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 $2,799, for you get a complete Invisalign orthodontic treatment from Dr. Brannon Reed, DDS, in Scottsdale (up to a $5,600 value).
Dr. Brannon Reed, formerly a dentist for the U.S. Army in West Berlin, calls misaligned teeth to attention using Invisalign. The Invisalign treatment straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces in favor of clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. Each treatment begins with an initial consultation, in which Dr. Reed conducts a 30-minute exam—including x-rays, photos, and impressions of the patient’s mouth terrain—that paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer; it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000, with an average treatment cost of about $5,000. 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 6–15 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Regular check-in sessions allow Dr. Reed to monitor mouth remodelings and advise patients of progress. Aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw.
Dr. Brannon Reed, DDS
Scheduling a dental exam after years without seeing a dentist can seem intimidating. That's why Dr. Brannon Reed promises to treat all new patients with extra TLC and never to begin with anxiety-inducing lectures. After passing the reception area's colorful metallic artwork and desk made of stone and marble, patients relax in treatment rooms that look out across the fairways of a golf course. As Dr. Reed and his staff provide cosmetic and general treatments—using only mercury-free fillings when needed—they can also entertain themselves with movies or watch as private jets descend toward the nearby airpark, skywriting reminders to floss daily.