What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced. Each “aligner” moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.
Once you decide to improve your smile, the rest is easy.
Getting started with treatment couldn’t be easier. The path to a more beautiful smile is simple and starts right here.
Step 1: Initial Visit
During the initial visit, we will evaluate, assess and discuss the course of treatment with you. We will take bite impressions of your teeth , X-rays and photos and will send these to our laboratory for processing.
Step 2: Invisalign® makes your aligners
Invisalign® uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform your bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners.
Step 3: You receive your clear aligners in a few weeks.
During your next visit to your orthodontist or dentist, you will receive your first set of clear aligners. Your doctor will most likely give you a few additional sets to wear before your next visit.
Step 4: You wear your aligners.
You’ll wear each set of clear aligners day and night for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Patients, on average, complete treatment in approximately a year. You’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist at regular intervals to check your progress.
Step 5: You’ve finished treatment!
Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each clear aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have straighter teeth and the beautiful smile you deserve.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
• Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
• Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment.
• You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
• Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
• Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start?so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
Worldwide, almost 480,000 patients have been treated with Invisalign. The number grows daily.
Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
While the system can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to use Invisalign.
How do aligners effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.