What is Invisalign®?

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. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor, based on your specific needs but generally cases run from eight months to a year and a half.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces.” When people hear the word orthodontics they think of convention al braces or “railway” tracks. However, with Invisalign, we eliminate this type of appearance which allows the patient to engage in many social activities and most people will not even recognize that they’re wearing an appliance.

Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair.

Braces are more than the means to a stunning smile–they can improve dental health, Phonetics, appearance, potential sociability, occlusion (bite) problems, and function. Crowded or crooked teeth are harder to brush and floss, and improper cleaning can lead to tooth decay and other dental problems. Bite problems may occur when the upper and lower jaw don’t come together properly. Uncorrected bite problems can cause teeth to wear down, make for difficult chewing, and put stress on the jawbone, producing pain.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

What are the aligners made of, are they safe, and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.

What is the technology used to create the Aligners?

Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customized clear appliances, or aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

Invisalign has certain applications in orthodontic cases and case selection is extremely important in order to determine successful outcomes. Call or email us to book an initial consultation to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you.