Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
You wear each set of clear aligners for about two 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 the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed.
You'll visit your orthodontist or dentist about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
For our patients who would benefit from better alignment of their teeth, we are pleased to be able to offer Invisalign clear acrylic aligners. These nearly-invisible trays that fit over upper and lower teeth address a variety of issues, including:
Crossbite which occurs when you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth are sitting inside your lower teeth
Open bite where the front teeth do not meet at all
Spaces between the teeth
After taking impressions of a patient’s teeth and images of their face and mouth, all this information is sent to Invisalign technicians who design the perfect series of acrylic aligners that, over a period of months, will gradually ease teeth into their proper position. When the aligners arrive at Cliffs Dental Group, we will check them carefully for a correct and comfortable fit. You won’t need to return every couple of weeks to have these aligners tightened like you would with metal braces. We’ll just check your progress from time to time to ensure all is well.
The length of time required to reshape a smile will be different for every patient depending on how much correction is needed. A treatment period of nine to eighteen months is typical, although some cases take less time and some more. Besides doing an effective job of correcting alignment and bite, Invisalign trays are very nearly invisible. Patients quickly become accustomed to the feel of the trays and soon feel comfortable talking and smiling.
Because Invisalign trays can be removed for meals and cleaning, the major inconvenience of metal braces can be avoided. You can eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth normally, preserving the health of your teeth during treatment. Invisalign treatment is a major advance over the discomfort and undesirable appearance of metal braces and is suitable for both teens and adults.