If you’re looking for a straight smile without the metal-mouth, clear aligners may be the best solution for your needs. Invisalign® is a set of transparent aligners that fit over your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® aligners are removable and replaced every two weeks for the entire course of your treatment.
With Invisalign®, there is not a need for fixed wires and brackets, so you won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces. Plus you can smile confidently without trying to hide a mouthful of metal! Placing and removing Invisalign® aligners is seamless and convenient, and they can be easily removed before meals or social engagements. Even when you’re wearing them, they are discreet and blend in with your smile.
Benefits of Invisalign
Common Questions About Invisalign
- Dr. Faiella will decide if you are a good candidate for Invisalign dentistry and, if so, will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth.
- The next step is to make a digital 3-D image using the x-rays and impressions so that Dr. Faiella can create a treatment plan for how your teeth will move.
- Once you and Dr. Faiella approve the treatment plan, the 3-D image is used to custom-create your aligner trays.
- On the day you start Invisalign, Dr. Faiella may need to place attachments on some of your teeth. These are made from a clear composite material bonded to your tooth. In most cases they are unnoticeable. They will be removed as soon as you finish your Invisalign treatment by lightly polishing your teeth.
- You wear the trays all day and night, except to remove them to when you eat and clean your teeth. You must wear them at last 22 hours a day.
- After about 8 weeks, you will visit Dr. Faiella to check your progress, make sure your teeth are moving as planned, and to get more aligners.
- Total treatment time varies among patients, but usually is between 6 months and a year.
- When treatment is complete, Dr. Faiella will remove any attachments, polish your teeth, and order a new set of aligners to be worn at night for retention.
- After Invisalign treatment, you should continue to care for your teeth as usual- regular brushing and flossing are important.
- You will have to wear a clear retainer at night to retain the changes that have been made.
- Many patients are great candidates for Invisalign, especially those with crowding, spacing, missing teeth, tooth wear, and missing teeth.
- Certain patients with skeletal dental malocclusions may need to be referred to an orthodontic specialist for evaluation.