What you Could Win from the Impressions Lottery

You’ve heard about the Impressions Lottery, right? We’re giving out envelopes with a mystery prize inside to a limited number of Impressions fans. The really exciting thing about our Lottery is that every single envelope has an amazing prize inside! Everyone wins! But not in a boring, participation trophy sort of way.

We’re giving away gift cards, speakers, and serious discounts on Impressions treatment. A few lucky winners will even get FREE treatment! Because we’re so excited about the prizes you could win, we wanted to share exactly what the possibilities are!

What do you hope to get in your Lottery envelope?

$300 to Sierra Nevada Brewery

Take all your friends to Sierra Nevada, your treat! Wether you go for food, a concert or an exclusive tour, everyone is sure to have a great time. Don’t forget to raid the gift shop!

$200 to Limones

Enjoy a fancy dinner date with someone special at Limones! Their fine Mexican and Californian inspired cuisine never disappoints!

FREE Impressions Treatment!

You could straighten your smile without even pulling out your wallet!

$200 Starbucks gift card

Incase you’re wondering, that’s about 40 Java Chip Frappuccinos or 80 cups of coffee 😉

$300 to the Salt Cave of Asheville

Experience the restorative energy of Asheville’s only salt cave, plus a therapeutic massage!

$200-500 off Impressions Treatment

What could you do with an extra $200-500? There are a lot of possibilities to choose from!

Bose Bluetooth Speaker

Enjoy your music anywhere – at home, at work, on the trail, wherever you are!

$200 Amazon gift card

Visualize your Amazon wishlist, right now. Bet you can think of a couple things to treat yourself with already!

Have you requested your Lottery envelope yet?

We still have some envelopes left, so hurry up and reserve yours now! You’ll get one large envelope to open up that contains some more lottery details, and a smaller envelope that you’ll bring unopened to your free Impressions consultation. When you start your smile journey, you’ll open the small envelope and win whatever is in there! Every envelope has one of the prizes above, so everyone wins big!

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What’s an Impressions Consultation Like?

For anyone in Asheville who is looking for an amazing way to straighten their teeth from the comfort of their own home, the answer is Impressions! Our invisible aligners are produced from the same high-quality material as Invisalign. If you’re thinking that this sounds like some of the other invisible aligner companies you’ve seen on TV, then please think again! Impressions offers a totally unique experience for our patients in Western North Carolina.

The other invisible aligner companies don’t do things like we do and that’s a good thing for you. Impressions invisible aligners are the perfect solution for busy professionals, bustling parents or young adults who would rather not have that first impression spoiled by a mouth full of metal brackets. No matter your reason for seeking that perfect smile, Impressions always starts with a specialized consultation.


Step 1) Determining Your Candidacy for Impressions

The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure that you are a viable candidate for Impressions invisible aligners. If you visit the homepage, you’ll see that there is a pre-screening form. If you are interested in Impressions, then this is a great first step to take. You’ll need to take some pics of your mouth (directions on the “Is It For Me” form) and provide some information about the problems you have with your smile. This information will be reviewed by an Impressions orthodontist to see if you are a viable candidate.

So what if you don’t use that form before visiting one of our ImpressionsHubs in Western North Carolina? One of our orthodontists will determine their candidacy right then and there. One important thing to note is that Impressions is not meant to serve as a replacement for someone who needs comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Impressions is a great fit for people who may have had braces at a younger age and have experienced some shifting in adulthood, or for people who have milder malocclusions that don’t require comprehensive treatment.

Remember that this Impressions consultation is complimentary!

Side Note: What’s the difference between Impressions and Invisalign?

There are a lot of options out there for orthodontic treatment, so what makes Impressions unique? Impressions is a limited treatment using actual Invisalign trays. That means that your smile is perfected by the same technology made famous by Invisalign but that the treatment itself is much shorter. This is because Impressions is used to address mild to moderate issues, perhaps with people who have had braces in the past, which is why we require each potential client to come in and see if they are a candidate during a complimentary consultation.

Step 2) 3D Scan of Your Teeth with the iTero Scanner

After the orthodontist determines your candidacy, a 3D scan of your teeth will be taken using our iTero Scanner. The scan will be taken by one of our awesome Impressions ortho assistants. You’ll actually be able to see the 3D model of your teeth being built in real time as the scan is done. It’s pretty cool and it takes less than 10 minutes!

SIDE NOTE: What if I have a missing tooth?

Just like we told Marni, having a missing tooth isn’t a problem. Our technology is able to be molded around the space so that the rest of your teeth are gently pushed into position. Later, an implant can be inserted into the gap so that you’re left with a flawless smile.

Step 3) Walking Through Your Scan

Once the 3D scan is complete, you and your doctor will look at the images and discuss what problems can be addressed. Impressions works just the same as Invisalign, meaning you need to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day to see real results. The easiest time is to wear them is while you sleep and throughout the day, only removing them to eat and brush/floss. This will all be discussed with you by your doctor, who will also lay out the expected length of treatment.

