What is Invisalign®?
Clear, custom trays, also known as clear-aligner treatment, are orthodontic devices that are transparent, plastic form of dental braces that are used to move and adjust teeth. The trays are worn for about 21-22 hours a day. The trays are changed to a new set every 1-2 weeks depending on the patient’s age and other factors.
What are the advantages of Invisalign®?
- Easier to clean teeth with flossing and brushing without wires in the way of the mouth
- Relatively more comfortable than wearing metal braces
- They’re relatively invisible!
Having straighter, more functional teeth is scientifically proven to improve the health of your gums, your teeth, and most importantly, your overall health. Talk to your dentist for more information about your smile. We offer a free Invisalign consultation and digital scan of your teeth. Book now for an appointment.
How Does Invisalign® Work to Straighten Your Teeth?
On the first visit, a digital scan (see technology icon for more information of scanner) is taken of your mouth, along with some facial photography and sent over electronically to Invisalign to produce a custom-designed, virtual simulation treatment plan of how your teeth will move from tray-to-tray sequence. In this visit, we’ll also do a check-up on the condition of your teeth and gums, and to be able to determine the relationship of how your top and bottom teeth bite with each other.
Conditions of your teeth include:
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Teeth that are worn down from grinding and clenching
Abnormal relationship of upper and lower teeth include:
- Deep bite
- Cross bite
On the day we deliver you your trays, we will bond some white-filling composite material over certain, selected teeth. We may also open up some spaces in between teeth using sandpaper to allow certain teeth that are crowded, the opportunity to move into proper position. You may also be required to wear elastic bands on certain teeth to assist in the movement.
On the final day of treatment, we’ll deliver you vivera retainers that you’ll be required to wear every night in order to maintain the teeth in their position.