Invisalign straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. Clear braces like Invisalign use a series of custom clear plastic retainers to slowly push and pull your teeth into the proper position over time. Less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign can be easily taken on and off.
Traditional metal braces are not the only option when it comes to improving your smile. When undergoing treatment, there are no metal brackets or wire. Invisalign offers an effective and discreet solution to a misaligned smile.
What is Invisalign made from?
The clear retainers are made from BPA-free plastic, and are reportedly more comfortable than traditional braces. Getting the straight smile you always wanted is easy with Invisalign. The first step is a consultation with us to discuss your smile goals before you receive your Invisalign clear retainers.
Who can wear them?
Invisalign can be worn by both teenagers and adults. Closing gaps between teeth, treating overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and an overcrowded mouth is all something that Invisalign does. We can discuss whether Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you after an examination of X-rays of your teeth.
How does the Invisalign process work?
Examination, X-rays, and a 3D model of your teeth are all used to develop a personalized treatment plan for your Invisalign journey. How your teeth need to shift, and how long it will take all play into how your treatment plan will work. Your custom retainers are crafted at the Invisalign laboratory using the X-rays, 3D models, and pictures of your teeth. You can also see how Invisalign progressively corrects orthodontic issues using the 3D models of your teeth.
How Does Wearing Invisalign Work?
Firstly, we check the fit of your aligners in our office to check for any necessary adjustments. Aligners are taken out to eat, floss, and brush your teeth, but otherwise are kept in all day. They are removable, however the less time you wear them the longer the process will take.
Invisalign fits smoothly into a normal day and is easy to wear. Simply place the clear braces over the teeth once you receive your aligners. For the first part, your aligners may fit tightly as your teeth are pulled into place. Your first set of aligners are worn for two weeks before switching to the next set of aligners. After a few days, your teeth will gradually shift into their new position. After some time has passed, your aligners may start to feel more loose. Wear them for the entire two weeks, and don’t switch your aligners too early. Your gums and teeth need time to adjust to their new position. Interfering with the treatment plan can look like switching the aligners too early.
You will come into the office every six weeks to check your aligners and the progress of your treatment. If any adjustments need to be made to the aligners or your treatment plan, we will determine that at the checkup.
How does Invisalign feel?
Invisalign is comfortable and the aligners are easy to wear, making it a great investment. Some mild discomfort may appear as your teeth start to move into position, especially with your first set of aligners. The pressure of the new aligners will gradually fade over time. Please give us a call if you encounter any significant discomfort or pain. We will schedule an appointment with you to take a look at your teeth, gums, and aligners to ensure a proper fit.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment time is one year, but will vary based on the age and specific needs of each person. You will receive an estimated treatment time after your teeth are examined and digital images are captured.
Advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces
One great advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that they are clear, so most people will not realize you are wearing them. Due to advanced imaging technology, the movement of your teeth is more precise using Invisalign. Being able to remove the aligners to eat, brush your teeth and floss means it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t irritate the teeth or gums. Invisalign can also save time for busy people, because there are fewer checkups with Invisalign. Treatment time is often shorter, on top of this.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign is different for each patient, depending on the misalignment of your teeth and how long it would take to move your teeth into the correct position. We will let you know the details of your treatment plan and the cost after the examination, X-rays, and 3D models are executed.
What happens after Invisalign treatment is completed?
We recommend that you wear a retainer after any orthodontic treatment including Invisalign. Keeping your teeth in alignment is what a retainer is designed for. Your teeth can slowly start to shift back to their original position without one. You may need to temporarily wear aligners again to reposition your teeth if they start to shift. Based on your individual needs, we will determine which type of retainer is right for you.