Perhaps you ended up needing more care than Impressions was able to tackle, but you only find out near the end of treatment. Any patient in need of comprehensive Invisalign treatment can apply the money they’ve already spent on Impressions to their Invisalign treatment.

SIDE NOTE: What if I accidentally throw away my aligners?

Replacement aligners are actually very easy to get. If you misplace or throw away a set of aligners, just get in contact with us—we’ll walk you through the steps to get a replacement set right away.

Step 4) Payment Plan

Impressions is eligible for coverage by your insurance if you have orthodontic insurance. We’re happy to provide a complimentary insurance check for all potential patients. If you don’t have insurance coverage, there are still plenty of ways to afford treatment. Our financing options are top notch, and our office will work with you to discuss the plan that works best. There is a down payment required, but you’ll learn all about that when you come in for your consultation.

Step 5) Your Trays Go in the Mail

After your trays have been manufactured by the folks at Invisalign, they’re sent to our office to be reviewed. We double check everything before packing your trays up in a box with a list of instructions and a complimentary tube of whitening and sending them on to you! You should receive them shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions or you’re unsure how to use the trays initially, sent up a quick virtual consultation! We’ll be happy to talk you through the treatment and explain everything to you in detail. From there, it’s just a matter of time until you’ve got a smile you’ve always wanted.

Smile Local with BRO & Impressions

Everyone knows that Asheville is a very special place. But, did you know that Asheville was ranked second in Yelp’s survey of best US cities to shop local? Yep! We’re not too surprised, because we appreciate our fellow local businesses daily. From our morning coffee to our favorite retailers, even our grocery stores, Asheville has so many local options to choose from. What other city enjoys so many thriving and innovative local businesses?

In fact, the area around Asheville has a diverse selection of local businesses also! It seems like the local mindset is spreading throughout nearby towns. As fellow business owners and community members, we feel so lucky to be part of this movement towards supporting each other and the environment.

On the small scale, buying a cup of coffee from your local shop instead of Starbucks doesn’t seem like a big deal. But, it actually is! It’s estimated by economists that “locally owned businesses circulate three times more money back into the local economy than chain stores.” Plus, it’s not just your one cup of coffee. By recommending that shop to your friends and family, you’re helping that business gain recognition and sending more customers their way. And, don’t forget about the environmental impact of sourcing products from a local area instead of shipping them across the country or flying them from overseas! Supporting local businesses is a very impactful and rewarding choice.

To take it a step even further, Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics created our own Smile Local movement. Smile Local is about supporting local businesses with intention and about nurturing the collaborative spirit in our local community. We hope our colleagues and customers will join us in this celebration!

Let us know why living and shopping local makes you smile at #smilelocal! We’re also sending out FREE Smile Local magnets. Want a magnet? Sign up below and we’ll mail you one! We’ll be giving away prizes soon for people who spot our magnets around town.

Get Your Free Smile Local Magnet

Here are some of our favorite local businesses. Please share your favorites with us so we can add them to the list!

Asheville Smile Local Businesses

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Hopey & Co. Grocery
We love the local produce, diverse options and amazing prices at Hopey!
Beehive Coffee Bar
The Beehive has delicious coffee and fresh baked goods! The adorable decor also makes it a great date spot.
Bada Bastu
Bada Bastu is a Nordic Style bathouse with saunas, cold plunges and massages. Locals get a discount. Definitely a must visit!
Second Gear
At Second Gear, you can find almost any type of outdoor gear at a great discount.

Hendersonville Smile Local Businesses

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Flat Rock Cinema
A locally owned movie theatre with great food and drinks!
Hendersonville Community Co-Op
The Beehive has delicious coffee and fresh baked goods! The adorable decor also makes it a great date spot.
Crate Wine Market
Diverse wine market with a unique Project Space showcasing varied local and international art!

Brevard Smile Local Businesses

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Blue Ridge Bakery
Blue Ridge Bakery has delicious cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, and lunch! We love their custom orders also.
Local Color
This local shop has so many handcrafted and unique products. We always love stopping by, and never know what we’ll find!
The Hub
You can buy a bike, rent a bike, and drink a beer, all right here! There are also food trucks nearby, and the shop is super close to Pisgah.

My Impressions Journey – A Guest Post by Briana Autran

Hi guys! I have been on a journey for a few months straightening my teeth with Impressions’s clear aligners. I have been so extremely happy with my experience that I wanted to share a little about it. I’m an Asheville based wedding photographer who has a serious itch for travel. Smiles are a big part of my job. I’d been curious about how I could straighten my smile without wearing metal braces and without having constant appointments in one location. I’ve just returned from a two month trip in Asia, and let me tell you, Impressions has made both those things possible!

I never had braces as a kid, simply because my parents couldn’t afford it. But, I saw my friends with braces and watched them struggle to take care of them. I listened to them when they complained that the whole experience was painful and annoying. So, having less than perfect teeth actually never bothered me growing up. I didn’t have any desire to be a part of the metal mouth club.

