Invisalign

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects the alignment of teeth by focusing on the relation of the upper and lower arches of the jaw. Crooked teeth that are improperly positioned together will benefit from proper alignment not only for cosmetic purposes, but also for function and bite, as well as gum health. Achieving a straight and beautiful smile is just an added bonus!

What are the different types of braces?

There are several different types of braces used for moving teeth.

The most common types of braces today are:

  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Lingual Braces – metal braces on the inside of your teeth
  • “Invisible or Clear” Braces – such as Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

At Clear Dental Studio we offer Invisalign as an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that is removable and undetectable way in achieving a beautiful smile. There are no brackets and wires like traditional braces. Most cases can be successfully achieved through Invisalign, however depending on how complex your case is traditional treatment may be recommended.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Almost everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Both adults and teens are eligible, but in order to determine your specific needs please give us a call to further assist you.

How does Invisalign work? What is the treatment process?

Below are the steps of Invisalign

  • 1. A thorough examination is conducted by your Invisalign trained dentist in order create a unique digital treatment plan custom to you.
  • 2. A digital impression or physical impression is taken to send the case off to Invisalign for the design of your custom digital treatment plan.
  • 3. Once the digital treatment plan is back, your doctor and you will discuss and approve the plan allowing for your custom aligners to be created. The digital treatment plan shows the exact movements of your teeth and final outcome.
  • 4. When your custom aligners arrive, you are ready to begin! In some cases, small buttons will need to be placed over the teeth. These buttons or attachments are tooth colored material on top of teeth to help move the treatment along faster.
  • 5. Each custom aligner will gradually shift your teeth into proper position to reach your stunning new smile!

How long will treatment take?

Every treatment is individualized to you so the number of weeks or trays will be different to each individual. On average, a full Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 12-18 months.

How many hours per day should I wear my aligners? How often will I need to change my aligners?

The aligners will need to be worn at minimum 20-22 hours a day and changed out either weekly or biweekly, depending on your dentists’ instructions. You should make sure you are not eating with your aligners on and that you are brushing and flossing before you put them back on. This is to prevent any entrapment of bacteria and food that can promote the development of cavities. It is okay to drink clear fluids (such as water) with your aligners on.

Follow up visits during Invisalign Treatment

Follow-up visits with your dentist are imperative to ensure your treatment is coming along perfectly. Examinations are crucial components to the process as is consistent tray use. Any inconsistencies can prolong treatment. These examinations are also important in determining whether you are cavity free. If you do develop any cavities during treatment it would need to be addressed immediately. These appointments are usually once every four to six weeks but can depend on each individual and treating dentist.

Retainers

Retainers are a custom fabricated clear tray (similar to Invisalign trays) that keep your teeth in place after orthodontic treatment has been rendered. It is crucial to wear retainers after Invisalign treatment and even after removal of metal braces. This is to ensure that your teeth do not shift back to their initial position.

Invisalign may be a good option for patients who have had orthodontic treatment in their earlier years and are now noticing that their teeth are shifting as they age due to lack of retainer use. 

At Clear Dental Studio we believe that retainers should be a lifelong commitment. This ensures ultimate smile success, and allows you to potentially avoid revisiting orthodontic treatment.