Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. They are virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage may also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised.
Why Would I want it?
- Confidence— Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
- Oral Hygiene— With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily.
- Invisible—Your friends or colleagues will not notice your orthodontic treatment.
- Dietary Choices— With clear aligners, since they are removable you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment.
- Comfort— Invisalign is made of a soft, flexible material which will not irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.
Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions. Yet there are still situations for which braces would be better. We would be happy to discuss this in detail with you.
How does Invisalign work?
We first scan your teeth with the 3D digital scanner seen to the left. This is a digital impression for the highest degree of accuracy and uses no gooey impression material. Then we use specialized 3-D computer imaging software to help us design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. Invisalign works by applying controlled light forces as braces do. This movement will be broken down into stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned. We provide you with multiple sets of aligners at a time to limit the frequency of office visits.
Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You’ll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your beautiful new smile.