What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system is an orthodontic treatment that corrects imperfect positioning of the teeth when the mouth is closed with a series of custom-made, nearly invisible aligners that are comfortable to wear, and removable for meals and normal brushing and flossing.
How does Invisalign work?
When you meet with the doctor he/she will take orthodontic records of your teeth and send all material to Invisalign.
At Invisalign, a computer model of your teeth and treatment is created-almost like an animated movie of the way your teeth will move from the current position to the final desired position.
The doctor reviews and approves the treatment plan. Invisalign produces a series of clear, plastic aligners that correspond to the stages of tooth movement in the 3-D movie. Each set of aligners is designed to move the teeth a small amount. You will wear each stage of aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. Week by week, your teeth are straightened until they reach the desired position.
You'll visit us about once every 4 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners during treatment is between 18-30, but both will vary from case to case. It is recommended the aligners are worn 20-22 hours per day.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
- Nearly invisible: You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Removable: You can eat and drink what you want.
- Easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Comfortable: There are no wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasion.
How do I get started?
Make an appt with your doctor for an initial exam.
You may find more valuable information at www.invisalign.com.