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Invisalign® FAQs

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligner trays to gradually adjust the teeth. It offers a nearly invisible alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening your smile and can benefit patients of almost any age.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Using state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology, Invisalign allows us to map out the movement of your teeth and develop a customized treatment plan to move them into the desired positions with highly predictable results. This imaging technology can show you what your smile will look like throughout your treatment and your proposed results once treatment is complete.

Multiple sets of clear aligners made of a patented thermoplastic material known as SmartTrack® will be custom-made to fit your teeth. Each set of aligners will apply force to move your teeth a little bit at a time, and you will wear each set for one to two weeks before moving on to the next set.

How Long Does Invisalign® Take to Straighten Teeth?

Invisalign treatment can take as little time as six months or as long as three years. Most patients complete their Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months.

The total time needed to complete your treatment will depend on various factors, including the amount of adjustment required to straighten your smile and how many hours per day you wear your aligners.

Do I Need to Change My Diet With Invisalign®?

Because the aligners are removable, you don’t need to make any changes to your diet with Invisalign. At mealtime or snacktime, you can take off your aligners before eating your desired foods without worrying about food particles getting stuck in your braces.

How Do I Brush and Floss With Invisalign®?

It’s essential to brush and floss throughout your Invisalign treatment to maintain good oral health. Simply remove your aligners and then brush and floss as you normally would. Ideally, we recommend brushing and flossing after every meal before placing your aligners back over your teeth.

What Are the Main Benefits of Invisalign®?

  • Discreet treatment: Most people don’t notice when others are wearing Invisalign clear aligners, so you can smile and talk with confidence throughout your treatment.
  • Comfortable aligners: Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than metal braces and don’t irritate the mouth the way metal brackets and wires can.
  • Removable: Invisalign trays can be removed as needed for eating, brushing, playing sports and the occasional special event. Invisalign lets you straighten your smile without changing your lifestyle.
  • Quick orthodontic visits: Invisalign office visits are shorter compared to visits for traditional braces, as there are no wires or elastic bands to change or adjust. Rather than having long office visits, you can spend more time on the things important to you.

How Popular Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is an extremely popular way to straighten teeth, with more than 13 million people (and counting!) who have used this brand of aligners.

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

To find out more or see if Invisalign is right for you, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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