What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative treatment option to Metal and clear braces. Some people prefer Invisalign because it is a way to straighten your teeth and align your smile effectively, without the look and feel of traditional or even clear braces. This treatment is removable and is virtually invisible to others.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign straightens your teeth over time by using a series of clear aligners that are custom-fitted to your exact smile. Just like any orthodontic treatment, you’ll complete a free consultation to evaluate your smile and overall oral health to ensure that aligners are a good treatment option. Then, “before” photos and records are taken, as well as impressions of your teeth to create the custom aligners. Every few weeks or so, as scheduled with your orthodontist, you’ll pick up a new set of aligners to keep moving your teeth. During this time, your orthodontist will monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your aligners to make sure that they are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Once your treatment is done, your orthodontist will let you know if a retainer may be needed.
How long does treatment take?
Invisalign treatment can typically be completed in an average of 12-18 months. However, much like any form of orthodontic treatment, the treatment time will vary based on each person’s needs, and how long the aligners are worn each day. Optimal results occur when the aligners are worn for 20-22 hours per day, and are generally removed only for eating and during regular brushing and flossing. During your consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with an estimate for the length of treatment time.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is a great alternative to traditional braces. This treatment works in the same way as traditional Invisalign, with the knowledge that the teeth and jaw of teens are still developing and may move more quickly than that of an adult. Your child’s orthodontist will carefully monitor progress and adjust the timing and aligners as needed.
Are there any orthodontic issues that Invisalign can’t correct?
This treatment option can correct many of the same issues that traditional braces can, including overcrowding, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, cross-bite, and more. However, each person is different and the clear aligners may not be right for everyone. During your free consultation, your orthodontist will carefully review the diagnosis and treatment recommendations with you.