As I got older, I started becoming more aware of the situation I had going on inside my mouth. I was not super happy with my smile or showing my teeth in photographs. I was dealing with a major overbite, some crooked bottom teeth, and my two front teeth were pushed really far forward. I hated seeing photographs of myself and avoided pictures all together.

In my early twenties, after having my own income for a few years, I decided I wanted to do something about my crooked teeth. I made an appointment with an orthodontics office in my hometown in Bay City, Michigan. I did not have the greatest experience with them. I was told that with the way my teeth were, if I wanted to straighten them out my entire midline would have to shift leaving me with an uncentered midline. An uncentered midline did not sit well with me. If I was going to commit to something like this and pay for it myself, I wanted my teeth to be perfect. I left the orthodontics that day feeling uncomfortable and defeated.

The price was also not very affordable for me at that time in my life and the amount of appointments I would have to make during the treatment didn’t work with my busy schedule and all the traveling I was doing for my business.

I decided to opt out of straightening my teeth in Michigan and chose to deal with hiding my smile from people. I spent many years doing this, smiling with my mouth closed, immediately deleting pictures that caught me with my mouth wide open and belly laughing.

Fast forward to being 29 years old. I own my own wedding photography business. My career is based around documenting people smiling. I encourage my clients to let loose and be themselves; laugh hard. It is hard to ask someone I barely know to smile when I myself have struggled with it most of my life. In addition to that, I am constantly meeting new people and new clients. I was not feeling very confident with fully smiling and showing my teeth during meetings or photoshoots. Hiding my teeth was always something that, over time, became natural, like walking or breathing. It is very, very exhausting to have to deal with something so intimate as hiding your smile on a regular basis. I decided to look into doing something about it, yet again.

I heard about @impressionsmile through one of my friends and decided to make the call to see what my options were. I had to go in for my first appointment in the beginning of the new year and to be honest, I was a little nervous to start the whole process over again or to hear that I wasn’t ever going to be able to have a pretty smile. I first set up a consultation appointment online, to be sure I was a good candidate for Impressions. I mentioned my orthodontics experience a few years back to Dr. Roberts and told him my fear of an uncentered midline. He told me this would not be the case and I would be a great candidate for their Impressions treatment program and that my midline would in fact be centered. Hearing this news was a weight lifted off my shoulders. When I went in for my appointment, right when I arrived I was greeted by a really warm and welcoming staff. I immediately felt really comfortable and excited to start this straight teeth journey.

During my appointment, my teeth were scanned with an awesome 3D scanner; no more goopy impressions that taste horrible. This scanning process was very simple and only took a few minutes. I felt as if I had been in the orthodontics office for all of twenty or thirty minutes. It was an absolute breeze.

A few weeks after my appointment, my treatment trays were shipped to my house in a cute, little box. Inside the box, there was a really helpful guide explaining what to do and some tips to take care of your Impressions trays. I felt like the package was very thoughtful. Each tray is labeled in the order of use, and I got all 27 of them delivered right to my door. I was excited about getting all of them at once because I was planning an extended backpacking trip to Asia  and knew I would not be able to keep up with going into the office for appointments to get new trays.

After a few weeks into using my trays, I was already beginning to notice some big differences in my teeth.

When I was packing my things to go on my recent trip to Asia, I had to be really mindful about what I brought with me. My pack had to be light and comfortable, yet hold everything I would need for two months abroad. The trays packed nicely and lightly into my backpack. I was really happy about that, as it was one less thing to worry about. During the trip we were constantly moving around from place to place, and I found that it was super easy to switch out trays and keep up with my treatment on the go.

I am now almost seven months into the treatment, and my friends are noticing my much straighter teeth. I have never really been a person who takes many selfies or photos smiling but let me tell you, I am becoming that person with no shame! I can’t even begin to tell you how much more confidence I have when I am smiling and meeting new people. I am only halfway done with my treatment and I have gained all this extra self love so fast. It feels so very good!

Oh and you should know that the trays are also so very comfortable to wear for 22 hours a day and I have found that nobody really notices that I have them in. I was worried about people seeing them or my teeth looking like they were covered in plastic. This was absolutely not the case. It is also so easy to discreetly take them in and out on dinner dates with my partner or when grabbing coffee with a client.

If you are thinking about straightening your teeth, I highly recommend the lovely staff at Blue Ridge Orthodontics and their entire Impressions Smile program. It has been an entirely wonderful experience from start to finish!

An Inside Look at Impressions’ VIP Self-Care Experience

Picture yourself driving down the road. Your windows are down and your favorite song is playing on the radio. You feel the wind rushing through your hair and the sun beating down. As you pull into the parking lot, you feel excited. Today is your Impressions consultation. As you walk in (and flash your VIP card), the receptionist greets you by name and hands you a gift bag.

