What is the Invisalign® system?

invisalign--1Invisalign® is a non-invasive orthodontic system that doesn’t require metal bands or sharp wires. Instead, it relies on a series of clear aligners, smooth plastic trays that are worn in a specific sequence to help move teeth into better alignment.

What are the benefits of Invisalign® compared to metal braces?

There’s a reason why Invisalign® has become so popular in recent years; actually, there are several:

  • Invisalign® aligners can be removed for eating as well as for brushing and flossing, so you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions, and you can care for your teeth the same way you always have.
  • Because they’re made of smooth medical-grade plastic, there are no sharp metal edges or wires to irritate your lips or gums.
  • Invisalign® is completely customized to your mouth, so treatment can often be completed faster – typically in under two years.
  • And because the aligners are clear, they’re virtually undetectable while you’re wearing them.

How does Invisalign® work?

Invisalign® treatment starts with impressions which are sent to a lab where they’re scanned by a special computer system. The computer creates a series of three-dimensional models of your teeth, showing how they need to move to become straight. Using those models, your series of custom aligners are created just for you. About every two weeks during treatment, you’ll replace the aligner you’re wearing with the next one in the series to keep your teeth moving into place. You’ll have office visits every six weeks to monitor your progress.

Can Invisalign® be used for all types of alignment issues?

No, although Invisalign® has a wide variety of applications, it’s not the ideal choice for every alignment and occlusion issue. The best way to find out if Invisalign® is right for you is to schedule an exam and consultation so we can determine if Invisalign® is the best choice for you.