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Using Invisalign® for orthodontic treatment means you can avoid the dietary restrictions and mouth irritation that often come with braces. At Smyl Manatee in Bradenton, Florida, Nish Patel, DDS, and Chuck Laun, DDS, welcome you for an initial Invisalign consultation, including a smile simulation that shows your potential results. To book a visit, call the office or use the online scheduling feature today.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern treatment system for various types of malocclusion (tooth misalignment). Like braces, Invisalign pushes your teeth into more visually appealing and functional positions over several months. However, it works in a completely different way.

While braces rely on a network of brackets attached to the teeth, wires, and rubber or metal bands, Invisalign uses clear aligners designed to fit over the contours of your teeth. Each aligner pushes your teeth closer toward the end result. 

You change aligners every one or two weeks. You will need to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day.

During the planning process for Invisalign at Smyl Manatee, Dr. Patel uses a smile simulator to show you what your teeth will look like when you’re done with treatment. He uses an intraoral scanner to make aligners that fit perfectly. 

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign treats many types of misalignment. While not always the best choice for severe cases, you can usually successfully treat mild to moderate malocclusions, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded or overlapping teeth
  • Bites that don’t fit together

Crooked or crowded teeth can contribute to other dental problems, too. Poorly aligned teeth can place extra stress on your jaw and contribute to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and crowded teeth can be hard to clean, which leads to cavities.

How should I take care of my Invisalign clear aligners?

Taking great care of your Invisalign aligners helps you stay on track with treatment. It also helps you avoid oral health issues like cavities that can complicate or prolong your orthodontic treatment. 

Dr. Patel tells you everything you need to know about aligner care while using Invisalign. You should:

  • Remove the aligners to brush your teeth, including after every meal
  • Remove the aligners to eat, drink, and chew gum
  • Avoid smoking
  • Find a safe place for your aligners when you’re not wearing them
  • Clean your aligners with a cleaning kit or a toothbrush and paste

If you lose an aligner, call Smyl Manatee right away. 

Learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate by calling Smyl Manatee for an appointment or using the online scheduling feature today.

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AMAZING PEOPLE! I've never had such a wonderful experience from the minute I walked into the dentistry office until the very end of the visit! Really amazing people, each and every one of them! So polite, so funny, so helpful, and so thoroughly involved and thoroughly knowledgable in the care and utmost health of your teeth. Sending them 5 STARS! Go see this amazing dentist and his team, you won't be disappointed! 

Jan and Andy Olynyk

I had Invisalign done with Dr. Patel, and it was a perfect experience from beginning to end. HE is a perfectionist and was attentive and professional from the initial consultation through to post-treatment. I've had orthodontic work done before and it can be a confusing and daunting process, but Dr. Patel provided confident and reassuring guidance the whole way. 


I personally did not like going to a dentist until I met Dr. Nish. Smyl Manatee makes you feel welcome the second you walk in the door the entire staff is friendly. I will continue to tell everyone I know about the regular checkup & cleaning experience I had. Amazing doctor with an amazing team. 


I was always scared of going to the dentist with the dental anxiety I had until I visited Smyl Manatee. The doctor told me about sedation dentistry and how the crown & bridge work. From the initial consultation to the final delivery, I was guided thoroughly, and the procedure went smoother than I thought. Highly recommended, if you are looking to improve your smile. 


Dr. Patel and his team are amazing! They're professional, considerate, and make you feel at ease. I had an implant done a few years and now returning for two more. As much as I hate dental work, I'm at ease returning to Dr. Patel and his team. After my consultation, I left with a lot of information, answered questions, and excitement to fix my smile again. There's no one I trust more for my dental work!