Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. The process works by using a series of clear plastic aligner trays to place gentle pressure on teeth. Over time, that pressure slowly shifts teeth into optimal alignment, much like traditional braces.
Invisalign uses patented treatment software and clear aligner material to correct a wide range of alignment issues. Many people prefer this treatment approach because once in place, your aligners are virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth tissue.
Others enjoy the ability to remove the trays during dental hygiene routines. This helps prevent dental decay and other issues while straightening your teeth. The brackets and wires used in metal braces provide a multitude of hiding places for plaque and bacteria, and they can complicate brushing and flossing.
Invisalign can address many of the same alignment concerns as traditional metal braces. Some examples of treatable cases include:
There are some cases where traditional metal braces are the best treatment option. The brackets, wires, hooks, and other components of metal braces create force that aligner trays simply cannot match. You’ll learn whether Invisalign is right for you during your initial visit.
During the planning stage, imaging and records are made to determine the course of your treatment plan. The Invisalign software can estimate your time in treatment, and you may even be able to get a preview of what your smile will look like once treatment is complete.
If you decide to move forward with treatment, the data collected during your exam is sent to the lab where your first set of aligners is crafted. When they are ready, you’ll return to learn how to place them and remove them.
Once home, you’ll wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only while eating and drinking and for brushing and flossing. Every couple of weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of trays and dispose of the old ones.
As you move through treatment, your trays will slowly move your teeth into the desired alignment. You’ll know the full cost of treatment upfront, and there are no added fees. Your treatment expense includes teeth whitening as well as a set of retainers to wear after you reach your alignment goals.
Periodic office visits allow Dr. Silva to check your progress and make any necessary adjustments. When you’re ready to explore Invisalign in greater detail, call Sandi E. Silva, DDS, Inc. to book a visit, or schedule online from the comfort of home.