You lean back in your chair to get your 3D scan, and the doctor shows you a preview of what your new smile will look like after Impressions. In only nine months, you’ll finally have a perfectly straight smile! And, Impressions comes with a free whitening treatment too! As a VIP, you even get a $300 gift card to the Spa at the Omni Grove Park for signing up. You can’t wait to visit Omni Grove for a luxurious spa day. After all the long nights of work, a spa day is so needed! With a jam-packed schedule, we know it can be difficult to schedule that self-care time.

Investing in Self-Care with Impressions

You know that feeling you get when you walk into the room and people take immediate notice? When your confidence and appearance radiate to those around you? That’s what it feels like to be an Impressions VIP.

Even though self-care helps us feel so much more confident and grounded, it can be easy to neglect. We get that! That’s why Impressions is the ultimate solution to straighten your smile and sky-rocket your self confidence. As our VIP, it’s time to reward yourself! With our doctor-driven at home treatment, Impressions gives you the best of both worlds – professional care, but on your schedule. Plus, less time spent at appointments also means more money to spend on what you want!

How to Become an Impressions VIP

To become a VIP, you have to be in the right place at the right time! We’ll be stashing our invitations at some of our favorite local businesses and events around Asheville. Keep your eyes peeled for Impressions around the community, and join our VIP tribe!

Woman learning about how she can straighten her teeth without braces at home

6 Surprising Ways To Straighten Teeth Without Braces

You want the perfect smile, but you are not thrilled about the prospect of having to wear braces as an adult for 18 months or more. Studies have shown that around 70% of the US population are in need of some form of orthodontic treatment. That being said, braces are expensive and they can make you feel very self-conscious.

If you’re seeking an alternative to braces, there are several options available to adults in North Carolina.

Incognito Hidden Braces

Got to love that name right? Yes, these are technically still braces, but people won’t be able to tell that you have them in your mouth. that’s because incognito hidden braces are attached to the back side of the teeth. this keeps them completely hidden when you’re smiling or talking to someone. if you ask an orthodontist, then they may call these lingual braces. You would need to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist and please note that lingual braces are customized for each patient’s mouth.

If you are self-conscious about the prospect of wearing traditional metal braces, an incognito hidden braces are legitimate option to consider. however, lingual braces tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces in North Carolina. If that’s a concern, then you may want to consider one of these other alternatives to braces.


Most people would receive a retainer after you completed treatment with traditional metal braces. However, adults who only need minimum teeth correction may be able to achieve those desired results with a retainer alone. As far as aesthetics go, an Essix retainer is transparent and fits over the entire arch of the mouth. This makes it much less noticeable than traditional braces. this type of orthodontic appliance is also significantly less expensive than braces.

This may sound like an appealing option if you are seeking an alternative to braces, but remember we said this may work only if minimum teeth correction is required. The reality is that the number of use cases where this approach would be viable are extremely limited. If you truly want to straighten your teeth without braces, then you should consider a different alternative.


This type of orthodontic appliance was traditionally used to correct extreme overbites. Headgear puts pressure on the upper teeth in jaw. Depending on what’s needed, the headgear will either be used to hold teeth in a particular position or to move them into proper alignment. Since headgear can be removed, it must be worn for a specific number of hours each day in order to achieve the desired results. Your orthodontist would provide specific instructions about this.

Headgear may be a viable way to straighten teeth without braces, but we haven’t talked to too many adults in Asheville that are excited about this alternative. We’d be lying if we said that wearing headgear would be less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Let’s continue to look at some other viable alternatives.

Dental Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry also offers another alternative for correcting one’s smile without the need for braces. Specifically were talking about porcelain veneers or dental bonding. if you don’t want braces, then these are a viable option to consider in North Carolina. Veneers are thin, hard shells of porcelain that are bonded permanently to the front of a tooth. You could use them to correct teeth that are crooked, discolored, misaligned, chipped or have spacing issues. Dental veneers are very strong and very resistant to staining.

If you’re looking for an alternative to braces that will provide results in a short amount of time, dental veneers are a viable option. That being said, they are pretty extreme and here’s why. First, veneers are permanent. A dentist will remove the surface enamel in order to attach the veneer to the tooth. It’s an irreversible procedure and veneers will need to be replaced every five to 10 years. We would still recommend looking into a different option if you want to straighten your teeth without braces.


Here’s a very popular option for adults who are in need of orthodontic treatment in North Carolina. If you are not familiar with Invisalign, these are clear plastic retainers that are used to straighten teeth without braces. They are custom made for the patient and work relatively quickly compared to traditional forms of orthodontic treatment. Also, Invisalign is essentially invisible and people won’t even know that you’re wearing them.

For Invisalign, your dentist or orthodontist will take a 3D map of your mouth at the beginning of your treatment. Then a series of aligners will be created based on the 3D map. Aligners are worn for approximately 20 to 22 hours per day and can be removed to eat and brush teeth. Aligners are switched out every two weeks for the next aligner in your series. It is this process that gently moves the teeth into correct alignment.

