Many of our patients often ask about the types of braces and treatments we offer. We are proud to say that we are a certified provider of Invisalign® , an alternative to traditional braces and often referred to as invisible braces. With Invisalign, you’ll get great orthodontic results in a more discreet fashion.
Invisalign is a set of custom-made clear plastic aligners that are designed to fit your teeth, no one else’s. Worn over your teeth, they slowly and gently shift your teeth into the desired position with no wires to tighten, no brackets and no rubber bands. Every two weeks you’ll switch to a new set of aligners and continue doing so until you complete your treatment.
Our cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to other providers and will depend on the issue that needs correcting, the length of treatment and other factors you’ll discuss with our doctors. Most Invisalign cases are similar in cost to traditional braces due to the fact Invisalign patients require fewer office visits.
The process for Invisalign® treatment starts during your first visit. We’ll discuss your particular situation to determine whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
Next, 3D images are made for the Invisalign aligners with X-rays, photos and digital scans of your teeth. These are used to create a very specific treatment plan for your needs, including mapping the movements of your teeth during the treatment process and determining how long the treatment will take. You’ll be able to see a virtual representation of how your teeth will move during each stage of Invisalign treatment. In adults, the treatment time usually takes about a year. In teens, the treatment time is about the same as traditional braces.
A set of custom-made, clear plastic aligners will be made from the 3D images and printed models. These aligners are smooth, comfortable and BPA-free, and won’t irritate your gums or cheeks. When you need to eat, floss or brush your teeth, simply remove your aligners and put them back in when done. As you wear them, the aligners gradually guide your teeth into place.
You’ll change to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, and to make sure everything is going smoothly, you’ll have orthodontic checkups about every 10 to 12 weeks.