Invisalign® is a modern way to correct orthodontic problem. It allows us to move the teeth and straighten them without the need to wear the traditional braces showing metal brackets and wires! Invisalign® can straighten your teeth using clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible so no one has to know you are wearing them. It is made of smooth plastic that is comfortable to wear. Unlike traditional braces, they are removable allowing you to brush and floss your teeth as usual with no food restrictions. Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of orthodontic problems including teeth that are widely gapped, overly crowded, or somewhere in between.
Invisalign® treatment begins with a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. We’ll start with photos, x-rays and a scan of your teeth to create a 3-dimensional image. Using these records, we can map out the exact movements of your teeth and create a virtual image for you of how your teeth will look. Based on your individualized plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are made specifically for you. The aligners are made of BPA-free clear plastic and fit easily over your teeth. They are smooth and comfortable to wear. You can remove them to clean your teeth and to eat and drink. About every two weeks you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, progressing you through to your treatment goals. To make sure things are going as planned, you will have a check-up appointments to monitor your progress.
How long do you have to wear the Invisalign®?
While each case is unique, depending on the treatment needed, Invisalign® usually takes approximately 6 months to two years for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces.
For the best results in the shortest amount of time, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually shift into place. Once you have achieved the beautiful smile you desire, we will fabricate you custom made retainers to keep your teeth looking nice.