Can I Get Invisalign® After Having Braces?

mother and child in yellow hats with autumn yellow leaves walking outside on the city park in autumn 2 It’s National Orthodontic Health Month, and we’re here to give you the answers to all of your orthodontic questions! Today’s question is: can I get Invisalign after having braces?

The answer is yes! You can get Invisalign after having braces. Many people choose to do just that.

Invisalign After Braces: What You Need to Know

Assuming you are a teenager or adult who has had braces in the past, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth gradually. Because Invisalign is nearly invisible, many people choose this treatment option for its cosmetically-appealing nature.

If you’re considering switching from braces to Invisalign, we recommend you talk to your orthodontist about it. They’ll be able to give you specific advice based on your situation.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering making the switch from braces to Invisalign:

1. You may need a retainer. Even if your teeth are perfectly straight after having braces, there’s always a chance that they could shift back out of place. Wearing a retainer helps to prevent this from happening.

2. You might need a fewer number of aligners than someone who has never had braces. This is because your teeth are already partially aligned from wearing braces. As such, you may only need to wear Invisalign for a shorter period than someone who has never had braces.

3. You may need to wait a while before getting Invisalign. This is because your teeth need to fully recover from having braces before you can get them fitted for Invisalign aligners. Your orthodontist can tell you when your teeth are ready for the switch.

4. Your orthodontist may recommend that you wear traditional metal braces again. In severe cases of misalignment, a more comprehensive treatment than Invisalign is necessary. Fortunately, dental technology updates have decreased the time needed to wear traditional brackets and wires. Depending on the type of braces you are wearing, orthodontic treatment through braces can take anywhere from six months to 30 months.

Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry can help you with Invisalign if you’re interested! Schedule a consultation with us by calling 303-500-8637. As a Boulder, CO-based practice, we serve patients of all ages

Straightening Your Teeth Without Braces?

smiling woman holding invisalign braces For many years, orthodontists would throw some uncomfortable wires and brackets onto our teeth that we wore for years and years. This was the only method to straighten our teeth, and then once we had them removed, we’d be given a retainer to keep our teeth from shifting and disrupting all those years of work. A new orthodontic method has given the old wires and brackets a run for their money. This new treatment is called Invisalign! These clear aligners work much faster than the traditional metal braces!

On average, Invisalign treatment can take only 12 to 18 months, compared to the years and years of metal braces. Depending on your personalized case, you can even start seeing results in just a few weeks. To see results quickly, you must wear your aligners as often as possible.

Here Are Some Ways To Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

It’s important to remember that you have control over your journey with Invisalign, which means you can see results quicker if you practice these steps:

  • Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day
  • Staying up-to-date on your new aligners
  • Maintaining your dental hygiene
  • Take care of your aligners
  • Maintain your dental appointments

If you are interested in Invisalign, contact Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today! Call us at 303-449-1119 to schedule a consultation with us. Our practice serves patients in Boulder, CO

Is Invisalign® Faster Than Braces?

Invisalign braces on blue background If you dream of having a straighter smile but don’t want to spend years in orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® might be the perfect match. These clear aligners can work much faster than traditional metal braces. 

The average Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months. However, you can start seeing results in just a few weeks. Metal braces, on the other hand, can take between one and three years.

Factors such as the complexity of your case and how often you wear your aligners will impact your total treatment time. Our dentist can give you an estimate based on your exact needs.

Ways to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

It may seem like you have no control over your orthodontic treatment time. However, that isn’t entirely true. There are a few different ways to make Invisalign® work faster, including:

  • Wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day
  • Switching to your new aligners as instructed
  • Brushing your teeth regularly to avoid dental problems
  • Taking care of your trays to limit unnecessary replacements
  • Keeping your dental appointments 
  • Using AcceleDent® Aura 

AcceleDent® Aura for Invisalign Patients

Our practice proudly offers AcceleDent® Aura to accelerate your Invislign® treatment. This comfortable and non-invasive device can help straighten your smile in a shorter amount of time.

AcceleDent uses gentle vibrations to speed up the movement of your teeth. It can reduce your Invisalign® treatment time by as much as 50%. Our patients love the time-saving benefits of this device.

Get Treatment Time Estimates Today

Every patient is different. Dr. Michael Adler can determine how long it might take to achieve your smile goals with Invisalign® clear aligners in Boulder. They will likely save you time over braces. 

