The “Clear” Advantage of Invisalign Orthodontics

The best alternative to the hassles of metal braces.

Invisalign is ground-breaking technology that straightens teeth through a series of clear, virtually invisible, custom-molded aligners. Gone are the days of heavy metal implants and full head gear retainers. Invisalign aligners replace the wires and brackets of the past, making your orthodontic care nearly invisible to others around you. One of the best benefits of Invisalign is the ability to remove the aligners while you eat or brush your teeth.

How Long Does the Treatment Take For A Full Realignment?

The average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. During that time, you will change to a new set of aligners every two weeks. The movement of your teeth is subtle from aligner to aligner. Before you know it, you have developed a beautiful, healthy smile.

You can have the confidence you need while looking great at work, at school and with friends.

In both clinical research and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has proven effective to treat the following:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Shifting of teeth after braces
  • Gaps in teeth

Best of all, Invisalign helps improve your overall health, including:

  • Healthier gums
  • Easier cleanings
  • Improved chewing
  • Reduced risk of abnormal tooth wear
  • Improved speech
  • Greater sense of well-being

Invisalign Treatment Process

The first step is to meet with one of our dentists to examine your teeth, discuss your specific needs and goals and explain the course of treatment. We will decide whether Invisalign is appropriate for your case. If it is, images will be taken of your teeth and programmed into the Invisalign software. This program helps to map out your treatment based on your exact specifications. The information is then sent to the Invisalign laboratory that constructs your aligners.

You should receive your first set of upper and lower aligners within a few weeks. Our dentists will deliver the first set and check to ensure a good fit. We will give you instructions for wearing and cleaning the aligners. You should wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them to brush your teeth and eat. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth into the desired position and alignment.

A few weeks later, we will deliver your second set of aligners to replace the first set. We will check your teeth and monitor your progress. Altogether, you may wear 20 to 30 sets of aligners over the course of treatment.

Most patients finish Invisalign treatment within a year. When you have achieved the desired results, you may be fitted for a special retainer to help you maintain your newly improved smile long-term.

Compare the ease and comfort of Invisalign to that of traditional braces. Braces have metal wires and brackets that are cemented onto the teeth. Braces are clunky, conspicuous and uncomfortable; the wire components can scratch and irritate the inside of the mouth, and the wires need to be tightened every few weeks, which causes additional discomfort. Many patients with braces wear them up to two years to see results.

Advantages and Disadvantages

All dental treatment options, including Invisalign, have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. These should be carefully considered before moving forward with treatment.

Advantages:

Inconspicuous. The aligners are virtually undetectable in the mouth when speaking or smiling.

No food restrictions. Because the aligners are removable for eating, there are no dietary limitations. Traditional metal braces make it difficult to eat certain sticky or crunchy foods out of fear that the food will pull or break a wire or bracket.

Generally more comfortable than metal brackets and wires: With Invisalign, the clear aligners straighten teeth so there are no monthly visits to have the wires tightened.

Teeth are easier to clean. Teeth can be brushed and flossed normally because the aligners are removable. Traditional braces make it more difficult to clean the nooks and crannies between the teeth.

Disadvantages:

Not appropriate for every case. Invisalign doesn’t treat every dental problem, including serious orthodontic or jaw issues. Some patients are better served with traditional braces.

Requires discipline and compliance. Invisalign does require self-discipline and compliance to see results. For example, the aligners must be worn at least 20 hours a day to see results, cleaned regularly and protected from damage. Every few weeks, they must be replaced with the next set in the sequence. Patients that do not want to worry about complying with these guidelines are probably better suited to braces.

The Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign varies by patient, depending on factors such as the extent of treatment and number of aligners needed. Some insurance companies offer coverage, but it is best to check with your insurer first to verify coverage.

Learn More about Invisalign

Please call us to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you. Remember, with Invisalign, there’s nothing to hide.