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How Does It Work?
A series of custom made plastic aligners are manufactured for each individual patient, after initial records are taken, and a 3D digital scan is performed. Patients wear each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions.
You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
The Invisalign® Advantage
There are a number of advantages offered by Invisalign® when compared to other forms of orthodontic treatment. Some of the most compelling are:
Invisalign® gives you great results with less overall treatment time.
With conventional braces, teeth are wired together, which can lead to inadvertent movement of adjoining teeth that must be corrected later in your treatment plan. Invisalign® aligners are carefully calibrated to move only the teeth you want to move. This precise, targeted correction means a more efficient movement of each tooth, which can result in less overall treatment time.
No wire tightening means fewer dental appointments.
The wires on conventional braces usually need to be tightened every four weeks, but since the Invisalign® treatment plan is mapped out from the start, we can give you several aligners at each appointment. That means, for many patients, appointments need to be made only every eight to ten weeks, helping to save you time without compromising results.
It’s easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Invisalign® aligners are removed to eat, floss, and brush. There are no wires to trap food and plaque, and no obstacles that make brushing and flossing difficult. Aligners are also removed for professional dental treatments, helping to keep your teeth both healthier and whiter, and removing the risk of stubborn discoloration or decay forming underneath brackets.
Invisalign® makes it easier to keep your body healthy.
Removing aligners before you eat allows you to maintain a healthier diet. Nuts, seeds, and crunchy fruits and vegetables have to be avoided with braces. These staples of a healthy diet do not need to be avoided during Invisalign® treatment. This makes the treatment suitable even for people on raw, vegan, or vegetarian diets.
Treatment is unobtrusive.
Unlike conventional braces, most people won’t know you’re using Invisalign® unless you tell them. What’s more, issues like soft tissue irritation from metal rubbing against cheeks or cut lips from archwire are eliminated with Invisalign® treatment. This means even people involved in contact sports and more demanding activities can wear Invisalign® without fear of damaging the mouth.