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Invisalign is a series of custom-fitted clear aligners that straighten you teeth without having to rely on metal wires or brackets.
Using our advanced 3D computer imaging technology, we are able to create a treatment plan for you based on your unique smile during the consultation process.
A series of customized clear aligners will be manufactured to fir your teeth precisely at each stage of your orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.
Your dentist will be able to determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
There are a number of factors which may impact the duration of your treatment, including the misalignment of your jaw or teeth, the amount of movement required to address your oral health problems and the shape of your bite.
The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.
Since Invisalign clear aligners don't require any adjustments or tightening, only needing you to switch form one set of aligners to the next every two weeks, your dentist will schedule a short appointment with you every month or so.
During these check-in appointments, your dentist will review your progress and general oral health, answer any questions you might have, and adjust your treatment.
The features of Invisalign include:
The cost of your Invisalign clear aligner treatment will depend on your specific case the duration of your treatment. The more severe the malocclusion, for example, the more aligners you will require to rectify to issue and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
You may find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your day-to-day life.
You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth. Because of this, with Invisalign, there aren't any dietary restrictions. You can continue to eat all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More and more adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.
Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment.
They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.
Most patients change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.
Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.
Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!
Invisalign aligners are removable so you can play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.
However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.
Yes! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.
Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.