Appliance Profile How does Invisalign work?

At the forefront of modern orthodontics stands Invisalign, a revolutionary approach to straightening teeth discreetly and comfortably. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into their desired position. With Invisalign, you can enjoy the journey to a beautifully aligned smile without the inconvenience of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is now able to address many different bite problems. That is why it’s been so popular with adults and now teenagers, who do not want the look of braces on their journey to a new beautiful smile.

Your Prefered Provider for Invisalign

Our orthodontists are highly skilled in providing Invisalign treatment. Because of the number of Invisalign cases provided per year, our office has reached Invisalign’s platinum provider status. We are proud of this accomplishment and will continue to provide only the best possible care to all of our patients to create their beautiful smiles.

Frequent Questions Learn More About Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign features a series of clear, smooth, plastic aligners that simply slip over your teeth and begin progressively straightening your smile. One of the most notable features of this treatment is the aligner’s appearance being virtually invisible! Instead of bulky metal brackets and wires, you can straighten your smile with sleek, transparent, comfortable material. More reasons to love Invisalign include:

  • Easier brushing and flossing
  • Comfortable to wear
  • No food restrictions
  • Faster treatment time
  • Don’t interfere with speech
  • Proven incredible results

With the continuous advancements made with Invisalign, we can now treat patients of all ages and case complexities utilizing clear aligners. Our orthodontist can also utilize special attachments and accessories for more elaborate treatments, which were previously only possible with braces. Patients usually choose Invisalign as a more discrete look than braces because they require fewer office visits and social restrictions. Also, because Invisalign aligners are removable, you don’t have to put up with as many dietary restrictions!

However, with more complex orthodontic treatment situations, you might not be the right candidate for Invisalign. That will be determined at your initial consultation appointment.

Our orthodontist will create a unique digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. With frequent office visits, we will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can treat nearly all common teeth-straightening issues, from simple to complex. Many people who formerly had braces choose Invisalign treatment as the discrete solution to improve their smile when they find that their teeth have shifted back.

Your custom aligners are created with comfort in mind. Invisalign’s SmartTrack material was engineered specifically for the Invisalign system to ensure a great fit. Everyone's gumline is different, which is why each of your aligners is individually trimmed. The result is an aligner that looks better and feels better.

Total treatment time averages between 6 and 24 months, some longer depending on the complexity of the case. Patients usually visit our office every 10-15 weeks so we can check their progress and give them the next series of custom-made aligners.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible compared to traditional braces, and that is one of the main reasons people love this treatment. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them, making Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle.

Yes, you can remove your Invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Typically, patients are instructed to wear their Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.

When someone completes their journey to a new smile, whether with braces or Invisalign treatment, they will receive a set of retainers to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position. Initially, you will wear the retainers full-time, then eventually only at night. This is your best insurance so that teeth will stay aligned.

Caring for clear aligners couldn’t be easier. We recommend brushing your aligners with a mild soap or denture cleaner (such as Efferdent) every time you brush your teeth.