Invisalign is a teeth-straightening appliance that is nearly invisible when placed in the mouth and offers an excellent alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is worn to address minor misalignment issues and provides our patients with a straight, beautiful smile. Our doctors routinely use Invisalign to produce excellent results and give you a straight smile without placing metal brackets in your mouth that can make you self-conscious about your appearance.
Invisalign treatment is comprised of custom fit, clear plastic, removable aligners that gradually move teeth into their desired position. Using Invisalign versus traditional metal braces has many advantages. In addition to not having to wear metal brackets, our patients are able to remove Invisalign in order to maintain proper dental hygiene and when eating and drinking certain foods and beverages. However, in order to obtain the best results, patients are advised to wear Invisalign at least 20 hours a day or as recommended by our dentists.
Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign
In order to administer Invisalign, our dentists will first take a series of dental impressions to identify misalignment and project the best position of the teeth. The impressions are then used to create a 3D computer projection of how the teeth could be moved, and based on this, a series of Invisalign aligners are made at Align Technologies dental lab, the manufacturer of Invisalign.
After fabricating your custom Invisalign aligners, we will schedule an appointment to apply Invisalign. Here we will also make sure the aligners are comfortable and fit perfectly over your teeth. Each aligner must be worn in its specific order for about two weeks, during which time the teeth move in small increments into their desired position. New aligners are provided after that time and the process continues until desired results are obtained. Check-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.
The overall length of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient, depending on the degree of misalignment. Most misalignment issues can be addressed with Invisalign.