about invisalign

If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth, but you do not want to wear traditional braces, Invisalign from Dr. Richard Higgs at Aquila Dental may be just what you need. Instead of bulky, uncomfortable, and highly visible braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that gently move your teeth into a better position and correct minor orthodontic issues.

UNDERSTANDING how invisalign works

Invisalign uses a series of hard, thin, clear plastic aligners that are similar in shape and size to retainers. While you are wearing Invisalign aligners, they gradually shift your teeth into the proper position. Because they are removable, nearly invisible, and they do not affect speech, Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable and convenient than braces, particularly for older adults.

WHAT TO EXPECT the invisalign process

Once Dr. Richard Higgs has approved you as a candidate for Invisalign, he will use a 3D Itero scanner to take digital images and scans of your mouth. This eliminates the need for traditional dental impressions and allows Dr. Richard Higgs to build a “smile preview” so that you can see the results of your treatment before we even begin! This ensures that you know what to expect and that there are no surprises with your treatment.

Next, Dr. Richard Higgs will work with Invisalign to create your custom set of aligners. You’ll come back into our office once your first set arrives. Then, you’ll wear each set for about 2 weeks, for 20-22 hours per day. You’ll come in every 4-6 weeks for a checkup, and to get your next sets of aligners. The process usually takes somewhere between 20-24 aligners, making the average treatment time about a year, though this may vary based on your oral health and orthodontic condition.

EXPLORING the benefits

Invisalign has a number of powerful benefits, which make it a great alternative to braces:

  • Comfortable and invisible – Invisalign exerts much more gentle, even pressure on the teeth compared to braces, and there are no wires or brackets to poke your mouth and gums. The aligners are also virtually invisible, so nobody needs to know you’re having orthodontic treatment!
  • Removable – Invisalign can be removed to eat, so there are no food restrictions. Removable aligners also make it easier to brush and floss properly and do things like play sports or a musical instrument.
  • Faster results – Invisalign has an average treatment time of under a year, making it a much shorter treatment when compared to most traditional orthodontic options.


At Aquila Dental, Dr. Richard Higgs has years of experience with Invisalign in Chandler. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, we can help. During your consultation, Dr. Richard Higgs will discuss all of your options for restoring your smile, and help you decide if Invisalign is right for you. Contact us now to get started, or come to our office at 3175 S Price Road, Suite 140, Chandler, AZ 85248 to schedule your appointment.