Call 303-449-1119 to schedule a consultation at Adler Advanced Dentistry. Our modern and inviting dental office serves patients from Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby areas of Colorado.

What Dental Issues Can Invisalign® Fix?

invisilign clear braces cosmetic dentist boulder colorado When you have spacing, alignment, or bite issues with your teeth, you may feel embarrassed to show your smile. What’s more, the long-standing and traditional means for addressing these aesthetic concerns have been metal braces, which many find equally embarrassing and uncomfortable. Thankfully, however, there have been recent advancements in braces technology with Invisalign® Clear Braces leading the way.

Most people find traditional metal braces a nuisance in look and feel. The process of straightening teeth with this method often takes years and can be painful during adjustments. Since Invisalign® Clear Braces have come onto the market they’ve revolutionized the way people feel about having to need braces. That’s because they offer many benefits over traditional braces, most importantly, offering an aesthetically pleasing alternative to a mouth full of metal.

While the predominant motivation for braces is to fix how your teeth look, it also aids in the overall health of your mouth, as these cosmetic issues can lead to other oral health concerns in the future. At Adler Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Michael Adler understands this and works with you to make sure that your teeth will not only look great but will be healthy as well.

Invisalign® Clear Braces can help with a number of cosmetic dental concerns, including:

  • Overbite: This happens when your upper teeth hang over your lower teeth. This can lead to problems with your gums, excess wear on your lower teeth, and jaw and joint issues if left untreated.
  • Underbite: This is when the lower teeth stick out past the top teeth. This may also lead to jaw and joint issues as well as excess tooth wear.
  • Gaps in teeth: This happens if your jawbone continues to grow more than normal or if you have a missing tooth, surrounding teeth may shift and create gaps. This can lead to problems with your gums and heightened risk of periodontal disease if left untreated.
  • Crossbite: This occurs when the top and lower jaws are misaligned. This issue can create wear on the teeth, bone deterioration, and increased risk of gum disease.
  • Open bite: This issue is when some teeth cannot make contact with opposing teeth to create a correct bite. This can lead to painful chewing, speech issues, and even risk of developing TMJ.
  • Crowded teeth: This occurs when there is not enough jaw space for all the teeth to fit normally. Left untreated, teeth can become excessively crooked, have increased plaque buildup, tooth decay, and an increased risk of gum disease.

As you can see, these issues, while being aesthetically unpleasing, can also lead to serious oral health concerns when left untreated. Invisalign® Clear Braces can help fix these dental issues and give you the confidence that your smile isn’t marred by metal.

Dr. Alder will go over all of the details about Invisalign® Clear Braces during your consultation and also determine your candidacy for this treatment. If it’s determined that Invisalign® Clear Braces is right for your situation, Dr. Adler will explain what you can expect for the process and work with you every step of the way so you can feel comfortable and confident that your smile will look and feel great.

If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign® Clear Braces and how they can help you, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at to schedule your free consultation. We proudly provide services to those who live in Boulder and the surrounding community in Colorado.

Guide to Invisalign Clear Braces | Boulder Denver Colorado

Our newest in a series of guide documents is the ‘Colorado Guide to Invisalign Clear Braces’. You’re invited to review the guide and contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Click to view/download the ‘Colorado Guide to Invisalign Clear Braces’.

Other Adler Advanced Dentistry guides include:

1) Colorado Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry

2) Colorado Guide to Neuromuscular Dentistry

3) Colorado Guide to Holistic Dentistry

4) Colorado Guide to General Dentistry

5) Colorado Guide to Full Mouth Reconstruction

6) Colorado Guide to Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment

What are the benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?

invisalign clear braces benefits boulder colorado cosmetic dentist Needing braces can be embarrassing, especially if you’re an adult. The thought of having a mouth full of metal can cause many people to forgo the treatment they need for a healthy, beautiful smile. With Invisalign® Clear Braces, you get the benefits of traditional braces with an added advantage—invisibility.

Dr. Michael Adler of Adler Advanced Dentistry in Boulder, CO strives to offer his patients dental options, such as Invisalign® Clear Braces, that not only help their teeth but help them feel confident as well. When you need to straighten crooked teeth, fix an overbite or underbite, or correct gaps in your teeth, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you look.

