Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if this system is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
What is Invisalign?
It is a way to straighten your teeth without wearing braces. It is comprised of a series of clear "plastic" trays called "aligners" that fit smoothly and comfortably on your teeth. The trays can be easily removed for eating, brushing and flossing and perhaps best of all, they are virtually invisible. Many patients who always wanted to improve their smile but were unwilling to wear more traditional braces have used this system to get the smile they always wanted.
The trays MUST be worn 20-22 hours every day-NO EXCEPTIONS. You must wear them at all times except when eating, brushing, flossing, or occasionally on a special occasion. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks. Office visits are typically every 4-8 weeks where we check your progress and give you the following sequence of trays.
Besides the near invisibility of Invisalign trays, other advantages over "fixed" braces include the ability to be "braceless" for milestone events; aligners can be removed to brush and floss so oral hygiene can be maintained; there are no restrictions on eating and drinking; and compared to traditional braces, this system often requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments, and there are typically no "emergency" visits--making this system very convenient for the patient.
The cost is typically about the same as traditional braces.
An important last point if you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth:
We have found that patients who research Invisalign on the internet or in talking with friends often are confused with what they learn; It seems that about 1/2 of the patients who have had it love it, while the other 1/2 may state it didn't really work. This is probably because it is not for every patient or every bite problem but some dentists prescribe it for conditions the trays cannot correct. Dr. Meyer makes it a point to let you know if you are a candidate for it or not.
If you are interested in Invisalign and would like to know if you are a candidate for this modality of treatment, you should schedule a complimentary exam with Dr. Meyer where he will evaluate your teeth and concerns and let you know if it is an option for you.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. It is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.
Orthodontic treatment in our office is very individualized. Your treatment plan will be unique and specific to you. The type of braces recommended and the length of time that they are to be worn depend on several factors. During your initial exam, Dr. Meyer will evaluate your teeth, your bite and your smile and present to you all possible treatment options, length of treatment and treatment costs so that you may make a decision that addresses your specific concerns to achieve a healthy bite and beautiful smile.