Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA -  - Family Dentistry

Breton Family Dental

Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA

Family Dentistry located in Midtown, Phoenix, AZ

If you want straighter teeth without a mouthful of metal bands, brackets, and wires, Invisalign® may be the solution. Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA, offers Invisalign clear plastic aligners at Breton Family Dental in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona. To discover your beautiful new smile, call the office or schedule an appointment online for an Invisalign consultation.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a convenient and versatile way to straighten teeth without the bothersome hardware of braces. Using clear plastic aligner trays made of a flexible material, Invisalign offers adults and teenagers a discreet option for orthodontic treatment.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign treats the same bite and alignment problems as traditional braces, but in a more comfortable and aesthetically appealing way.

First, Dr. Peterkin takes precise measurements of your mouth with 3D digital impressions. She runs that information through specialized computer software to create a virtual treatment plan just for you.

Then, Invisalign fabricates a series of transparent, customized aligner trays. The trays gently and gradually shift your teeth as you wear them for 20-22 hours a day. Once a tray’s work is done, you move on to a new tray (approximately every two weeks).

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Using advanced orthodontic technology, Invisalign offers numerous advantages over traditional metal braces. Benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Improved aesthetics due to crystal clear trays that don’t distract from your smile
  • Minimized risk of damage to tooth enamel from metal brackets and wires
  • Increased comfort from smooth plastic trays without sharp edges
  • Faster treatment time — typically 9-16 months as opposed to several years

Since the trays are removable, Invisalign allows you to enjoy the foods you love without interference. This also means you can clean your teeth thoroughly and not have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.

What should I expect from Invisalign treatment?

The treatment process begins with a thorough dental exam at Breton Family Dental, during which Dr. Peterkin determines whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. She finds that Invisalign is appropriate to treat most cases, from basic cosmetic corrections to complex alignment issues.

Before fitting you for aligner trays, Dr. Peterkin makes sure your teeth are healthy and any issues — such as gum disease or tooth decay — are addressed. Then, she takes 3D digital impressions and uses them to generate an individualized treatment plan.

Once you start using the aligner trays, Dr. Peterkin monitors your progress at brief visits every six weeks.

To get started on your path to a new, straight smile, call Breton Family Dental or book an appointment online today.