Invisalign is obviously a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a way to straighten your teeth without braces. They are so discreet that your friends won’t be able to tell you’re wearing them while you speak, laugh or smile. However, this form of orthodontic treatment still requires occasional checkups at the orthodontist and Invisalign can be even more expensive than traditional braces.

So let’s look at one more way you can straighten teeth without braces.

Impressions Invisible Aligners

Impressions are an at home alternative to traditional metal braces that were developed by Dr. Roberts from Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville. As a diamond level Invisalign provider, Dr. Roberts wanted to develop a way to provide affordable orthodontic care to more adults in North Carolina. With impressions, you can now straighten your teeth at home for half the cost of traditional metal braces. Patients also complete treatment in average of 6 to 9 months.

To start treatment you are still going to come into the Impressions Hub in order to get a 3D scan of your teeth for your aligner trays. After that, your impressions kit will be delivered to your door. Our aligners are produced with the same high-quality material that is used in Invisalign and they are also much easier to clean than traditional metal braces.

If you want to straighten teeth without braces in North Carolina, look no further than impressions. You will get all the convenience of at-home orthodontic care with the peace of mind that you have a real orthodontist available to you throughout the course of your treatment. We accept most insurance providers and we are currently offering extended payment plans. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for Impressions invisible aligners, then you can use our easy online form right now.

ImpressionsHub at Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville

Visiting the ImpressionsHub – What to Expect

It’s never been easier to fix lingering orthodontic issues and achieve the smile of your dreams. Thanks to new technology, the process of perfecting your teeth can take place mostly from the comfort of your own home. This is the case with purveyors of the teledentistry model, like Impressions, which has plenty of advantages over traditional metal braces in terms of convenience and comfort.

Our at-home aligners are just that: they are delivered to your house where you wear and replace them for a number of months as your teeth shift into their proper place. What sets Impressions apart from other at-home aligners is our ImpressionsHubs, or the individual locations scattered throughout the country where patients go to get started. So what can you expect when you visit a hub?

Complete Our Online Form to Request an Appointment

Before you even make an appointment to get to the nearest ImpressionsHub, you’ll need to complete our form online to find out if you are a candidate. This allows us to review your information and make a decision about whether or not Impressions is the right style of treatment for you.

Impressions is meant to treat mild to moderate issues like overbite, underbite, crowding and spacing. The typical period that a person uses Impressions aligners ranges from six to nine months. While Impressions can offer help to a lot of people, there are certain cases that we cannot fix. This includes things like severe orthodontic issues, which may be better suited using metal braces.

Get Started with a 3D Scan

Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll be able to set up an appointment to come in and get started at one of our ImpressionsHubs– currently located in Asheville and Hendersonville.

On the day of your scan, you will come in and meet with one of our orthodontic specialists. They are the people you can talk to about any questions you may have, including price, timeline, and lifestyle changes. While we always have specialists available to you over the phone or by email, this visit to the ImpressionsHub is the only in-person visit you’ll have to make before your treatment ends, so it’s a good time to pose any questions you have and discuss your concerns.

We chose to begin each treatment with a 3D digital iTero scan because of its accuracy and the complete picture its able to provide. When he developed Impressions, Dr. Luke Roberts wanted to be sure that every patient would receive the very best care. Patients are  can find out what your final smile will look like before you put in your first set of aligners. The scan usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, during which time the patient can sit back and relax.

What Happens After the Scan?

Once the scan is complete, you will be able to see a 3D representation of your teeth and discuss treatment with our orthodontic specialist. During this time, they will explain what you can expect while wearing at-home aligners and show you how the position of your teeth will develop over time.

This is a good time to talk to your specialist and ask any questions you may have. Because this is an at-home aligner service, you likely won’t see a doctor or specialist again until after your treatment has been completed. Take a moment ahead of time to think of some questions you might want to ask. Some questions that we are frequently asked include:

  • What are invisible aligners made of?
  • How do they straighten teeth?
  • How does the scanning technology work?
  • Who reviews my case?
  • How long does treatment typically last?
  • How often should I wear my aligners?
  • Will aligners make my teeth hurt?
  • What happens if I lose an aligner?
  • What happens once my treatment is complete?
  • Do I have to wear a retainer after I’ve completed treatment?
  • What comes in the Impressions Box delivered to my door?

All these questions and many more will be answered during your visit to one of our ImpressionsHubs, or you can find out more by checking out our blog. While at-home aligners don’t require you to come into the Hubs very often, you can always contact us online or over the phone to speak to one of our Impressions professionals.

Preparing for Your Visit

It’s very important that you complete one of our candidate forms before making an appointment, but there are also other steps you can take to prepare for your visit. Make sure that you have provided us with up-to-date contact information for you and your other healthcare providers, as well as an accurate medical history and insurance information. We will file your claim with your insurance providers to see how much they cover.

