The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D 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 to move them. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth. This prevents the gum disease often seen in patients with traditional braces.
How Invisalign works
Q: What are the primary benefits of invisalign?
- Invisalign® is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Invisalign® is removable – you can eat and drink anything during treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Invisalign® is comfortable – there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation; no metal or wires also means you will spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
- Invisalign® is affordable – our fee is the same as conventional braces.
- Invisalign® allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start – this way you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Q:How does Invisalign work?
A: 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 “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.
Q:Does my insurance cover Invisalign braces?
A: Because dental insurance benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage by calling his or her insurance company. However, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign® should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Q:What do Invisalign aligners look like?
Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move the teeth. Some dentists refer to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
Q: How long do I need to wear my aligners?
A: Aligners should be worn all day, except when drinking, eating, brushing, and flossing.
Q: Will the treatment be painful?
A: Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a day or two at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that Invisalign® is working on sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.
Q: Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
A: No. Unlike traditional wires & brackets, you can eat whatever you desire while in treatment because you remove your Aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your Aligners in order to maintain proper hygiene.
Q: What happens if I lose my aligner?
A: All of our patients receive a carrying case so it is easier to keep track of your aligners, but if you do lose an aligner, it is not the end of the world. It is important that you contact us for advice as soon as possible so that we can determine the best course of action. In general, you will want to wear the previous aligner so that your teeth are held in place. There may be an additional cost for the replacement aligner.