Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign® System combines the advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign® aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.
Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign® is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign® uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners – as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually week-by-week until the prescribed alignment is attained. Then you’ll be smiling like you never have before!
If you want to learn more about Invisalign® and how it works, please visit the Invisalign® Homepage.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign®. Invisalign® is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign® can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.
How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
Are there any restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. After you eat, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners prior to placing them back on.
Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?
There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
Can I chew gum?
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
Can I smoke with the aligners in?
We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke tends to discolor them.
How do I keep my aligners clean?
Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?
Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign® treatment is progressing as planned.
What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
Does Invisalign® work for kids?
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.