Invisalign clear braces erase many of the concerns people have about orthodontic treatment.
There is no metal, no brackets, and no wire to worry about. Your teeth can be comfortably, beautifully, and precisely aligned—often in half the time of traditional braces. Whether you are a parent exploring orthodontic treatment for your teenager, or an adult who has put off treatment for years, Invisalign might be your answer.
What Is Invisalign?
Clear aligners are used to straighten your teeth and give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. The customized aligners are BPA-free plastic, and they are much more comfortable than traditional braces. Before you receive Invisalign, we’ll have a consultation with you to discuss your smile goals and let you know what you can expect with this treatment. Learn more at the Invisalign website here.
Who Can Wear These Clear Braces?
Teenagers and adults can wear Invisalign. The clear braces can be used to close gaps between teeth, and to treat overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and overcrowded teeth. An examination and x-rays of your teeth will help determine if it’s right for your case.
What’s the Process?
If Invisalign is right for your case, we’ll use the examination, along with x-rays and a 3-D model of your teeth to establish a treatment plan for you. The treatment plan determines how your teeth need to be moved and how long it will take to align them. The x-rays, 3-D model, and pictures of your teeth will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory where yourcustomized aligners will be made. The 3-D model will also let you see how Invisalign will progressively correct your teeth.
When we receive your first set of aligners, you will come to the office for us to check them for fit and make any adjustments necessary. You will wear the aligners all day, every day. Invisalign is removable, so when you eat or floss and brush your teeth, you’ll remove them.
It’s easy to wear Invisalign. Just place the clear braces over your teeth. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks. At first they will fit tightly because they are designed to gently and precisely move your teeth. After a few days, your teeth will gradually move to a new position. You will notice that your aligners will feel a little loose, but don’t switch them early. Wear them for the entire two weeks. This gives your teeth and gums time to adjust to the new position. If you switch them too early, it can interfere with your treatment plan.
Every six weeks or so, you will have an appointment in our office to check the aligners and the progress of your treatment. The checkups also help us determine if any adjustments need to be made to the aligners or your treatment plan.
Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional braces. Remember that your teeth are being shifted to a new position, so you can expect to feel some mild discomfort as they move. The pressure you will feel on your teeth when you first put on a new set of aligners will gradually go away in a few days. If you feel any significant discomfort or pain, give us a call. We’ll schedule an appointment with you to take a look at your teeth, gums, and aligners to ensure proper fit.
The average treatment time for adults is one year. Treatment time for teenagers varies. Each case is different, so after your teeth are examined and digital images are taken, you’ll receive an estimated treatment time.
- These are clear braces. Most people won’t notice you’re wearing them.
- The movement of your teeth is more precise than traditional braces.
- It’s easier to maintain good oral heal with Invisalign. You will remove the aligners when you eat, and when you brush and floss your teeth.
- They are much more comfortable than metal braces. They won’t irritate your teeth or gums.
- It saves you time. Unlike braces that require more frequent office visits to change the arch wire and make adjustments, you will have fewer checkup appointments. Treatment time is often shorter, too.
The cost of Invisalign depends on your case—the severity of the misalignment of your teeth and how long it will take to move them to the correct position. After your teeth and the x-rays and 3D model of them are examined, we will let you know the details of your treatment plan, as well as the cost.
After any orthodontic treatment, whether it’s Invisalign or some other treatment, most dentists recommend that you wear a retainer. A retainer is designed to keep your teeth in alignment. Without it, your teeth will gradually move back to their former position. If your teeth start to shift, you may need to temporarily wear aligners again to reposition your teeth. Your dentist will determine which type of aligner is right for your case.