Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign is an effective alternative to traditional braces, and involve a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Using Invisalign for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is used as an alternative to traditional braces, and is designed to help guide teeth into proper position. Just like braces, Invisalign uses gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been fabricated to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses you switch aligners. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change.

Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and you'll change to a new aligner weekly. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.

What are the advantages of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

  • Invisalign is easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Invisalign is comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
  • Invisalign prevents wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
  • Invisalign is removable, so it's easier for you to brush and floss after meals.

If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, schedule an appointment and talk to your orthodontist about whether this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.