Your Visit, Broken Down Step by Step

  1. Fill out and complete a candidate form online – Find out if you qualify for Impressions as a form of orthodontic treatment
  2. Send accurate contact information, medical history, and insurance information to our offices before coming in
  3. Come into one of our ImpressionsHubs – Don’t forget to bring valid ID and your insurance card
  4. Get to know our staff and speak with one of our orthodontic specialists
  5. Sit down for a scan – This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes
  6. Go over the results with a specialist – You’ll find out how long treatment should take and what to expect while using invisible aligners
  7. Review the cost, your insurance, and payment options that are available to you

After that, it’s just a matter of going home and waiting for your Impressions Box to arrive in the mail. This process usually takes up to six weeks. What’s in the box? Well, it includes everything you’ll need to stay on top of your treatment plan, and a little something extra as well (psst…it’s a free whitening gel!)

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Impressions at-home aligners or fill out the candidate form on our website to get started.

Impressions invisible aligners trays on table in Asheville

Impressions Vs Other At-Home Invisible Aligners

If you haven’t heard about Impressions invisible aligners, they are a new and discreet way to straighten your teeth at home. Unlike traditional metal braces, these invisible aligners are made from medical grade plastic material that is molded after a 3D digitized scan is taken of your teeth.

Your Impressions invisible aligners will arrive at your door about 6 weeks after your initial consultation and 3D scan. In fact, your Impressions box will contain not only your set of aligners, but also everything else you’ll need to stay on track with your personalized treatment plan. Most patients complete their treatment within 6 months.

If you are an adult that needs orthodontic treatment in 2019, you have quite a few options available to you. We just wanted to show you how Impressions compares to traditional metal braces and other at-home invisible aligners.

Impressions Vs Traditional Metal Braces

Let’s be honest, no one wants to have a mouth full of metal as an adult. It’s tough not to be a little self-conscious if you’re going into that all-important interview or on that first date. This is why advancements like Invisalign made such a big difference for adult orthodontics. This technology made it so that you could straighten your teeth in a much more discreet fashion.

First, we do need to state that for more complex orthodontic issues, traditional braces may be required. Luckily, our Impressions aligners can be used to treat the majority of orthodontic issues that adults face.

There are several distinct advantages that invisible aligners like Impressions have over traditional braces, including:

  • Most people won’t even know that you’re wearing invisible aligners when you’re talking to them.
  • Invisible aligners are much more convenient than traditional braces due to the fact that they can be removed when you want to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
  • At home invisible aligners like impressions require much fewer in office visits to complete your treatment.
  • Invisible aligners are also much easier to clean than traditional metal braces.
  • Impressions aligners cost half as much as traditional braces for adults.

Impressions Vs Other At-Home Invisible Aligners

Deciding between invisible aligners and metal braces is a pretty easy one if you qualify. However, there are several different at-home invisible aligner providers. Choosing the right one can be difficult. If you live in North Carolina, you should consider Impressions and here’s why!

Infographic showing how Impressions differs from other at-home invisible aligners

Why We Start with a 3D Scan Every Time

Other invisible aligner companies offer at-home kits that you can use to take that first impression of your teeth. Unfortunately, we’ve found that these kits often lead to bad first impressions and a delayed start to your treatment. Since Impressions was created by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist, starting with an accurate scan of the teeth was extremely important.

Those at home impression kits seem like a great idea at first, but there are many ways that things can go wrong. Here are four of the main issues people seem to have with these at-home impressions kits:

  • The trays you receive may not be the right size, meaning that you’ll have to send them back and wait even longer to start your treatment.
  • The process you must follow in order to mix the putty may not go as planned. Since this kit comes with two types of putty, it must be completely mixed together and then molded into the tray. Once you start mixing the putties, they start to harden. So you have about one minute to properly mix the putty, place it in the tray and then into your mouth in order to get a proper impression. When done at home, there are only so many ways that this can go wrong.
  • So you managed to get through that entire process without any issues, but now it comes to actually getting a perfect impression from your tray. If for some reason you are able to keep the tray steady during this process, you can end up with a double imprint of your teeth and gums or a distortion of the shape and length of your teeth.
  • If you’re able to take an at-home impression without any issues, this entire process needs to be repeated at least three more times without error.

With Impressions, we can deliver 100% percent accuracy each time, because we always start treatment with a 3D iTero of your teeth! It’s quick, painless and carried out by a trained professional. The scan also doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth like the putty from the at-home impressions kits do.

After your 3-D scan, you’ll also get to see what your teeth will look like after treatment BEFORE YOU EVER GET STARTED or pay for anything. Everyone loves a good before and after! Other at-home aligner companies don’t offer this.

Our Invisible Aligners Are Produced With Higher Quality Material

In order to save money, other at home invisible aligner companies have chosen to use cheaper material in order to produce their aligners. Obviously, this isn’t something that they would advertise but the results can be quite shocking…

Damaged invisible aligners

Impressions aligners use the same high-quality material that Invisalign uses. It means our trays are more durable and will not smash like some of “the other guys.” With lower quality trays, you run the risk of experiencing complications that can extend the length of your treatment.

