Since Invisalign® was first introduced as a removable alternative to traditional metal braces in the late 1990s, this clear or “invisible” orthodontic treatment has perfected more than 11 million smiles worldwide. Many of these smiles grace some of the world’s most famous faces. After all, Invisalign® is the official aligner system of the National Football League. Patients throughout the Albuquerque, New Mexico metro area can benefit from their idols’ preferred way of straightening their teeth and correcting misaligned bites. We at Mark W. Johnson, DDS, are privileged to offer this modern, comfortable, and discreet treatment to our patients in Los Lunas, Grants, Edgewood, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and everywhere in between.
To call Invisalign® “braces” is actually a misnomer; Invisalign® doesn’t use brackets, wires, and bands to reposition teeth. Instead, this modern system relies on aligners. These “trays” or dental appliances are customized to fit your mouth — they slip into your mouth and over your teeth. The aligners are made from transparent, BPA-free, smooth, and flexible thermoplastic. These features are important because they make Invisalign®:
But perhaps the best part is that these aligners are removable — they are not fixed or bonded to the teeth. A dentist or orthodontist can only remove and adjust traditional braces to facilitate treatment progress. With Invisalign® aligners, you only visit our office periodically, during which Dr. Mark Johnson will assure treatment is progressing as it should be.
Invisalign® works using a series of trays, with each set corresponding to a different step or phase of treatment. It’s important to wear the trays in the correct order and for the appropriate amount of time each day. The general recommendation is that the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, except when cleaning your mouth and eating. This removable characteristic supports oral health because the ability to clean your teeth and gums is not disrupted during treatment. You can even continue to eat sticky and hard foods throughout treatment. In contrast, these foods tend to become trapped in metal braces and are ill-advised for brace-wearers. When each aligner is worn daily as directed and for around one to two weeks, many patients can effectively correct bite issues, crowding, and crooked teeth in around one year (on average).
Treatment is also supported by sophisticated technologies, which allow us to show you how your improved smile will look after Invisalign®. We can also walk you through exactly how the clear aligners gradually reposition your teeth throughout the process during your consultation.
Dr. Johnson has always loved assisting others and aspired to be a dentist himself. He started private practice after receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he has served the Albuquerque community for almost three decades.
Dr. Johnson's dental team's objective is to instruct, educate, and encourage their dental family to strive for and achieve optimal oral health, as well as to provide valuable, excellent dental care in a warm, friendly, and compassionate atmosphere.
He constantly expands his knowledge through continuing education classes in procedures like Invisalign® and various dental techniques. He and his colleagues work hard to go above and beyond your expectations.