Should I See a Local Orthodontist for Clear Aligners?

As you start your smile journey, you may wonder if you should see a local orthodontist for clear aligners to achieve your goals. At Kottemann Orthodontics, we believe in the incredible difference choosing an orthodontist’s expertise makes in comfort and efficiency throughout treatment. Our team is here to share why you should choose local, all about clear aligners, and the many benefits of straightening your teeth.


Why Rely On Your Local Orthodontist?

Close to Home

Choosing your local orthodontist can make traveling for appointments, follow-ups, and asking questions much more accessible. Our practices are located throughout Minneapolis and are just minutes away from many of our patients. Should an urgent situation arise regarding your clear aligners, such as your trays getting bent out of place or a toothache, our team will be there for you as soon as possible.

Reliable Support Throughout Treatment

Unlike mail-order treatment, our team of orthodontists will provide reliable support throughout your care plan. Our team offers an expert eye to promptly bring any issues to your attention during your time with us. We will happily answer any questions you have in our practice or while at home.

Dr. Bill, Dr. Kraig, Dr. Scott, and Dr. Alisha prioritize your comfort and providing efficient care. They will continue to monitor your progress at each follow-up appointment and make any necessary changes to your plan based on your progress. 

Unique Treatment Plans

With Kottemann Orthodontics, we can change your plan during subsequent appointments to ensure your clear aligners are correctly crafted, and your plan stays on schedule. Mail-order care, dentists, and other providers lack the same resources to make your treatment plan efficient and unique to your teeth. This can prolong your time in care and sometimes cause discomfort.

Flexible Financials and Budget

Our team is passionate about providing high-quality, affordable care to everyone ready for smile treatment. We put patients first by offering flexible payment plans and insurance options. Kottemann Orthodontics will work with you one-on-one to help you make the best choice for your budget.


Should I See a Local Orthodontist for Clear Aligners?

An Overview of Clear Aligners

Kottemann Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign clear aligners to our patients. Invisalign is a fantastic choice for those interested in an aesthetically appealing appliance that blends in with their smile. A series of smooth, comfortable plastic trays are switched out for two weeks as teeth shift closer to their ideal position. They appear nearly invisible, so no one will know you are undergoing treatment! 

We’re Invisalign Diamond Plus providers, meaning our orthodontists treat more patients with Invisalign than 99% of other orthodontists in the country.

Why Choose Invisalign?

Besides the aesthetic benefits of Invisalign, there are many benefits to choosing this modern appliance. They are removable appliances you can take out as necessary, allowing more flexibility in your lifestyle. No food restrictions come with them, so you can continue to eat as you wish without worrying about your trays getting bent. 

Additionally, you won’t need to undergo any uncomfortable wire tightenings that place additional pressure on your teeth. Because clear aligners do not use brackets, wires, or other components that typically cover part of your teeth, you can continue your daily brushing and flossing routines without extra effort to ensure they stay polished.

Using the Latest Technology

Clear aligners are an incredibly innovative orthodontic appliance that uses the latest technology to straighten teeth. We use the iTero element scanner to create a detailed 3D model of your teeth and use it as a guide to ensure your clear aligners are as fitted as possible. Thanks to advancements, our orthodontists can also show you how your teeth will move during treatment, making minor adjustments to your appliance throughout to achieve your smile goals.


The Benefits of Realigning Your Teeth

Enhance Your Sleep Each Night

Those with misaligned teeth may have difficulty comfortably closing their mouths, thus necessitating regular mouth breathing instead of through the nose, which is considered the healthier alternative. This dries out your mouth and creates an environment where bacteria can fester, causing bad breath.

However, the hairs in your nose can filter out dust and allergens from the air you breathe, making it more pure. Straightened teeth allow nose breathing to come naturally and enable you to sleep comfortably, avoiding a sore throat or fatigue in the morning.

Improved General Health

Pursuing braces treatment as an adult can even provide benefits that impact your general health. Smooth digestion from being able to chew and digest food properly, protection from gum disease due to more efficient oral health habits, and eliminating speech impediments are just a few examples of how straight teeth can protect you from seemingly unrelated health issues. 

You have the power to stop these issues from taking over any aspect of your life and proactively work toward improving yourself.

Easy Oral Maintenance

Over time, braces will eliminate hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that may be difficult to clean thoroughly. Polishing each tooth’s surface during your daily brushing and flossing routine helps protect you from common dental concerns, including tooth decay, plaque buildup, and bacteria. These simple acts make all the difference in preserving your original teeth for a lifetime.


Should I See a Local Orthodontist for Clear Aligners?

Choose Invisalign to Perfect Your Smile!

We hope this short guide has helped you feel more confident in choosing an orthodontist to begin clear aligner treatment. The Kottemann Orthodontics team will make your smile journey an unforgettable experience. We provide free consultations at our practices in Chaska, Maple Grove, Orono, and Plymouth and proudly serve the surrounding communities in Minneapolis. Schedule yours today and make a difference in your smile!