Invisalign® Clear Braces offers many benefits over traditional braces, including:

  • No restrictions on what foods you eat
  • Allows you to remove the device when you want
  • Virtually invisible teeth-straightening
  • Enables you to brush and floss your teeth normally
  • More comfortable as it’s made of smooth plastic
  • Won’t irritate your cheek or gums
  • Less dental office visits required

At Adler Advanced Dentistry, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your pursuit of a beautiful smile. Our entire staff works to foster a relaxing environment, as well as a comprehensive approach to each patient’s care.

If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign® Clear Braces and how they may help you, contact us today at to schedule your initial consultation. We proudly serve those who live in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby areas of Colorado.

New Sleep appliance for snoring and Sleep apnea

We just started using a new sleep appliance called MicroO2 with great success. This appliance seems to be much more comfortable than the Somnomed appliance. We have stopped significant snoring and improved oxygenation almost immediately, even in very severe cases. The appliance also does not constrict the tongue space- a common problem with other sleep appliances. When we call our patients after a few days of wear they are amazed with the results. We use a neuromuscular bite as the starting point for the appliance. This allows a much more comfortable jaw position. There is a greater than 70% overlap between TMD and sleep apnea so by combining neuromuscular dentistry techniques into the design of the appliance makes sense. We begin to treat both problems at the same time and find this to be integral to success. I will post some pictures and some sleep studies showing how the appliance works.

Boulder CO Dentist | Award Winning Case Study Pictures

Webmaster’s Note: The text below is reproduced to improve the legibility of the original article which appeared in the Aurum Group Spring-Summer 2012 Newsletter.

2011 Full Mouth Winning Case from IACA Competition.

This female patient first came to us with some very strong esthetic concerns. She was very unhappy with her own smile and overall dental health. The owner of her own advertising firm, she was often “in the public eye,” so a beautiful smile was a key aspect of her working life. Having seen a variety of the past patient portraits we had published, she was very interested in how we could give her the smile she wanted.

We started off, as we always do, with a discussion of her wants and desires and a full clinical exam. During that examination, I realized very quickly that I would be unraveling a tangled mess. She was missing some molars, one posterior crown (#30) had fallen off, there were caries evident, she had some facial asymmetry and she was experiencing neuromuscular symptoms with definite ‘clicking and popping’ in her joint along with TMJ pain. Her canine (#6) was actually between #4 and #5 (as you can see in the Before photos) with its roots tangled in amongst the roots of those teeth.

Following the clinical examination, we suggested a three- phase treatment plan: the first phase was to stabilize her dental situation so we could eventually properly evaluate her bite. We started of f by placing a permanent crown on tooth #30,  replacing the one that had fallen off and restored the caries evident throughout. Then we had to extract tooth #6 given its location and clinical situation. She was absolutely opposed to orthodontic treatment, stating “No braces” whenever it was suggested. While this hampered our efforts to fully correct her mid-line in the final result, we were able to get her to wear a Removable Expansion appliance on her upper arch (although her compliance was not the greatest). The patient finally did agree to the use of Invisalign to correct her anterior crossbite. This was critical in avoiding the extensive preparation that would have been required otherwise.

Once all of this was accomplished, we were able to take the K-7 and TENS devices to determine her comfortable bite position. A Lower Fixed LVI Orthotic, fabricated from a Myobite, was placed to correct the patient’s jaw alignment and to calibrate proper ver tical positioning. The orthotic was placed and remained in position for 5 months. At that point, we checked the patient’s revised bite on the K7. Both the patient and I were satisfied with the new bite, everything was in alignment, the symptoms had disappeared and she was comfortable.

Aurum Ceramic/Classic prepared a Diagnostic Wax-up as per their ACCES™ system, showing the patient her new smile. She was insistent on a very light shade, tracing back once again to her strong dissatisfaction with the shade of her original natural smile. Her upper arch was prepared first and finished following the recommended LVI protocol for esthetic reconstruction with the Aurum Ceramic/Classic Advanced Esthetic (AE) Team providing the Prep Indices, Bite Stent and Siltec Provisional Stent. All measurements were carefully maintained as we proceeded to restore the case.

