Crooked teeth affect your appearance and oral health, but you may be hesitant to wear metal braces.Invisalign® offers a comfortable and removable alternative to braces. Treatment is simple and the trays are virtually invisible during use.
What does this mean for you?
Invisalign Works with Your Lifestyle NOT AGAINST IT
Let’s take a closer look at how Invisalign works...
Millions of Patients
HAVE BENEFITED FROM INVISALIGN
So how do I know if I'm eligible for Invisalign?
You May Be a Good Candidate FOR INVISALIGN IF:
Examples of Cases
SUCCESSFULLY TREATED WITH INVISALIGN
Invisalign May Cost THE SAME AS BRACES
In most cases, Invisalign treatment costs approximately the same as traditional braces. However, depending on your needs and goals, Invisalign treatment can be more expensive. Invisalign is also generally more expensive than other clear aligner brands like ClearCorrect®.
So how long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment Can Take 12 to 18 Months
FROM START TO FINISH
There is a noticeable difference between these two treatments...
A Straighter Smile
CAN BENEFIT YOUR ORAL AND OVERALL HEALTH
The goal of Invisalign is to help you achieve a straighter smile. But it does so much more.
After treatment, you may find that it is easier to brush and floss your teeth. By treating malocclusion, Invisalign can also reduce the symptoms of a misaligned bite such as headaches and excessive wear on your teeth. Best of all, you can even feel more confident in your smile and yourself when talking to others or smiling in photos.
See what a difference Invisalign can make...
Your Important Role
IN MAINTAINING YOUR RESULTS
When you complete your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will recommend whether you should wear your last set of aligners or a custom retainer. Typically, you will only have to wear your retainers overnight and can enjoy your newly straightened smile throughout the day.
Many patients wear their aligners or retainers for the rest of their lives, so you should care for them like any other medically prescribed treatment. Take them with you when you travel, keep them in a safe place, and clean them every morning to prevent bacteria buildup.
The latest technology is used to plan your Invisalign treatment...
ALLOWS FOR PRECISE, EXPEDITED TREATMENT
Prior to beginning treatment, your dentist will create digital impressions using an advanced imaging system such as the iTero® Intraoral Scanner. This allows your dentist to provide you with a proposed treatment plan and accurate timeline. For your convenience, you can receive all your trays at once so you do not have to visit your dentist each time you need a new aligner. You will still need to attend appointments every four to six weeks so the doctor can assess your progress.
Is Invisalign really the best solution for me?
Virtually Invisible Aligners
Drawbacks of Invisalign Treatment
While traditional orthodontic treatment can be customized for virtually any case, Invisalign may not be the best option for treating severe gaps or certain types of misalignment. Patients should also consider treatment timeline, their lifestyle, and budget.
Length of Treatment
While alternatives such as porcelain veneers can help transform the symmetry, shape, and size of your teeth in a matter of weeks, Invisalign treatment can span several months. If you need a more immediate boost to your confidence or would like to achieve a straighter smile before a quickly approaching special event, such as a wedding, Invisalign treatment may not be the best option for you.
Although advancements have made Invisalign available to a greater pool of candidates, it is not designed for cases of severe malocclusion or misalignment. These concerns, as well as severely rotated or tipped teeth, are best treated with traditional orthodontics. You can determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign using their smile assessment and attending a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Adjusting to the Aligners
Although Invisalign’s customized trays fit securely over your teeth, they may not feel natural during the first few days of treatment. Most patients are able to adjust to their aligners relatively quickly, but a small number of patients feel that they have trouble speaking properly. A persistent lisp, for example, could impact your confidence.
Weighing Your Options
Although you have many orthodontic systems to choose from, the proven benefits of Invisalign make the treatment a great option to consider. In addition to the original product, Invisalign is also available in Teen and Express options. Patients whose cases are considered too severe for Invisalign treatment can nearly always achieve their goals with traditional orthodontics. In very rare cases, surgery may be recommended. During an Invisalign consultation, you can discuss all your questions and concerns with your doctor.
How do I get started?
Take the First Step
Orthodontics can enhance your appearance and lessen your risk of cavities and gum disease. With options like Invisalign, there is no reason to delay treatment. Take the next step and schedule an appointment today.