Choosing Invisalign® for Your Orthodontic Treatment

There are several options for straightening teeth in the field of orthodontics. Recent advances in dentistry have allowed us to treat patients more effectively and efficiently than ever before. One of the most popular modern innovations for correcting crooked teeth is the Invisalign® system. Comprised of a series of custom, clear plastic trays, this method can move teeth into their desired positions with a gentle, constant force. Invisalign® is a wonderful solution for many patients, and is provided by Dr. L. Douglas Knight in his Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY locations.

Reasons to Choose Invisalign®

Patients all over the world enjoy the benefits of Invisalign®. Offering simplicity and great aesthetics, it is a wonderful solution for many teens and adults. Some advantages of the Invisalign® system include:

  • Confidence and convenience: The clear trays can be removed for special events, if desired. This means no prom, wedding, or birthday photos of you with braces or aligners.
  • Aesthetics: Their clear, sleek design is an optimal choice for many patients.
  • Motivation for compliance: Each tray has a small, blue indicator dot built in that fades with use. This is the perfect motivator to ensure you are wearing your Invisalign® trays with enough frequency and consistency.
  • No dietary restrictions: Because the trays are removable, no dietary precautions are necessary. You can continue to eat all of your favorite foods while undergoing treatment!
  • Brush and floss with ease: Traditional braces make it difficult to clean around them. Because Invisalign® is removable, you can brush and floss just like normal.
  • Cost: Although fees for any treatment can vary, the overall cost of Invisalign® is comparable to traditional braces. Our financial options make it easier than ever for you to plan your treatment.
  • Comfort: There are no metal wires or brackets to get in your way, so lip and cheek irritation is not likely.
  • Treatment time: For patients needing minor correction, Invisalign® treatment may take as little as six months.

Disadvantages of Invisalign®

When deciding on treatment, education is key. It is important to understand the pros and cons of any procedure. Dr. Knight embraces three levels of orthodontics to provide comprehensive care for his patients. In every treatment case, optimal results will be achieved by assessing bite function and health in addition to aesthetics. This includes addressing problems with the TMJ, occlusion, and airways. Used exclusively for straightening teeth, Invisalign® does not address all three levels of orthodontic care. At Knight Orthodontics, we want you to see the big picture. Below are disadvantages of Invisalign® treatment:

  • Does not correct bite function: The most notable downside to Invisalign® is the lack of bite correction. Traditional braces address occlusal issues which affect the way your teeth function. Invisalign® is limited to straightening teeth, and does not address function or health.
  • “Invisible” might not mean unnoticeable: Many patients are surprised to find out they may need additional attachments to supplement their trays. These attachments are often small, tooth-colored buttons that are affixed to the tooth surfaces. This provides more movement for challenging cases. Unfortunately, they may be visible to others.
  • Lengthy wear time: The prescribed wear time for Invisalign® is 22 hours a day. This means that forgetting to wear the trays can result in longer treatment time.
  • Possible increase in tooth decay: In certain cases, Invisalign® can put patients at a greater risk for tooth decay. Because the teeth are encased, or “sealed off”, from the rest of the mouth, they miss out on the natural benefits of saliva, which can help prevent cavities. However, most people will not have this problem if they follow the recommended oral hygiene protocol.
  • Limitations to success: There are several factors that go into orthodontic treatment. If you have other existing dental problems that remain unaddressed, Invisalign® could limit or even hinder your success.

The Invisalign® Treatment Process

Once you have decided to take the step toward your new smile, we hope you will visit Knight Orthodontics. When using the Invisalign® system, here is the process you can expect:

  • Initial consultation: During your first visit, Dr. Knight will assess your smile and determine your custom treatment plan.
  • Impressions of your teeth: Impressions will be taken in order to fabricate your custom trays.
  • Delivery of your Invisalign trays: Once your trays arrive, you will begin treatment immediately.
  • Active progress: Knight will monitor your progress and let you know when to change out your trays.
  • Maintenance: Once your treatment is complete, you will wear a retainer to prevent shifting.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

If you would like to learn more about orthodontic options including Invisalign®, you can arrange a complimentary visit with Dr. Knight. Schedule an appointment online, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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Noshia Saunders
Noshia Saunders
23:43 21 Dec 17
Staff is always pleasant and I was surprised at my second visit they knew my name as soon as I walked in! Very family and community oriented.
Sentinel-7
Sentinel-7
22:40 19 Dec 17
Great service and excellent follow up appointments whether you have to have braces or anything else you need. They also have brand new, very useful and innovative technology at Knight Orthodontics. I would highly recommend it.
Grace Linscott
Grace Linscott
21:47 03 Nov 17
The workers were excellent. They took really good care of me. Dr. Knight was awesome couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontist
Genevieve Mulkins
Genevieve Mulkins
20:15 01 Nov 17
Dr Knight and his staff provide outstanding care; they are always kind; work around our busy schedule and are always understanding. I highly recommend Dr Knight to everyone.
George Atkins
George Atkins
13:46 01 Nov 17
The staff were all very nice and friendly! Dr. Knight had me in and out of braces very quickly and easily.
D Pedro
D Pedro
00:33 31 Oct 17
Dr. Knight did an awesome job on our child’s teeth. Other Orthodontists said the job couldn’t be done. Dr Knight not only said he could do it, he took away all our concerns. We highly recommend Knight Orthodontics!!
Emily Cyphers
Emily Cyphers
14:18 24 Oct 17
I went in for a permanent retainer repair for the first time with Dr. Knight, and had a wonderful experience. I'm new to Kentucky and he talked with me like he new me for years, he was so personable and took the time to get to know me. He had never worked on my teeth before but knew exactly what to do to re-straighten them and get a retainer back in. There is no "new patient" fee which is always nice. He seems to truly care about his patients' smile (teeth) and I will continue to come back to him for any orthodontic care.
Will Heemsoth
Will Heemsoth
21:02 11 Oct 17
Dr Knight and his staff are amazing. My son's treatment went very well and we are tremendously happy with the results. Scheduling was super easy and we always got in and out on time.
David Jones
David Jones
16:54 05 Oct 17
Dr. Knight is an expert and simply one of the best orthodontics in the area. His staff are very friendly and professional. I highly recommend, especially if you have a complex or difficult case .
Beth Searcy
Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
Harrison Bratton
Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith
20:53 10 Aug 17
All 4 of my children have had braces at Dr. Knight. He's been been wonderful and I'd highly recommend him. His staff have been really great to work with as well!
Marla Harris
Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful!Marla Harris
thomas troxtle
thomas troxtle
19:20 14 Jun 17
Dr. Knight and his team are remarkable! I can't give enough positive feedback about them. Caring, kind, attentive and personal. It is definitely 100% about the clients. Great work. Life changing. 10 out of 5 stars!!
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
00:28 04 Jun 17
I have enjoyed my second round of wearing braces. He has done an excellent job correcting my bite and the time flew by. Before I knew it, my braces were coming off. Dr. Knight and his team really care and take an interest. I used the emergency number, after hours, and Dr. Knight was there for me. When my children come to the point in their life when they will need orthodontics, I will make their appointments with Dr. Knight! Thank you, Dr. Knight and team!
Macreena Groody
Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
I've been coming to Knight Orthodontics since I was in grade school. The team is so friendly and professional, you will always be greeted with a smile. Dr. Knight and his incredible staff make me feel right at home. Dr. Knight has done an amazing job not just on my own teeth, but on my mom and brother's as well. I highly recommend this office!
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