Impressions Connects You With a Real Orthodontist

Impressions was created by Dr. Luke Roberts, the award-winning orthodontist behind Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Western North Carolina. He developed Impressions with a singular goal, to bring affordable orthodontic care to more people in North Carolina. Studies have shown that most Americans would benefit from some kind of Orthodontic Care, but only a relatively small percentage can actually afford it.

If you choose Impressions invisible aligners, then you will be connected with an actual orthodontist. You will get to meet him or her at your first appointment and they will develop a customized treatment plan for your smile. You don’t need to feel like they’re going through this treatment on your own. While you were still able to enjoy all of the added convenience of at home teeth straightening, you can reach out to one of our orthodontist with questions or concerns at any point.

For those who go with some of those other providers, they may not have orthodontist that they can reach out to if they have questions. Instead you will likely be directed to a customer service number for any questions or concerns.

Yes convenience is important, but who are you going to feel more confident with when it comes to correcting your smile? An orthodontist you can meet in person or a customer support representative?

Impressions Accounts For Your Bite & Overall Health

Other at-home invisible aligners are solely focused on straightening your teeth. At Impressions, our doctors are not only concerned with straightening your teeth, but we also want to achieve the best results without impacting your bite or long-term oral health. This is something that can only be guaranteed by having a real orthodontist sit down with you and examine your teeth and mouth before starting treatment.

With other providers, this isn’t always the case and that can lead to some significant issues in the long run.


It’s great that in 2019, adults who need orthodontic care have so many options available to them. If you are considering Impressions invisible aligners, here are a few more things that you may also want to know.

  • We accept most insurance providers for Impressions treatment.
  • Impressions offers an extended payment plan as well.
  • The ImpressionsHubs are located in real orthodontic clinics, not in a tent, a bus, a mall or a pop-up shop.
  • Walk in consultations are available to you with Impressions, most other companies don’t have an office to walk into, and when they do, it’s by appt.
  • You can upgrade to comprehensive Invisalign if desired thanks to the fact that Impressions is run by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist.

How To Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces

A crooked smile or crowded teeth can make a person feel very self-conscience. That lack of self esteem can affect their personal relationships and even their performance at work. Sadly, some may even stop smiling.

If you have been considering traditional braces to correct your smile, you may not be too keen on having a mouth full of metal for 18 months. We get it, but fortunately you can now straighten your teeth without braces. For people living in Western North Carolina, it now easier and more affordable to get the gorgeous smile of their dreams. Impressions are at-home invisible aligners that are totally different from braces.

Braces Aren’t Your Only Option Anymore

In the last few decades, dental and orthodontic procedures have evolved, meaning that braces, while necessary for some, are no longer the gold standard for orthodontic correction. It all comes down to the necessary level of treatment that you need as an individual, and that level can be determined by visiting a trained orthodontist. Impressions was created by the Orthodontist behind Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville.

The usage of braces to straighten teeth can be traced all the way back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Then Invisalign changed the orthodontic game in 2005. With invisible aligners, teenagers and adults had a much more appealing option when it came to orthodontic treatment. They needed to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day, but the aligners could be taken out in order to eat or drink.

Now with Impressions at-home aligners, you get the benefits of Invisalign for a fraction of the cost and even fewer in-office visits! 

How Impressions Works to Straighten Your Teeth at Home

First, you need to schedule an appointment at one of our ImpressionsHubs. Currently, we are located in Asheville and Hendersonville, but stay tuned for new locations in the near future.



During this appointment, you’ll receive a free consultation to see if Impressions is right for you. Our orthodontist will examine your teeth and noting if you suffer from one of the issues that Impressions is capable of fixing, including:

  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Spacing issues

If you do qualify for Impressions aligners, a digital scan is completed that very same day using the iTero 3D Digital Scanner, the same technology used by Invisalign.

Impressions patient reviews her payment options at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville

With the 3D digital scan in hand, Impressions orthodontists will go about producing a plan of treatment for the patient. This plan is shared with the patient and each step gone over in detail so that they understand what is required of them and what must be done to achieve the smile of their dreams. Next, a series of invisible aligners will be produced and shipped out to the patient’s own front door in a matter of weeks.

Straightening Your Teeth At Home Without Braces

Compared to braces, there are some specific things to keep in mind with these at-home invisible aligners. First, remember that this treatment will not produce the results you want unless you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day. You’ll also need to monitor your diet and keep your Impressions aligners clean.

Your Impressions kit will contain all the different sets of aligners that you’ll be wearing over the course of your treatment. Each set is usually worn for two weeks at a time. If one of your sets is lost or damaged, please contact us for a replacement right away! Give us a call at (844) 846-8836.

Your kit also comes with a free whitening gel, because we know that having straight teeth is really only half the battle. Here are a couple of other things you should know before you get your at-home aligners.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you get in your Impressions box!

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Important Details About Impressions Invisible Aligners

So, with all that in mind, let’s discuss the cost of treatment. Invisalign usually costs around $6,800, with insurance able to cover only $500-$1,000. Impressions costs half as much and your insurance will still cover the same amount.

