Invisalign® Clear Aligners:

Invisalign® is a popular option for achieving a straight smile without the need for traditional metal braces. It involves a series of clear aligners that are worn over your teeth. These transparent aligners are removable and are replaced approximately every two weeks throughout the course of your treatment.

The benefits of Invisalign® include:

  • Removability: Invisalign® aligners can be easily removed before meals or social engagements, allowing for convenient eating and cleaning.
  • No Food Traps: Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® aligners do not have brackets or wires that can trap food, making oral hygiene and cleaning more straightforward.
  • Discreet Appearance: Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible when worn, allowing you to smile confidently without the appearance of traditional braces.
What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® utilizes a series of clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Each set of clear aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before progressing to the next set. Most patients wear 20 to 30 sets of aligners during their treatment, though the number may vary depending on the specific case.

Invisalign® is effective for treating minor to moderate orthodontic issues. However, for severe cases, alternative orthodontic treatments such as traditional braces may be recommended. Your dentist or orthodontist will assess your specific case to determine the most suitable treatment option.

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

While Invisalign® offers several advantages, it is essential to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day and follow your dentist's instructions to ensure effective treatment. Frequent removal or failure to wear the aligners as recommended can impede progress, extend treatment time, and increase costs. If you have difficulty adhering to these requirements, traditional braces may be a more suitable choice.

Procedure Overview

As Invisalign® treatment progresses, each new set of aligners will have minor adjustments to continue the teeth-straightening process. It is common for a new set to feel slightly different initially, as your teeth need to adapt to the new aligner's shape. Invisalign® is a gradual process, with each aligner focusing on shifting specific teeth.

Your dentist or orthodontist will monitor your progress every few weeks and provide new sets of clear aligners accordingly. In some cases, attachments may be added to specific teeth to help guide them into the desired position. These attachments consist of small dots of bonding resin applied to teeth and hardened with a curing light. They enhance the contact with the aligners, exerting additional force on teeth that may not shift as easily. The attachment process is straightforward and does not require anesthesia.