What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an easy way to straighten your teeth without brackets and wires. Clear plastic trays are used to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Trays are usually changed every 1-2 weeks. Many people won’t even notice that you are wearing them.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign process is as simple as 3 easy steps.
- You meet with our team and doctors to discuss your smile goals. We take digital records with the iTero scanner, x-rays (if we need more current ones), as well as photographs and start the treatment planning process!
- You begin wearing Invisalign clear aligners! Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that fit closely to your teeth. The aligners are changed every 1-2 weeks and gradually move your teeth into the appropriate position. You’ll check back in with us every few weeks to evaluate your progress and make changes if needed or address any concerns.
- Your case is finished! We will provide you with retainers to keep your new smile looking great and continuing to follow your case if you need anything. We’re here for you! Time to show everyone your new smile!
How long does Invisalign take?
Most cases are complete in 4-8 months, but the length of your treatment depends on the complexity of your case- what your goals are and how often your wear your aligners. It is important to remember that retainers should be worn after Invisalign treatment is complete.
How Expensive is Invisalign?
Invisalign costs are similar to traditional braces and your insurance may contribute towards your care. We have several payment plans and financing options to help you.
Does my insurance cover Invisalign?
Many insurance companies do cover Invisalign just like they cover braces or other orthodontic treatment. We will work with you to be sure that you receive the maximum benefit from your insurance plan.
How often do I need to wear my Invisalign trays?
Trays are meant to be worn as much as possible or at least 22 hours/day. The more they are in your mouth and on your teeth the better your teeth will move according to the treatment plan. Many people choose to eat and drink with their Invisalign aligners in their mouths. Trays are changed every 1-2 weeks.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Some people may experience some discomfort at the beginning of their Invisalign treatment or for the first or second day after changing to a new tray. The discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with Tylenol.
What are attachments?
Attachments are small tooth-colored “bumps” that are placed onto specific teeth temporarily during treatment. Think of them as handles that the aligners use to move your tooth and make those movements more efficient. Not every case needs attachments or maybe not for the entire duration of the treatment plan. They are clear or tooth-colored and the Invisalign trays fit closely over them. Most people barely notice them.
What if I have had braces before?
Many patients notice that their teeth have shifted years after their braces were removed. Invisalign can be an option to move the teeth into a more desired position for improved function and esthetics. It is important to remember to wear retainers as directed after Invisalign treatment is complete.
What if I have crowns, veneers, or implants?
Patients are often candidates for Invisalign even if they have had dental treatment in the past. Please call us and schedule a consultation so that we can evaluate your specific needs.