Gibson Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign Clear Braces

How can we help you?

A significant part of offering exceptional dentistry is providing our patients with the advice, guidance, and support they need to be proactive with their oral health. Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson want you to know you can come to us with any questions or concerns you have. We encourage you to rely on us as a valuable resource for the information you need!

There are some questions that our patients frequently ask, and we’ve shared some of them below. If there’s something on your mind that you don’t see here, however, please don’t hesitate to call us at (256) 724-3530. Our exceptional dental team is very knowledgeable and will be happy to assist you.

Invisalign Clear Braces

At Gibson Dental, we think you’re never too old to enjoy a beautiful smile!

It may be that you had orthodontic treatment in childhood but didn’t wear your retainer and suffered a relapse. Or maybe you missed the window for childhood braces. In either case, we think it’s time to claim the smile you’ve always wanted.

We offer traditional orthodontics and Invisalign for adults in Madison, AL.

Traditional orthodontics rely on metal brackets attached to teeth and threaded guidewires. You come to our dental office every few weeks for wire adjustments, and so the dentist can check your progress.

With Invisalign, you wear invisible aligners 22 hours per day, removing them to eat and clean your teeth. You change your aligners every few weeks at home and come to the office only periodically so the dentist can check your progress.

Your dentist can help you choose the option that best fits your needs and lifestyle at your consultation. We’ll also let you know how long you’ll need orthodontic treatment at this initial visit.

Your Madison, AL Dentist Is Here to Help

Of course, you’re never too old to love your smile, and we are eager to help you reach your goals. Contact a team member to schedule your consultation.

Not all smiles are naturally straight and evenly aligned, which is why Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson have years of experience in transforming smiles and addressing any manner of smile flaws, including overbites.

What Is an Overbite?

Overbites are when the top front teeth overlap the lower front teeth. Overbites are very common; most people have a little bit of an overbite. 

Why Should an Overbite Be Fixed?

When the overbite is significant, you may have a deep bite. This can wear down your teeth and be painful.  

Can Invisalign Aligners Fix My Overbite?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can address overbites or deep bites. At Gibson Dental, we have highly experienced dentists who offer Invisalign orthodontic treatment and fixing mild to severe smile flaws.

Invisalign orthodontic treatment can also address:

  • Crowding or spacing
  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites

Invisalign in Madison Can Fix Most Bite Issues

Most bite problems can be addressed through Invisalign. Severe cases and misaligned bites may require additional appliances.

Your Madison, AL orthodontist treats each smile as a unique case, which means your smile treatment plan is customized to your bite. 

If you're ready to take your smile to the next level, give Gibson Dental a call today for more information.

If your teenager has crowded or crooked teeth or a misaligned smile, you might be interested in fixing it early.

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment since it is less conspicuous than traditional braces, making it less awkward in social settings. 

Invisalign for Your Teenager

Invisalign clear aligners are removable, which makes them easier to keep clean. Teenagers can quickly adapt to a good oral health routine. Your teenager should understand that the aligners must be worn for 23 hours a day; commitment is an absolute necessity! 

Invisalign aligners are clear and transparent, so they are a lot less embarrassing than metal braces. Self-conscious teenagers will appreciate this aspect. 

Invisalign gently shifts teeth into their desired position, and are less painful than metal braces. Sensitive teenagers often prefer the comfort of clear plastic aligners. 

There are many benefits that Invisalign provides, but for many teens, the most critical aspect is that their orthodontic treatment doesn't draw attention to them. Being a teenager is painful enough without adding the embarrassment of a "metal mouth."

However, they must be disciplined and committed to wearing their aligners and completing their treatment. It can be tempting to take the aligners out and leave them out, but this can set them back.

We Can Help Your Teen

Dr. McKenna Gibson and Dr. Matt Gibson treat patients of all ages. We especially are here to help your teen get through this stage of development. Call Gibson Dental today to schedule your Invisalign evaluation.

Gum disease is an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your bone and gums. The infection attacks your soft tissue and jawbone, eliminating that support and resulting in tooth loss in severe cases.

In its early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease; unfortunately, there's no cure. Gum disease weakens your bone, and moving your teeth can exacerbate it if you are not successfully managing it.

However, it's possible to complete Invisalign treatment if you're managing gum disease, but it's essential to get it under control first to avoid further damage to your teeth.

Your dentist can help you control your periodontitis with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and additional professional teeth cleanings throughout the year.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is safe and the proper treatment for you is to visit our dentists for an evaluation. During this time, they will take photos and x-rays, and provide a thorough examination to evaluate your dental health, and decide if Invisalign in Madison is the best treatment to help you reach your smile goals. 

If you're interested in learning more about invisible braces with Invisalign, contact Gibson Dental at (256) 724-3530.



Many of our Madison, AL patients want straighter teeth without the hassle and discomfort of ugly metal brackets and wires that you see with traditional orthodontic treatments. If this is you, you might be interested in Invisalign clear aligners

What Is Invisalign?

Invisible aligners don't use metal parts, and each tray is custom-fitted for your teeth. They are also virtually invisible, and most observers will never know you are straightening your teeth.

They work through a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. We manufacture each tray so that teeth are moved up to 0.25 mm per tray, meaning that the process is gradual. Patients receive a new tray every two weeks, and they can visibly see the change over the weeks. 

Once your trays have been fabricated, using them is as simple as putting them over your teeth. Unlike traditional metal brackets, Invisalign plastic aligners are not uncomfortable and will not cut your gums or lips. Professional patients love that they are barely noticeable and discreet straightening alternative.

Learn More About Invisalign in Madison, AL

There are many benefits that Invisalign offers, including the fact that they are completely removable before meals or brushing and flossing.

If you have been considering getting a straighter smile for a while, we invite you to give us a call, and we can go over how Invisalign can benefit you.

We are proud to offer both traditional braces and Invisalign in Madison, AL.

Traditional braces require metal brackets and guidewires to straighten your teeth. In contrast, Invisalign relies on clear aligners to do the same.

Traditional Braces

If your dentist approves you for traditional braces, we fix brackets to your teeth and thread them with guidewires. Then, every few weeks, you come into our dental office for an adjustment to keep your teeth moving into their correct positions.

Traditional braces correct moderate to severe:

  • Bite misalignment
  • Crooked and twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Only your dentist can remove your braces.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a more discreet orthodontic system. If you and your dentist decide on Invisalign, we take impressions of your teeth. Then we send our results to the Invisalign lab, where they create your custom aligners. You change your aligners every few weeks to the next in the series and visit your dentist periodically to make sure everything is coming together on schedule.

Invisalign can correct the following mild to moderate:

  • Bite misalignment
  • Crooked and twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

You can remove Invisalign to eat and clean your teeth.

Learn Whether Orthodontics Is Right for You

To schedule your consultation for clear aligners or traditional braces, give us a call today.

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