Invisalign is an ideal choice if you’re interested in restoring your smile without highly visible metal braces. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that look similar to a retainer or a nightguard. These aligners are built to gently exert pressure on your teeth and gradually move them toward the proper position. During treatment, patients wear their aligners for about 20-22 hours per day and switch to a new set about every two weeks.
To begin the process, you’ll come into Confident Smiles & Implants for a consultation with Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori. After they assess your smile to determine that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, they will take x-rays and images of your teeth. Next, this information will be used to develop your customized treatment plan and create your aligners.
Once your aligners are built by the Invisalign team and sent to our office, you’ll pick up your first few sets. After a brief meeting with one of our dentists to go over instructions for wearing your aligners, your treatment with Invisalign will begin! You will wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day for the duration of your treatment.
You’ll switch to a new set of aligners about every two weeks and come back to our office for a quick consultation every six weeks. During this consultation, we’ll check your progress and provide you with your next several sets of aligners. This process continues until your treatment is complete. Most patients require 20-24 sets of aligners, making the average treatment time just under a year.
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that gives patients more freedom and flexibility than traditional metal braces. If you’re interested in orthodontics and you’re weighing your treatment options, here are a few things to consider when it comes to the differences between braces and Invisalign:
Most patients typically complete Invisalign treatment in about a year.
Treatment times will vary based on your level of oral health and the extent of your needs for orthodontic correction. However, the average treatment time is about a year. This means that, in most cases, Invisalign is much faster than braces if it’s an appropriate treatment for your specific needs.
The best candidates for Invisalign will have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. Invisalign is a powerful method of orthodontic correction, but it is not typically suitable to treat major problems like a malpositioned jaw or a bad bite. To find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you, schedule a consultation at Confident Smiles & Implants today!