If you want straighter teeth without the unsightly look of metal, then Invisalign is your best alternative. Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit each patient’s upper and lower teeth. When you come in for a consultation we will first determine if Invisalign is right for you based on your needs and goals for treatment. Then impressions and photos will be taken of your smile, which will be sent to a lab where they will make you a unique series of Invisalign aligners. Each aligner is created to shift certain teeth into their proper position.
Once your aligners are created you will come in for your first fitting to make sure everything looks and feels its best. Each aligner can be removed but should still be worn for a minimum of 22 hours every day. The only times Invisalign should be removed is prior to eating, drinking anything besides water, brushing and flossing.
Every two weeks you will pop in a new set of aligners until your treatment is over. Since Invisalign can be removed, unlike traditional braces, there are no dietary restrictions or changes to your oral regime. Invisalign makes it easy to go about your life without having to change everything for your treatment.
On average, treatment typically takes about one to two years for adults. For teens the length of treatment is comparable to wearing traditional braces. When you come in for your consultation we will be able to give you an estimate on how long your orthodontic treatment should take.