Invisalign®

What is it?

Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. Meant to correct problems like overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowding, and unevenly spaced teeth, Invisalign® uses a series of removable, plastic aligners to gently shift teeth into place.

Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

How does it work?

The process starts with an examination and impressions of your teeth and bite. An advanced 3D computer imaging system will design a treatment plan as well as a series of aligners for you to wear during treatment. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. You should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case. We can provide more information and answer your questions about the Invisalign® clear braces technique when you visit our practice. For more information on Invisalign, you can also visit the Invisalign website.

Benefits to Invisalign®

Many patients opt for treatment with Invisalign® because:
▸ The aligners are virtually invisible. Most people won’t be able to tell that you are even wearing them!
▸ Your aligners are custom-created specifically for your teeth and bite, so you can achieve maximum results in a short amount of time.
▸ Treatment is convenient, since you can remove the aligners at any time. Although the orthodontists don’t recommend leaving your aligners out for too long, removing them for meals, cleaning, and special occasions is not a problem.
▸ Since they are removable, it’s easy for patients to thoroughly brush and floss, which is crucial to preventing cavities and gum disease.
▸ The length of treatment is significantly shorter than that of traditional metal braces. Some of our Invisalign® patients achieve their desired results after only six months – although this is not typical for everyone.