WHAT IS INVISALIGN®
Invisalign is the most widely respected clear orthodontic system used in America. Their unique approach and technology-driven system provides an accurate treatment for adults and teens alike. Each set of Invisalign appears as if it were a clear retainer or whitening tray. It snaps over your teeth, fitting just like a glove. Unless you mention them to other people, there’s a very good chance that no one will realize you’re wearing braces.
The very first part of getting Invisalign is meeting with our orthodontist to find out if it’s an option. We’ll take a set of X-rays and evaluate your teeth to determine what type of tooth movement is necessary. Even if you are a candidate for Invisalign, we’re happy to let you know what other alternatives are available to choose from.
Once you’ve settled on Invisalign, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and transport that data to Invisalign laboratories. This can be done either with traditional models or electronically using 3D scanning tools.
After Invisalign processes your bite’s impression, you will be presented with a virtual treatment plan that shows a computerized replica of what your treatment will look like. The short video shows how each of your teeth will be moved and what the end results should be.
Invisalign 3D software will create a series of customized aligners that snuggly fit around your teeth. The digital technology will slightly alter the tooth positioning of your aligners in each subsequent set. Gradually, your teeth are systematically moved into the desired position.
For most people, Invisalign trays should be worn for about two weeks. You will progress to the next set of aligners bi-weekly, or as recommended by our orthodontist. Every six to eight weeks, we’ll see you to ensure that things are progressing as they should. At these visits, we’ll send you home with several more sets of aligners for you to continue your treatment.
To make your treatment as effective as possible, you need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day. This provides you with enough time to remove them during meals and for oral hygiene purposes. Failing to follow your treatment instructions could cause results to be delayed.
After your Invisalign treatment you will need to wear a retainer, just as you would with any other type of braces. Fortunately, your retainer is also clear and discreet. It can even double as a whitening tray!
LIVING WITH BRACES
Below is what you want to know and expect when it comes to day-to-day life with Invisalign braces.
- Brush and Floss Like Normal
Other than being clear, the biggest benefit of Invisalign braces is how easy they are to care for.- Remove your aligners at least twice daily to thoroughly brush your teeth.
– Floss at least once each day. No special tools are needed because there are no braces in your way!
– Use a fluoridated toothpaste to keep teeth strong and resistant to decay.
– Clean your aligners with lukewarm tap water and a soft toothbrush.
– Do not use hot water to clean Invisalign, as this can cause the trays to warp.
- Eat Whatever You Want
Choosing Invisalign means there are no dietary restrictions that you must abide by like you would with traditional braces. That’s because you take your aligners out at every meal and never eat with them. Enjoy everything from sticky caramel to biting into a fresh, crisp apple. There aren’t any brackets or wires to break!
- Go About Your Day as Normal
Thanks to the transparent materials that Invisalign is made from, no one ever has to know that you’re wearing braces. The clear trays snap right over your teeth and don’t interfere with casual conversations. But if you do have a big presentation or a date planned, you can take them out as necessary.
- Change Your Aligners Out as Directed
Make sure you’re wearing your Invisalign braces for at least 20-22 hours a day. Too much time out of your aligners can cause teeth to not move properly, resulting in discomfort or damage to your smile.Change your aligners out with the next set of trays at the prescribed time. This progresses your tooth movement in a safe and predictable manner. When you stop by for a check-up, Dr. Chmura will make sure that things are responding properly. In certain situations, we may modify your future trays so as to achieve more precise tooth movement.
1. Am I too old for Invisalign?
You wouldn’t believe how “mature” some of our Invisalign and orthodontic patients have been. In short, no, very few people are too old to get Invisalign. Feel free to ask us about some of the cases that we’ve completed for other seniors.
2. Can you see Invisalign on your teeth?
The translucent materials used to make Invisalign are challenging to see on someone’s teeth during a casual conversation. If you look very closely, as in a matter of inches, you can see that there is something clear over the teeth.
3. How often do I need to be seen for a checkup?
We’ll want to see you about every six to eight weeks to make sure your teeth are progressing as they should. At these check-in visits, we will give you a few set of aligners to take home until your next appointment.
4. How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign costs will depend on the length of your treatment. In many cases, it does not cost much more than getting comprehensive traditional braces.
5. How should I clean my aligners?
Remove your aligners at least twice a day to clean them with lukewarm tap water and a soft toothbrush. Do not use hot water, as this can warp the plastic.
6. Is my child old enough for Invisalign?
Invisalign Teen is a unique line that’s designed just for your high schooler. Because of the strict compliance that Invisalign requires ensuring successful treatment, it is only recommended for responsible teenagers who are committed to seeing their treatment through.
7. How many hours a day do I need to wear my aligners?
Wear your Invisalign braces for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You should only be taking them out to eat, brush, and floss.
8. Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Dr. Chmura will need to evaluate your bite and oral health to determine if Invisalign is the best option for your teeth. In most cases, these clear braces can be used on anyone from mild to more severe bite concerns.
9. Does my dental insurance cover Invisalign?
We are happy to contact your insurance carrier to determine if your plan includes any orthodontic procedures. This coverage will be worked into your treatment plan estimate.
10. What will my length of care be?
Because Invisalign is a technology-driven procedure, we can usually see how long it will take to complete your treatment before your treatment even starts. We can give you an estimated timetable at the time of your consultation.