Category Archives: Invisalign

Over the years, orthodontic treatments have improved considerably. There are always newer and better products and technologies that will help our patients achieve the smile they want.

Today, there are several orthodontic treatments available. Braces continue to be a very popular option for people who want to straighten their teeth. However, Invisalign is also becoming highly in-demand among orthodontic patients.

So how is Invisalign different from braces? Let’s take a closer look.

Traditional Braces

Braces are comprised of archwires and brackets placed across the teeth. They are secured by means of a special elastic tie. The brackets can be made of metal, composite or ceramic and the patient can choose from a wide array of colors for the brackets.

The archwires are flexible and are attached to the brackets in order to apply constant pressure on the teeth so they will gradually move.

Traditional braces can correct problems like teeth alignment issues, crowding, protrusions, crooked teeth, and irregular spacing (gapped teeth). Braces will progressively move the teeth to their ideal place to give you a more attractive smile.

The duration of treatment using traditional braces varies. Some cases need less than a year, while others can take more than two years. Once the braces are removed, your orthodontist will prescribe a dental retainer so that the teeth won’t return to their original position.


Invisalign is often referred to as “invisible braces.” It’s basically a series of clear aligners that you wear without other people realizing you’re actually wearing them. Invisalign can be used to treat crowded teeth, spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites, and minor bite irregularities.

The clear aligners are specially made for each patient using computer technology to ensure that they fit you perfectly. The aligners are removable so you can take them out when you eat, brush and floss your teeth. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll be required to wear the clear aligners for at least 20 hours each day.

You will be given 2 sets of aligners during each dental visit, spaced around 4-6 weeks apart. The duration of treatment also varies, depending on each case. Most adult patients can complete treatment in about a year, sometimes less.

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to clunky, uncomfortable braces. However, it should be noted that it may not be able to treat major orthodontic issues. To determine if you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign, please call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sparaga of Clear Smiles Alaska.

A tooth gap, also known as diastema, can appear between any two teeth. Usually, it appears between the two upper front teeth. Closing the gap can improve your smile and boost your confidence. So what are your options for correcting tooth gaps?

Here at Clear Smiles Alaska, we can recommend any of the following procedures, depending on factors like the severity of the gap, how soon you want to fix your smile, your budget, as well as the number of tooth gaps you have.


The most convenient solution to gaps in between teeth are braces. However, going this route entails a longer and costlier treatment time, not to mention, the inconvenience of having to wear clunky metal braces. Unless the gaps are severe, braces may not be absolutely necessary.

Invisible Braces

 “Invisible braces” like the Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners that are designed to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position. Unlike braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible and you can remove your aligners when you brush your teeth or when you eat.


This dental procedure uses a highly moldable plastic resin material that can be made to precisely match the color of your natural teeth. The dentist can create a sculpted form that can mimic your natural teeth to give you a perfect smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an alternative to bonding. The veneers are basically super thin shells made of porcelain that the dentist will apply to your teeth so you can get the smile you want quickly. Veneers are convenient, affordable and do not require a lot of preparation.

Dental Crowns

Another way to fix tooth gaps is a dental crown. These crowns are permanently bonded to your tooth/teeth to cover any imperfections and restore the strength and function of the damaged tooth/teeth. If your dentist has determined a dental crown is the right treatment option for your gapped teeth, he will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the laboratory where your custom dental crown will be made.

If you want to fix the gaps in between your teeth to achieve a better-looking smile, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sparaga. We work very hard to ensure our patients get the smile they deserve.