Invisalign® vs. “Instant Orthodontics” – What is the difference?

At Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry, Dr. Kelsey Sullivan offers multiple ways to improve your smile. So, what is a great way to get a better smile? In short, Dr. Sullivan say’s “the answer to this question depends upon your expectations.”

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If you are looking for one of the most conservative ways to improve your smile, where we preserve the most tooth structure, Invisalign®, or “clear braces near me,” is an excellent solution, says Dr. Kelsey Sullivan. Invisalign® allows for the progressive realignment of crowded or improperly spaced teeth. These “clear braces near me,” or clear trays, are completely removable, allowing for better oral hygiene and reduced risk of cavities compared to traditional braces.


Although Invisalign® treatment is not “instant,” it only takes a few months to begin seeing results. Thus, making it an excellent choice and one of the top ways to improve your smile. Treatment periods when using “clear braces near me” or Invisalign® typically range from 6-24 months, depending upon the case’s complexity.

Invisalign®, combined with professional whitening, is a superb choice and truly one of the top ways to improve your smile, especially for patients who like the shape and size of their teeth but may want a straighter, brighter smile. Dr. Sullivan says that Invisalign® is also considered one of the most conservative options. When it comes to various options and ways to improve your smile, a conservative option means there is a lower risk of developing future dental problems.


For those who do not like the shape and size of their teeth, or for those who do not like the “character” of their teeth, you might be better candidates for what we call “Instant Orthodontics.” Instant Orthodontics involves removing tooth structure to make room for crowns or veneers on the front teeth. While preparing the teeth, I will be able to correct minor to moderate crowding problems as well. Although this option isn’t as conservative, it’s still considered one of the quickest ways to improve your smile. 


This procedure is called “instant” because the same day you have the teeth prepared is the same day you leave with temporary crowns or veneers. Thus, showing immediate improvement to your smile. The temporary crowns or veneers will be in place for two to three weeks while the lab creates your permanent crowns or veneers.

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Crowns and veneers are made from a ceramic material that allows us to alter your tooth shape, size, and character. Tooth “character” refers to any variation in the tooth color or texture. Sometimes, patients will have darker or lighter areas on their teeth that they feel do not blend in well with surrounding teeth. Occasionally, these areas can be improved by whitening. Sometimes, however, they do require crowns or veneers to achieve a consistently white, beautiful smile. Either way, crowns and veneers can, for some, be one of the best ways to improve your smile and Dr. Kelsey Sullivan would love to see what she can do for you!


The main advantage of Instant Orthodontics versus “clear braces near me,” or Invisalign®, is time. Instant Orthodontics can typically be completed from start to finish in one month. However, it is essential to keep in mind that if you consider Instant Orthodontics as one of the ways to improve your smile, it does require a permanent reduction of tooth structure. And, any time there is work performed on a tooth, there is a higher chance that dental problems will arise.

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The information on this page was written by Dr. Kelsey Sullivan.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentist says: “My patients deserve personalized, quality dental care in an atmosphere they feel comfortable in. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, our team of caring professionals is committed to providing you with a comfortable and positive dental experience. Our goal is to form a partnership with you to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health throughout your lifetime.”


You can schedule with this Northeast Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at her Northeast Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This Lincoln, NE dentist serves the local communities close to Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry in Waverly, Davey, Greenwood, Walton, Eagle, Elmwood, Weeping Water, Ceresco, and more.

I look forward to meeting you soon, Dr. Kelsey Sullivan.

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