The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then, a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little.
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor based on your specific needs.
As with braces, it is common to have some temporary discomfort at the beginning of each new set of invisalign aligners. Typically, it is described as pressure or soreness, and a sign that the Invisalign trays are working and moving your teeth.
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and will be determined as we begin treatment planning your case. The average case is roughly about 10-12 months.
In order for the aligners to be effective, they must be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours each day.
Similar to other orthodontic appliances, the Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect some people’s speech. However, as your tongue and lips adjust to wearing aligners, any type of lisp should disappear.
No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment.
We will see you regularly every 4 to 6 weeks depending upon your treatment planning. During these visits, we will ensure that your teeth are ‘tracking’ according to your treatment plan.
Brushing your aligners with toothpaste and water each time you brush your teeth will ensure your aligners stay clean.
As with braces, a retainer at the end of treatment will ensure your teeth stay in their final position and avoid any type of relapse. Initially, your retainer will be worn for 4-6 months full time. Later, nighttime wear will maintain the alignment.