All 28 teeth were restored at one appointment. The upper arch was restored with IPS e.max®  crowns and IPS Empress® veneers, all beautifully crafted by Aurum Ceramic/Classic. We actually chose to move the #5 bicuspid to the canine position, changing the shape of the restoration to improve the overall appearance of her smile. Her lower arch was restored with IPS e.max crowns and a Contessa™ Zirconia bridge #28 – #30 (to replace her missing #29). Aurum Ceramic/Classic matched the shades beautifully, you really can’t tell which is IPS e.max and which is porcelain.

The patient has been extremely happy with the final result both neuromuscularly and esthetically. In fact, she has sent us a veritable torrent of gifts for the office. We must  have received 20 to 30 boxes of different types of foodstuffs since we placed the case.

Dr. Michael Adler |

Make Healthy Teeth Your New Years Resolution

Start out the New Year right by getting the smile you have always wanted.  Treat yourself to a straighter and brighter smile for the New Year.  Zoom whitening is a great way to brighten up your smile and get rid of last year’s staining.  Our highly trained staff will get your teeth dramatically whiter while you lay back and relax.  If you have always wanted straight teeth but didn’t want traditional braces, then Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.  Straighter teeth not only look better but are also healthier and easier to maintain.  This year make your first impression a lasting one with a dazzling  smile.

The beginning of the year is also a great time to get that dental treatment you have been putting off done. Many insurance plans start over after the first of the year, so now is the perfect time to take advantage of those new benefits. Spending your Christmas money on your teeth may not seem as glamorous as a new flat screen TV but unlike the TV, healthy teeth will last you a lifetime.   A great healthy smile is always worth the money.  One visit, CEREC crowns make it easy and convenient to get the work you need done.  Unlike traditional crowns that take a minimum of two visits and you have at least two weeks in a temporary crown, CEREC crowns are designed and milled right in our office during your appointment.  In about an hour and a half, your tooth is as good as new and you leave with your permanent crown.

Good dental care is a resolution that is easy to keep and will help you to enjoy those great holiday meal for a lifetime. If you are one of those people that is a really good flosser just before and after your last dental visit but not so much the rest of the year then an easy resolution is to make it a daily habit. It doesn’t cost much and we always tell people to only floss the teeth they want to keep. Trust us, your gums will thank you for it.  So call us today to schedule your next dental visit.  Don’t you deserve a great smile?

Invisalign Special | Boulder Denver Adler Cosmetic Family Dentistry Announces $500 Off Invisalign Treatment

Nationally recognized Colorado based cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Adler announces Invisalign invisible braces promotion effective for June 2010.

Boulder, Colorado, June 3, 2010 –  Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today announced a special limited time discount for Invisalign teeth straightening treatments begun in June 2010.

To celebrate the start of summer Dr. Michael Adler of Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry has designated the entire month of June to be ‘Invisalign Month’. The first five patients that begin Invisalign treatment during the month of June will save $500 on the cost of their treatment. Patients that are not one of the first five to take advantage of this special offer will still save $300 on the cost of Invisalign treatment begun in June. The special Invisalign pricing is intended to provide patients with an added incentive to get that great looking smile they’ve always wanted while still saving summer fun money.

Additionally Dr. Adler is providing free consultations to answer questions about Invisalign treatment. Patients who’ve wondered whether Invisalign is the right treatment for them are encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity.

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move teeth over time to give the smile patients want and deserve.

Among the chief advantages of using Invisalign are:

  • Absence of ugly, metal bands and brackets
  • Results in months instead of years
  • Aligners are virtually invisible, so it’s nearly imperceptible to others that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Among the conditions that are treatable using Invisalign are: 1) Overly crowded teeth. This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally, 2) Widely spaced teeth. This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone, 3) Crossbite. This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, 4) Overbite. It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, and 5) Underbite. This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth.

Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is open weekdays by appointment. Additional information about the practice and services offered is available at

About Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
The cosmetic and family dental practice of Dr. Michael Adler is based in the Colorado community of Boulder, a convenient and scenic drive from most locations in the Denver and Front Range areas. Boulder, Colorado is also an inviting destination location for visiting out-of-state patients seeking Dr. Adler’s specialized attention. Dr. Adler is nationally recognized for his work and is committed to providing his patients with the highest level of care in both cosmetic and family dentistry. The practice maintains a website at and regularly publishes information on its blog at

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1810 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

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