Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. No one will know you are straightening your teeth while wearing them.
Invisalign uses 3D computer imaging technology to map the inside of your mouth. Based on this map and the treatment plan that best moves your teeth to their ideal position, aligners are made. These aligners are clear plastic, making them invisible to those around you. You swap them out every two weeks, allowing your treatment to steadily progress. Treatment tends to take about a year, after which you will use a retainer to maintain the results.
Invisalign isn’t designed to correct all forms of orthodontic problems, but for mild to moderate issues, such as gaps between the teeth or crowding, it is often found to be more effective than traditional braces.
When braces need to be adjusted, you have to head into the office, but not with Invisalign. Instead, you change aligners at home, effectively doing the adjustments yourself. You only need to see us every ~6-8 weeks, which means your schedule doesn’t have to suffer. And since they are removable, you can eat, brush, and floss as you always have.
How much does Invisalign® cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign® depends on the complexity of a patient’s case. The cost is generally slightly more expensive than traditional braces but find out what your treatment involves by contacting our office for a complimentary appointment! We also do not let finances stand in the way of getting a beautiful smile. We offer several payment plans that make any treatment fit our patients’ budget and needs.
Does Invisalign® really work?
Yes! In both clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide, Invisalign® has been proven effective at straightening teeth.
Does insurance cover Invisalign®?
Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage. However, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign® should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
What are the aligners made of?
The aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
What do the aligners look like?
The aligners are nearly invisible and look like clear tooth-whitening trays but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth.
How does Invisalign® effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires, Invisalign® aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth can move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system. For more information, visit www.invisalign.com.