Invisalign®: A Comfortable and Convenient Alternative to Braces
Straighten your teeth with clear aligners that are virtually invisible.
How is Invisalign® Different From Traditional Braces?
Invisalign® straightens your teeth just as effectively as traditional metal braces, but using a modern approach that is best suited for an active and social lifestyle. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, so no one has to know they are there. And unlike traditional braces, they are removable! This makes it possible to brush and floss your teeth without the interference of brackets that can contribute to tooth decay. You can pop these clear braces out to eat and drink whatever you like with no food restrictions. Traditional braces use wires and metal that may poke and irritate your cheeks at times. Invisalign® is made of smooth plastic that is comfortable to wear. The convenience of Invisalign® appeals to people in all stages of life. Enjoy the significant benefits of improving your smile with minimal impact on how you look and feel.
How old do you have to be to use Invisalign®
Invisalign® can be a great choice for a broad range of ages from age 8 and beyond into adulthood. It requires keeping an organized journal to log the amount of wear and when to change to the next aligner. A colorful case will be given to store the aligners when they are out of the mouth to prevent damage and accidental loss. It’s important to be determined and wear the aligners throughout the day and night for about 22 hours. They are taken out to brush, eat, and drink (if drinking something other than water).
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems, including teeth that are widely gapped, overly crowded, or somewhere in between. Invisalign® treatment begins with a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate and to answer all of your questions. Not all orthodontists work with Invisalign®. Dr. Nguyen is a specially trained provider who will develop an individualized treatment plan for your best results.
We’ll start with x-rays and impressions or molds of your teeth to create a 3-dimensional image. Using this, we can map out the exact movements of your teeth and create a virtual image for you of how your teeth will look. Based on your individualized plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are made specifically for you. The aligners are made of BPA-free clear plastic and fit easily over your teeth. They are smooth and should be comfortable to wear. You can remove them to clean your teeth and to eat and drink. About every two weeks you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, progressing you through to your treatment goals. To make sure things are going well, you will have a check-ups in the office usually every six weeks or so to monitor your progress.
How Long Will I Have To Wear Invisalign®?
While each case is unique, depending on the treatment needed, Invisalign® usually takes approximately one year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces. For fastest results, you should wear your aligners 22 hours a day. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually shift into place. Once you have achieved the beautiful smile you desire, we may recommend retainers to keep your teeth looking good.
What About Special Occasions or Playing Sports?
Since Invisalign® is designed to be removable, it is perfectly fine to take out your aligners for a special night or event. Or if you play a contact sport that requires a mouth guard, you can simply replace your aligners with the mouth guard while you play. If your contact sport does not require a mouth guard, an extra advantage to Invisalign® is that it allows you to continue to wear your aligners without worrying about the braces poking your mouth.
More than One Million Patients Worldwide Have Been Treated with Invisalign®. Call us for an appointment to get the smile you wanted without anyone knowing!