Like glaciers and tectonic plates, teeth are slowly yet surely on the move as they attempt to turn their host’s mouth into frozen tundra and then rip it apart like a bite-size Pangaea. Defeat devious teeth with today’s Groupon: for $2,500, you get a complete Invisalign teeth-straightening treatment from Ann C. Banes, DDS, in Durham (a $4,800 value).
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. Dr. Ann Banes oversees a staff of dental experts trained in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. After passing through a warmly lit reception area, patients recline inside a yellow-walled treatment room as techs conduct an initial exam, which includes x-rays, photos, and impressions of their mouth terrain. The careful tooth testing paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. To learn more about the re-aligning process or the tooth fairy's preferred pillowcase designs, view some Invisalign FAQs here.
Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn during a period of 6–18 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw.
Old West Durham
811 Ninth St.
Durham, North Carolina 27705