Craig R. Smith, DDS

Licensed General Dentist
2803 Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, Idaho 83702

Call: 208-343-1393

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30-4:00

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How Invisalign can help with oral health


How can Invisalign help you with oral health? There are many underlying factors that may affect the health of your mouth, Crooked teeth and misaligned bites are one of many. 

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can:

  • interfere with proper chewing.
  • make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay and cavities, gingivitus, and eventually Periodontal Disease.
  • strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.
  • make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem.

What is Periodontal disease?

Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If nothing is done, the infection can spread. It can destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone.

“Peri” means around, and “odontal” refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the supporting tissues are involved.

What are some of the benefits of straightening your teeth with Invisalign?

Healthier Teeth and Gums.  

Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.

Easier Cleaning

One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.

Overall Health

Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, 2 stroke, 3pneumonia 4 and diabetes5. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

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Invisalign Success Checklist

Get the beautiful straight smile you’ve always wanted with this handy Invisalign® success checklist.


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Invisalign: Could you Benefit?

Could you benefit from orthodontics? Schedule a free consultation with our office to find out if Invisalign can help you enjoy straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces.644382_10152595623139022_4809590611956983653_n

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What is Orthodontics?

two_profilesMore than just a pretty smile: Orthodontics can help you keep your mouth healthy.

Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease. 


For best results, practice good oral care.

Braces have tiny spaces­­ where pieces of food and plaque can accumulate. This can cause staining, white spots, tooth decay, and gum disease. That’s why it is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal.

How your teeth and gums look when braces come off has a lot to do with how you treat them while the braces are on.

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Invisalign: How it Works

Invisalign braces are the most modern technology used in orthodontics, redefining orthodontic treatment. Invisalign straightens your teeth by using plastic aligners which are changed every 2 weeks, for as long as needed till the end.

easy stepsAny orthodontics treatment starts with an initial consultation. We will check you with great care to make sure you are a good candidate for Invisalign.  These consultations are always free at our office, and most of our patients are excellent candidates for Invisalign.  Once we’ve determined which orthodontic treatment you’d like to pursue, you’ll be ready to undergo the first step: your molds, or impressions. For the Invisalign specialists to really be able to create your custom trays, we will need to obtain perfect dental impressions. Since your entire Invisalign treatment depends on the custom trays, don’t be afraid when we aim for perfection in taking these impressions.

The plaster models are checked again and cleaned. Any residue or imperfection in the impression is manually checked and solved, so that the impressions can enter the other stage: 3D processing. State of the art scanners are able to create a three dimensional version of your mouth. The computer gathers more than 300 such images to create the 3D model.

The 3D model gets sent to the technicians, who check once again if all is correct, the teeth and also the bite as the patient has it. The graphic designers will use a proprietary 3D application to cut each tooth and save it as a separate geometrical unit. The teeth are now separated and re-grouped on each arch in the position they will have once the treatment is complete. From the initial stage to the final result, there are many intermediate stages that make up the entire treatment. These are carefully considered since the treatment is different for each patient and the entire orthodontic process needs time. As in traditional braces case, we cannot have straight teeth over night, so all these stages are just the normal tooth movement created with each aligner till the teeth are straight and the bite corrected.

The quality check process is next, so that all the process, the teeth movement, prescribed treatment etc. are correct. Dr. Smith is the one to decide if the treatment is will provide a desirable outcome. This application form is called “clincheck” After all the treatment was checked and approved the aligners will be created. Male Teen Holding AlignerA series of models are created of photo sensitive thermo plastic, each of them will then be turned into an aligner. The thermo plastic sheet is pressed over each model by the use of heat. Trimming comes next so that the aligners come half a millimeter under the gum line, reducing the chances of sores and making the removal easier for the patient.

The aligners are polished and disinfected in a series of cleaning tanks, each set being then packaged, labeled and shipped to our office.  We will then call you to schedule an appointment where we will have you try in your new Invisalign aligners.  Start on the road to a straighter and healthier smile with Invisalign today!

For more information about Invisalign or to schedule a free consultation, contact our office at (208) 343-1393 or by email at

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