Another great part? Impressions treatment is completed in six to nine months on average. That means that you will have a lot more time to enjoy life and eat/drink whatever you want whenever you want than is possible with either braces or Invisalign. Invisible aligners may not be for everyone, but for many adults in Western North Carolina, it’s an amazing option!


Many alternatives to traditional braces exist, and it’s up to a person’s preference and the advice of their doctor to decide what kind of treatment is right for them. Some people may find that braces are the best option and that, even though they are unsightly, the period of time that they need said braces will go by rather quickly. Others, however, may discover the many benefits that come from using invisible aligners, especially those that can be shipped to your front door and used from the comfort of your bed or couch.

If you are interested in learning more about invisible aligners, head to our website and take a look around. For those interested in scheduling a free consultation, contact us to request an appointment.

You can also use our online form to see if you’re a candidate for Impressions invisible aligners first:

Shopping with Flash Friday gift cards in Asheville, NC

Flash Friday Giveaways this February

This month, the Impressions team is doing something special! We’re partnering with some of our favorite local businesses in Asheville in order to giveaway one gift card to a lucky recipient each Friday. Stay tuned to learn more about our next February Flash Friday giveaway!

Supporting Local Businesses in Asheville

Impressions invisible aligners was started right here in Asheville, NC. We may be biased, but we believe that Asheville is one of the most special cities in America and we’re fortunate to have such an incredible selection of local businesses here.

Part of the inspiration for our Flash Friday giveaway is that we like to support local businesses in Asheville. If we can introduce some Ashevillians to their new favorite biscuit place or make their Valentine’s Day that much more special, we’ll be very happy!

Want to Win the Next Flash Friday Giveaway?

So you want to know how you can throw your hat into the ring for the next Flash Friday giveaway this February? That’s great and it is really easy to enter!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Follow Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics on Facebook
  2. Leave a comment tagging 3 of your closest friends or family members
  3. Stay tuned for us to announce the winner each week

If you’re a lucky winner, you’ll be hearing from us and we will send you your gift card. It’s easy and you’ll get to enjoy a fun experience at one of Asheville’s favorite spots!

What Was The First February Flash Friday Giveaway?

Are you a fan of a good southern style biscuit? So are we! That’s why we felt a gift card to Biscuit Head would be the perfect prize to kick off our February Flash Friday giveaways.

Haven’t Been to Biscuit Head in Asheville Yet?

This restaurant is helmed by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Jason Roy, has become quite popular here in Asheville thanks to their inventive take on classic Southern home cooking. Since they opened the original Biscuit Head in America’s happiest city, they have been a popular spot, especially if you are a fan of biscuits and gravy!

Biscuit Head has always made it a point to keep things local, just look at their list of vendors. So they really were an easy choice when it came to launching our first February Flash Friday giveaway!

Valentine’s Day Flash Friday Giveaway

Obviously with the most romantic holiday of the year right around the corner, our second Flash Friday giveaway was going to have to be special! We partnered with the special and truly delectable French Broad Chocolates in Asheville.

Haven’t Been to French Broad Chocolates Yet?

Taken from their own unique manifesto, the masterminds behind French Broad Chocolates strive to make the most awesome chocolate with the very best ingredients that are locally sourced with integrity, handcrafted with love, and humbly served. It’s this passion and unwillingness to compromise that yield such pure, beautiful and delicious chocolate treats!

From its inception, French Broad Chocolates has been committed to sustainability and they have done an incredible job. They are keen on supporting the local community here in Asheville and it’s something that has made an impact on the Impressions team.

For Valentine’s Day this year, we gave away two gift cards, one for French Broad Chocolates and one for Shine in Hendersonville. That’s a very romantic dinner and dessert in Western North Carolina on us!


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You’re going to LOVE this #flashfriday giveaway!!! ————————— It’s almost Valentine’s Day 🌹 🍫 and we’re giving away two gift cards to help you really kill it! Today’s winner will get a gift card to @frenchbroadchocolate PLUS a gift card to @shinehvl. Dinner and dessert, on us!! ———————— To enter, all you have to do is follow @impressionsmile and @bro_smiles, and tag three friends in the comments. At the end of the day, we’ll pick a winner, and we’ll send you your gift cards! It’s that easy! ———————————————– #flashfridaygiveaway #februaryflashfridays #february #valentines #almostvday #vday #love #loveisintheair #engagementphotos #frenchbroadchocolates #frenchbroadchocolatelounge #chocolate #oysters #dinnerout #datenight #shinehvl #asheville #wnc #acl #ashevillebusiness #828business #the828 #828isgreat #828forlife

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Remember that we still have two more Flash Friday giveaways to go, so please stay tuned for more! We will update this post with future winners and prizes. If you want to enter, all you have to do is follow Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics, and tag three friends in the comments. At the end of the day, we’ll pick a winner, and we’ll send you your gift cards! It’s that easy!