One of the most popular treatment options for adults with crooked teeth, Invisalign is a brand of removable aligners that comfortably straighten teeth without wires or brackets. Invisalign works by using a series of clear plastic aligners which are made with 3D imaging technology and are incrementally adjusted to gradually move your teeth into alignment.
Align Technology, the parent company of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California.
The first step is meeting with your doctor during a one on one consultation. They will examine your smile, discuss your orthodontic goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. We will take a digital scan of your mouth and give you a sneak peek of your new smile with a digital mockup.
When your first set of aligners arrives at our office, you’ll come in to pick them up and try them on. Your doctor will instruct you on how to wear your aligners to get the best results. Most patients are instructed to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. You’ll also switch out the aligners for the next set every one to two weeks.
We will be checking in every few weeks to make sure your progress is on track. During these periodic check-ins, you’ll also receive your next few sets of aligners. So long as you are diligent about wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time per day, your smile will keep shifting into the right position.
After completing treatment, you’ll get a set of retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile. These durable retainers will look similar to your original Invisalign aligners, but are better suited for long-term use as they can handle more pressure without breaking down. You’ll likely need to wear these every night to help keep your teeth straight for years to come.
When the upper teeth overlap in front of the lower front teeth, this is called an overbite. Overbites are natural, but they become an issue when the gap is too large. This can cause premature wear and tear, or you may suffer jaw pain from this misalignment. Invisalign can fix this deep bite and shift your teeth into a healthy position.
An underbite is when your lower front teeth are in front of your upper arch of teeth. Usually, this occurs due to the lower jaw being too far forward. Underbites can make it difficult to properly chew and speak, and may cause the teeth to wear down. In some cases, Invisalign can fix underbites, but severe underbites might require additional oral surgery to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
In an ideal bite position, the upper front teeth would sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth. Crossbites occur when some of the upper teeth sit behind your lower teeth. This can cause wear and tear, chips, and can even cause gum recession in some cases. This can lead to painful sensitivity or even bone loss. Invisalign can fix some crossbites, but we recommend coming in for a consultation to see which option is right for you.
While they are very common, gaps between your teeth can make it much harder to keep food from getting stuck in the crevices. These spaces are also more likely to harbor bacteria that cause tender, sore gums and even lead to gum disease if not treated quickly enough. Invisalign can close these gaps and ensure a straighter, more seamless, and healthier smile!
Normally the upper and lower front teeth touch when the mouth is closed. If this is not the case, it’s called an open bite. Open bites can make chewing or biting certain foods extremely difficult. Invisalign can reposition the bite gradually until all teeth are aligned and sitting straight.
If there isn't enough room in your mouth for your teeth to sit straight, they can bunch up and overlap in uncomfortable ways that make brushing or flossing difficult. This is called crowding. Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you aren’t able to maintain a good oral health care routine at home, plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria begin to build up. Over time, this leads to tooth decay, cavities, and sometimes even gum disease. Usually, Invisalign can fix most cases of crowded teeth. Simply come in to speak with your dentist to see if it’s the right choice for your smile.
Invisalign has transformed over 8 million smiles!
Invisalign is designed from molds of your teeth and are built in layers with photo-sensitive liquid resin. When exposed to a laser, the resin cures into a hard yet flexible thermoplastic called SmartTrack®, which was created exclusively for Invisalign treatment. It's FDA approved too!
The simplest way to keep your aligners clean is to brush them with a soft toothbrush and a mild non-toxic soap each time you remove them from your mouth. If you need to clean them when you’re out and about and don’t have access to your toothbrush, you can also simply rinse the aligners in lukewarm water. Never use hot water or abrasive cleaners; these may warp the plastic of the aligner!
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snuggly to your teeth. Most people will not be able to see your aligners unless they are looking very closely. This is because the clear plastic makes them practically invisible and there are no metal parts that draw attention to your teeth. The result is a seamless smile without the hassle of bulky brackets or wires!
Usually, Invisalign treatment is fairly similar to the cost of braces, but pricing will fluctuate depending on your unique needs. To get an accurate cost estimate, schedule a consultation with your doctor today! Keep in mind that your insurance may also cover some orthodontic treatment, so be sure to call your insurance provider to understand your benefits.
Since Invisalign are removable, it's best to take them out when you eat. This way, you avoid any food getting stuck inside the trays, staining them, and also causing cavities in the long run.
After each meal, you need to brush your teeth before putting the Invisalign back on. If brushing is not an option at that moment, then you should try to at least rinse your mouth so that you remove any food particles stuck in your teeth.
The same goes for drinks - remove the trays before drinking any staining drinks, such as coffee, tea, wine, and juice.
In fact, it's recommended that you drink mostly water during the Invisalign treatment because of the effect that the substances in the other drinks can have on your trays and teeth.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign, apart from the fact that they are transparent, is their flexibility. You can take out your trays whenever you think it's necessary, like when you are eating or drinking anything other than water. You should make sure, however, that you wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day. The longer you wear your Invisalign, the better the treatment will work.
Moreover, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign usually takes 9 to 15 months to straighten your teeth.
Of course, this depends on several considerations such as the severity of your condition before Invisalign, how many hours a day you wear it, gum disease, or if you require any additional treatment such as tooth extractions.
Invisalign has taken braces to another level of convenience and usefulness by being removable, transparent, and easy to use.
Here are some of the problems you can solve with Invisalign:
Crooked teeth - If you want a straighter, more charming smile this is the perfect solution.
Underbite - An underbite occurs when the bottom teeth are in front of the top teeth while biting. With Invisalign, the bottom teeth can move back into place.
Overbite - An overbite is just a reverse underbite, and occurs when the upper teeth are too far forward of the lower teeth when biting. Invisalign can also help move the teeth to their natural placement.
Open bite - An open bite is when the upper teeth don't meet the lower teeth at all when you bite. This can be fixed by moving the teeth into place with Invisalign.
Crossbite - A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth are on the inside of the lower teeth, instead of on the outside as normal. This can lead to chipping and wear of the teeth and even receding gums. Invisalign is often recommended for crossbites.
Crowded Teeth - Teeth get crowded when there is not enough space in the mouth and the teeth start overlapping or twisting to fit on the jaw. People with crowded teeth are more susceptible to developing gum disease as it's more difficult to perform thorough oral hygiene.
Gaps Between Teeth - People with wider gaps between their teeth are also more prone to gum disease as food can get stuck in the gaps and bacteria can accumulate.
Most Invisalign treatments are completed in just 1 year.