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Invisalign Orthodontics in Charleston

Invisalign is the perfect solution for busy adults. Since Invisalign is removable, it won’t get in the way.


Are you re-entering the dating scene? Do you have a reunion coming up?  Whatever the reason, Invisalign is the perfect solution for busy adults. Since Invisalign is removable, it won’t get in the way.  Got a big presentation or a job interview?  Take them out.  Love a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of red wine at night?  As long as you wear them for 20 hours per day, you will keep making progress.

Have you been told you are not a candidate?  That your case is too difficult to be treated with Invisalign?  Give us a call.

Here’s a scary fact: any dentist can achieve certification to become an Invisalign provider by taking a weekend course.  Just like an surgeon’s scalpel or an artist’s brush, however, Invisalign is simply an instrument that the doctor uses to achieve your goals.  With the right doctor’s expertise and knowledge of the subtleties and complexity of orthodontics driving your plan, Invisalign can achieve spectacular results.

Dr. Garrett has completed training and continuing education with some of the best in the world…pioneers of the technique like Dr. David Paquette and Dr. Bill Gierie.  When you choose Dr. Garrett to plan your Invisalign treatment, you can have total confidence that he is going to get you great results.


Invisalign can be a little like autopilot… the dentist sends in a mold of your teeth, and Align sends back a computerized treatment plan of how the teeth will move from start to finish.  All the doctor “has” to do is press the approve button… and the patient will receive their Invisalign.  Dr. Garrett does much more, going over each tooth movement in painstaking detail and ensuring that you get that stunning smile.

Just because a guitar says Martin & Co. doesn’t mean it sounds good in just anyone’s hands.  If someone played you an off-key song with a Martin guitar and told you, “that’s the best a Martin can do,” would you believe them? That is the big secret with Invisalign… it is an instrument, wholly dependent on the skill of the doctor planning the treatment.

You wouldn’t want to be anywhere within earshot of Dr. Garrett and a guitar, but with a computer and a set of aligners, he can get you results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a product that an orthodontist uses to straighten your teeth. Treatment consists a sequential series of custom-fit clear plastic trays much like the trays your dentist would create for you to whiten your teeth. The first tray fits your teeth as they are now and the last tray fits your teeth when they are straightened into a beautiful smile. Because each aligner or tray makes small changes in your tooth positions, over time as you change to new trays, your teeth get straighter.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
That depends on who you ask. Dr. Garrett is a 2015 Elite Provider of Invisalign and has pursued many hours of continuing education to become highly skilled with the appliance. We have told many patients they ARE candidates for Invisalign when other doctors have told them they were not. Worldwide, there are many orthodontists doing incredibly complicated cases with Invisalign, and so the question is not as simple as it sounds. What you are really asking your doctor is if he or she feels comfortable treating you with Invisalign, not whether you can be treated. Many doctors are simply not as confident that they can get as good of results with Invisalign as they can with braces, and so they lead patients to believe that they are not “candidates”, when in reality candidacy is just an opinion.

Dr. Garrett has the confidence and experience to treat complex cases with Invisalign. If you have been told by a dentist or even another orthodontist that you need braces and you really don’t want them, you owe it to yourself to call us for a free consultation.

What is the Treatment process?
The treatment process begins with a free consultation in our office. There you will have photographs taken and you will meet Dr. Garrett. He will examine you teeth, your smile, and your bite. Then he will tell you your treatment plan and how long it will take for you to get that great smile. You will have the oportunity to ask questions about Invisalign and orthodontics in general. The next step is to have a digital scan (no radiation) of your teeth and bite. Dr. Garrett will then create a treatment plan using special software called ClinCheck Pro. Once he approves the plan, your aligners are fabricated and shipped to our office. You will receive the first two trays and wear them each for one week. In two weeks, you will return to our office to have your attachments placed. After that you will receive ten new trays and return to our office every 10 weeks for checkups until your treatment is complete.

What’s an attachment?
In simple terms, aligners work by pushing your teeth the direction that they need to go. Sometimes the tooth does not have anywhere to push to make it go the direction it needs to go, so Dr. Garrett adds a clear attachment to the tooth, made out of the same material as tooth colored fillings.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?
There are several acceptable ways to take care of your aligners. You can use a medium or hard bristled toothbruch and toothpaste, and brush the inside and outside and inside of the trays two to three times per day. Be sure not to use extra whitening toothpaste, as the abrasives may scratch the trays and make them less clear. Our favorite was is to use antibacterial dish soap and keep a dedicated toothbrush just for your aligners. You will want to avoid soaking your aligners in mouthwash as the coloring can leave a staining residue. We recommend hydrogen peroxide if you would like to soak them in something, although soaking is not a substitute for brushing. Keep them away from pets and do not leave them in a hot car. Also, never wrap them in a napkin while eating. You’ll throw them away. How do we know? We’ve heard that story a hundred times.

What Happens After Treatment Is Completed?
Just like with braces, you will receive a retainer that you wear at every night, gradually cutting back to one night a week

I’ve heard Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces…
Not true. We are aware that there is a lot of misinformation about the results that are possible with Invisalign. There are a number of reasons for this. First, Invisalign “Providers” do not have to be orthodontists. Orthodontists must graduate near the top of their dental school class, be admitted to and then attend a full-time residency for two to three years beyond dental school to learn how to move teeth. General dentists can take a weekend course to become “certified” to be a “provider” by Align, but this is a far cry from being an orthodontist. Having a general dentist do your invisalign treatment, while possible, is not recommended except for very simple cases. Second, even orthodontists do not receive much training using the Invisalign method in residency, so while they are experts in moving teeth with braces, extra study is required to become proficient using Invisalign to straighten teeth. Dr. Garrett regulary attends CE courses to improve his skills with Invisalign as it is the most rapidly changing area of orthodontics. Additionally, Invisalign has changed dramatcally in the past several years and there have been many technological advances from new software, newer plastics, and newer, better attachments that make the product exponentially more effective than it used to be. Cases that were impossible even five years ago can now be treated routinely with Invisalign.  By choosing an experienced specialist like Dr. Garrett, you can be confident you can get straight teeth without braces.

What are some advantages of Invisalign?
Beyond looking great, there are a number of other advantages in having your orthodontic treatment completed with Invisalign. First, you can eat whatever you want. Since you always remove your trays to eat and drink anything except water, there is nothing to get in the way of your favorite foods. With braces, you can’t bite into an apple or eat corn on the cob, but with Invisalign you can.

What are some disadvantages of Invisalign?
Even with Dr. Garrett’s experience, there are some cases that are still best treated with braces, although this percentage has decreased drastically in the last two years with some of Align Technology’s incredible advancements. The other main disadvantage is also its greatest advantage… you can take them out. Although this is great for your freedom and minimizing the impact on your lifestyle, the product is only working when it is in your mouth. If you take them out too often for too long, they won’t be working to straighten your teeth.

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