Invisalign is a series of clear braces or aligners that move your teeth, step by step, from where they are now into the position you want them to be. Getting Invisalign is so easy! To get started, your orthodontist will take some pictures, x-ryas, and a digital scan of your teeth.
Using the scan, a virtual model of your teeth is created – that’s the starting point. The teeth are then moved to their ideal position – that’s the finishing point. All the tooth movements to get from the starting point to the finishing point are then broken up into little steps. Each little step represents a new aligner.
Tooth movement is accomplished by wearing an Invisalign aligner that moves your teeth one step of the way for ten days to two weeks and then changing to a new aligner which moves your teeth a little further. This way you move step by step, aligner by aligner from where your teeth are now to where you want them to be. Once the treatment is planned virtually, the aligners are made using that virtual plan.
When you get your “invisible braces” or aligners, you’ll wear them all the time except eating and brushing, approximately 22 hours per day. We’ll give you several sets of aligners at once, so you won’t have to come to an appointment every 2 weeks. We usually go 12 weeks between appointments, which makes Invisalign a great option if you have a busy schedule.
Invisalign is a great option for most people who want to straighten their teeth and has some distinct advantages over traditional braces. It’s less visible, if your looking for a less conspicuous way to straighten your teeth. Since you remove the aligners when eating and brushing, you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods like you do with braces and you can brush and floss like normal. And, as mentioned above, the appointments are less frequent, which makes Invisalign a very convenient way to straighten your teeth. Learn more about the cost of Invisalign, which is in line with the cost of traditional braces.
Invisalign is a great option for teens and adults. Any patient who has all their permanent teeth can be a great candidate for Invisalign.