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Tips and tricks for patients using Invisalign

Beautiful smiling Turkish woman is holding an invisalign bracerStraightening your teeth with clear aligner therapies such as Invisalign can be a great way to obtain a perfect smile without having to wear and deal with metal brackets and wire braces. Our Albuquerque, NM area dentists offer Invisalign as a leading-edge orthodontic treatment alternative to conventional orthodontia. Along with this treatment, Dr. Steven Holbrook provides certain tips and recommendations to those who are undergoing treatment with this method. 

  • Be aware of lipstick. Dark colors of lipstick worn while you wear your aligners can stain your Invisalign trays, so it’s essential that you choose a matte lipstick less likely to smudge and smear, and stick with colors that are too bright or too dark in case staining occurs.
  • Switch trays at night. The first day of using the next tray in the series can sometimes result in discomfort. This is because the new aligners are applying pressure on the teeth to help move them. Patients are advised to switch trays at night which allows them to sleep off the discomfort.
  • Watch what you eat. Because Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, there are not a whole lot of dietary limitations. However, when you do eat or drink, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth to avoid staining or damaging your Invisalign aligners.
  • Use the storage case. You need to wear your aligners for about 20 hours a day, even when sleeping, but storage containers should always be used when removing aligners to brush and floss.
  • Maintain oral hygiene. Always brush and floss before putting your aligners back over your teeth. Keep an oral hygiene kit in cosmetic bags to make sure you can do this on the go!

Call Dr. Steven Holbrook today 

Albuquerque, NM patients who are in need of oral health and wellness solutions are welcome to book a consultation visit with our team to determine if they are good candidates for Invisalign. Whether you’re contemplating this treatment or are already started, learning these tips and tricks can help pave the road for a positive experience. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 to request a visit with our team at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C.

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The best teeth straightening options available with Dr. Holbrook

Are you looking for an option to quickly straighten your teeth to achieve your dream smile? Misalignment of the teeth and the bite can impact both appearance and health of the smile, but many patients avoid asking their dentist about realignment options for fear of needing traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Fortunately, there are many other teeth straightening options available for patients to consider when dealing with mild to moderate misalignment. At the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, patients can achieve the results they want with some of the best treatments available in the Albuquerque, NM area.

  • Invisalign orthodontics – We are excited to offer solutions known as “clear orthodontics” for patients who need to address mild misalignment and malocclusion. Invisalign orthodontics is a popular choice for both teenagers and adults because it uses clear aligner trays that are discreet. Patients straighten the teeth with these inconspicuous appliances, working through a series of trays until they achieve the final results. Patients can remove the trays to eat, drink, brush, and floss, and many of our patients will get their new smile in approximately one year or less!
  • Porcelain veneers – Another way for patients to address misalignment is with the use of veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to cover imperfections. This includes small gaps between teeth and misaligned teeth. Essentially, instead of realigning the tooth, the porcelain veneer is used to disguise the tooth and provide a more attractive smile. Patients can use one or more veneers in the front of their smile to achieve results quickly and affordably without extensive orthodontic work.

Straighten your smile with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and are interested in finding out more about solutions such as Invisalign and veneers to improve your smile, call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment with our team, conveniently located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. Our team is here to help new and established patients in the community with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions that fit their needs and budgets, while not impacting quality work.

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Straighten teeth with a “clear” solution called Invisalign

Have you been considering the advantages of a straighter smile? Have you been told by a dental professional that you could benefit from having braces? Are you embarrassed to move forward with treatment due to the look and discomfort associated with metal bracket and wire solutions? If you are thinking about improving the smile and doing so in a less noticeable way, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM has a solution for you: Invisalign.

Understanding how Invisalign works

Invisalign is a method of realigning the teeth to improve appearance and bite. Instead of using metal brackets glued to the teeth with metal wires pushing them into alignment, Invisalign works with clear plastic trays that achieve the same results. The benefit? Invisalign is practically invisible, hence the name! Patients wear discreet trays over the dental arch to gently push the teeth into the desired position. This eliminates the need for unsightly braces used in past, and makes for a wonderful alternative for those with mild to moderate misalignment.

When patients are considered an appropriate candidate for Invisalign, they start with a series of 3D digital impressions of the teeth. This information is then sent over to the Invisalign laboratories. The labs create a series of trays based on the patient’s current smile and the smile they want to achieve. The more severe the misalignment, the more trays the patient will have in their treatment. Invisalign mails the trays back to the dentist where patients arrive to pick them up and learn about how to care for them. Each tray is used for two weeks. Patients wear the trays day and night and only remove them to brush, floss, eat, and drink. After two weeks, patients trade the tray for the next tray in the series. By the end of treatment, patients will have a beautiful smile—without the use of unsightly metal braces!

Discover the benefits of Invisalign

Patients in and around the area of Albuquerque, NM who are considering orthodontic treatment should ask their dentist about Invisalign. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team provide Invisalign as a way to enhance the smile without unsightly metal orthodontia. Book an appointment by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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Have Your Teeth Shifted As An Adult? What We Can Do To Help

Invisalign® Albuquerque NMIf you’ve been through it all as a pre-teen; you know, the braces, the name-calling, and eventually the straight teeth, then you know just what wearing braces is like. And although you may have been religious about wearing your retainer for the first few years after you got your braces off, if you have given up your retainer as an adult and have noticed that your teeth have shifted, you may not know what to do. Luckily, with treatments like Invisalign, Dr. Steven Holbrook can help you get your smile back.

Why Do They Shift?

If you had previous orthodontic care and no longer wear your retainers, then you can count on your teeth shifting more and more each year. In fact, some patients teeth shift all the way back to their initial position.

Initial Consultation

Before we even decide on a treatment option for you, we will have you come into our office for a consultation. During your consultation, we will see how much shifting has taken place and will decide if a simple retainer can do the trick or if you need something more advanced like Invisalign.


If Dr. Holbrook does determine that you need to have Invisalign done, then you may not know what to expect. Unlike traditional metal braces that you wore during your prime pre-teen years (or the years that haunt you the most), Invisalign works by using virtually invisible trays that help to reposition your teeth. Then every two weeks, you will switch out your trays for other ones which will then move your teeth even more.

Having the perfect smile doesn’t come without some work on your part. If you want to learn more about how Dr. Holbrook can re-straighten your teeth, then schedule a consultation with us at our Albuquerque office today and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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