The Invisalign® system uses virtually invisible aligners, rather than metal bands, brackets or wires, to straighten teeth comfortably. The aligners are custom-made to fit the teeth and are easily removable so patients can eat, drink, brush and floss. The advantage that Invisalign teeth aligners have over regular braces is that they are virtually undetectable.
The Invisalign system uses advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to project tooth movement in a patient’s mouth. This allows the dentist to create a series of clear, custom-made aligners, also know as repositioners, that gradually move the teeth in line with one another. Patients wear each aligner for about two weeks, then move on to the next set, until the teeth-positioning goal has been met.
The Invisalign system is an effective tool for straightening teeth, and is suitable for patients who are fourteen years of age and older, and who want to:
- Eliminate teeth crowding
- Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth
- Close up large spaces between the teeth
- Correct overbites, underbites, and crossbites
How Does Invisalign Work?
In addition to straightening crooked or misaligned teeth, Invisalign aligners can eliminate crowding and large spaces between teeth. The Invisalign system can also treat more complex conditions, such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
“Dr. Smith and her assistant Ariel were so amazing and sweet! They got me in for an emergency appt as i was leaving town. I rescheduled an appt for when i get back.” -Shelley
Benefits Of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners offer many benefits over traditional metal braces. They may include:
- Less pain
- Lower cost
- Cosmetic appeal
- No dietary restrictions
- No “tightening” required
- Flexible-payment options
- Little to no impact on daily life
- Easier to keep teeth clean and healthy
- Aligners can be removed at any time
The first step is for a person to make an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Hiebert who will decide whether the Invisalign system is appropriate. If so, our dentists will map out a course of treatment. First, our staff will take bite impressions and send them out for processing. Then, based on the bite impressions, we create the aligners using our advanced 3-D computer imaging.
Next, the patient will come back to the office to receive their custom-made aligners. After leaving, patients should wear the clear and removable aligners day and night. Patients should only remove aligners when they are eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. The more the patient takes out their Invisalign aligners, the longer it will take to achieve their goal. If a person has dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment, it may also cover Invisalign treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Typically, Invisalign treatment takes about a year from start to finish. The patient will come to see our staff for a brief appointment every 6 to 8 weeks to review progress and receive the next set of aligners. Patients are very happy with their results as Invisalign aligners have been shown to be highly effective at straightening teeth.