners in your customized sequence.

In the end...

You'll have the beautiful smile you have always wanted, but without the obvious appearance and other inconveniences conventional braces pose. A retainer will keep your smile aligned for the long-term.

Find out more about Invisalign

Dr. Mark Makela and his team will be happy to give you the details you need to make an informed decision. Don't let your age or wariness about appearance prevent you from achieving the best smile of your life. Call our Petoskey, MI, office to arrange your Invisalign consultation: (231) 347-2511.

By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Is improving your smile on your list of New Year's resolutions? Invisalign treatment, offered by your Petoskey, MI, dentist, Dr. Mark Makela, can help you realign your smile discreetly.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign is a wire-free orthodontic treatment option that is suitable for older teens and adults. During treatment, you'll wear a series of removable aligner trays, each designed to gradually improve the alignment of your teeth.

The first step of the treatment process involves creating a 3D image of your mouth using digital photographs, X-Ray screenings, and impressions. Thanks to the image, it's possible to plot every step of your orthodontic treatment.

Each tray will be worn for about two weeks before being swapped out for the next aligner. Although you won't need adjustments when you choose Invisalign, you will need to visit your Petoskey dentist periodically to check the progress of your treatment.

Will anybody be able to tell I'm straightening my teeth?

Invisalign aligner trays are clear to ensure that your smile, not your orthodontic treatment, is the only thing that people notice about you. The trays fit snugly over your teeth and are practically invisible when placed in the mouth.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is an excellent option if your teeth are crooked or you have a spacing issue or a mild-to-moderate bite problem.

You're never too old for orthodontic treatment, so if you're an adult who has been thinking about improving your smile for years, Invisalign may be the ideal straightening method for you. Depending on your orthodontic issues, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for a year or less.

Will I have to avoid certain foods?

You can continue to eat your favorite foods when you opt for Invisalign treatment. You'll remove your trays before every meal and place them in their case. As soon as you're finished eating, you'll rinse the trays and put them back in your mouth. You'll also need to remove the trays when you drink beverages, as anything other than water may stain them.

Interested? Give us a call

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call your Petoskey, MI, dentist, Dr. Mark Makela, at (231) 347-2511 today to schedule an appointment.

By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
February 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Do you need to straighten your teeth using Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great and efficient way to straighten your teeth. They're clear so no one will know you're wearing them and they're comfortable to wear! Your dentist in Petoskey, MI, offers this procedure.

More About Invisalign

Invisalign treatment consists of clear plastic aligner trays worn by patients. The custom-made aligners are made using 3-D computer imaging technology. The plastic aligners are also transparent and shift the teeth into place by applying pressure on each of them until they are straight or in the desired position.

Each set of trays needs to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. You can remove them to brush and floss your teeth, to eat or drink, or to attend a special event, but just remember that the longer they are not worn, the longer the treatment will be delayed.

During Invisalign treatment, you will need to see your Petoskey doctor once every six weeks. He will want to make sure that your teeth are being straightened according to the plan and will assess if any changes need to be made according to your progress.

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — Appliance is easily removed and cleaned.
  • A Discreet Look — No one has to know you have braces.
  • More Dietary Choices — You're not limited in what to eat like regular braces.
  • Comfort — They're made of thin, flexible material which are more comfortable for your teeth.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — Invisalign can be used as a nightguard and is a great way to protect your teeth if you have a teeth-grinding, or clenching habit.

Invisalign is a great option for older teenagers and young adults. Your Petoskey, MI, dentist has the information you need about the procedure. If you want to know more, just call the office at: (231) 347-2511.

By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
December 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

Get Invisalign and fix crooked teeth without other people noticing.

You picture yourself in a board meeting talking confidently to your colleagues but you could never imagine doing this with a mouth full of invisalignmetal braces. Our Petoskey, MI dentist, Dr. Mark Makela, completely understands. Once you reach a certain age it becomes a less attractive option to wear braces. However, if you’ve been dreaming of a way to straighten your smile without other people noticing, then it might be time to consider Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is able to straighten teeth using a series of clear aligners that are designed specifically for you. Your Petoskey dentist will give you these smooth, clear and hard-to-see aligners that should be worn over the top and/or bottom teeth to shift them gradually into place. No metal wires or brackets necessary to get the smile you want. Just pop in your aligners and your treatment will begin.

Is it right for me?

If you are a late teen or adult who wants to fix issues such as uneven spacing between teeth, crowding, underbites, overbites or other similar issues, then Invisalign might just be the right option for you. This nearly invisible orthodontic system can treat everything from minor to more serious issues, but it won’t be able to change the alignment of your jaw. For these cases, only traditional braces will give you the best results.

How long is my treatment?

Everyone’s treatment will be a bit different and a lot will depend on what issues you need to treat, how severe your dental issues are and how dedicated you are to your treatment. Since aligners are removable, you can take them out before eating and before your oral routine but the rest of the time you should be wearing them. If you don’t wear them as often as you should then your treatment may last longer. On average, an adult who gets Invisalign tends to wear these invisible aligners for about one year.

As you can see, Invisalign can be an amazing way to get the straighter smile you’ve wanted without it interfering with your lifestyle. If you are ready to find out whether Invisalign is ideal for you and your smile, then it’s time you called Dr. Makela, our Petoskey, MI family dentist, to schedule your consultation.

By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
July 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Are your crooked, gapped or crowded teeth making you feel self-conscious, but the idea of wearing traditional metal braces to fix them would make you feel even more self-conscious? If so, you may feel as though you have no choice but to simply deal with your crooked,Invisalign gapped or crowded teeth, especially if they aren't that bad.

Thankfully, there is a better solution. Visit your local Petoskey, MI dentist, Mark Makela D.D.S., PC, and ask if Invisalign treatment in Petoskey, MI is right for you!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a dental device that offers results similar to metal braces, but without the unsightly wires. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners which fit right over your teeth. Every time you switch your aligners for a new pair, your teeth are gradually shifted closer and closer to their ideal position. Because Invisalign aligners are practically invisible, however, the entire process is completely inconspicuous.

Is Invisalign Effective?

While your Petoskey, MI dentist may still recommend traditional metal braces if your teeth are excessively crooked, gapped or crowded, for minimal to moderate cases, Invisalign aligners are just as effective as metal braces.

What Benefits Does Invisalign Offer?

Invisalign offers several great benefits. First of all, they are practically invisible, so no one has to know that you are wearing them except you. Wear them to work, to school, on a date or even to get your picture taken. No one has to know!

Secondly, Invisalign aligners are removable. While you will need to wear your aligners 18-22 hours a day, you do have the flexibility to take them out as needed.

Furthermore, they are very easy to clean. Cleaning around traditional metal braces can be tough, as there are many grooves for food particles and germs to hide in. With Invisalign, however, you take your aligners out before you eat so they don't get as dirty, and you simply clean them with a toothbrush and replace them when you are ready. There is no need to try to floss around them.

Many Petoskey, MI residents are already enjoying all of the great benefits that Invisalign aligners have to offer. If Invisalign sounds appealing to you, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Makela, to find out if Invisalign might be a good option for you.