Invisalign is a top choice for patients who need orthodontic treatment but don’t want to wear bulky metal braces. This clear aligner therapy is backed by 20 years of research and over 5 million satisfied patients. Is Invisalign right for you? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you learn more about this innovative and highly popular choice for straightening your smile:

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign relies on smooth, low-profile plastic aligners that are custom-fit for your unique set of teeth. Advanced 3D imaging technology is used to design a series of precisely measured plastic molds that will you will wear during treatment. The aligners, which are changed out every couple of weeks, apply gently pressure to your teeth to move them into ideal position.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Each patient is unique. However, the average total treatment time for Invisalign is typically about 12 months.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

A leading advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed for eating and brushing/flossing. However, they shouldn’t be out more than 2 to 4 hours out of your day if you want your treatment to stay on track.

If Invisalign as effective as braces?

Modern Invisalign materials and techniques have shown that it is an effective alternative to traditional braces in nearly all cases. 

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Patients choose Invisalign over metal braces for many reasons, including the following: 

  • No metal or sharp wires that irritate oral tissues
  • No food restrictions
  • No teeth cleaning challenges (less risk for gingivitis, cavities and stains)
  • No embarrassment (clear, discreet design)

Can teens use Invisalign?

Yes! Invisalign Teen is the perfect choice for active, socially-conscious teenagers. Invisalign Teen is specially designed to account for the changing facial structure of adolescent growth.

How often will I need to see the dentist while using Invisalign?

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign won’t need the maintenance and emergency visits that metal braces often demand. A quick office visit every 4-6 weeks is typically all that is needed to keep your treatment going as planned.

Do I qualify for Invisalign?

The only sure way to know if you Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consult with an Invisalign provider. In general, Invisalign is excellent for those who have spacing issues (crowding/gaps) and can also be used for underbites, over bites and crossbites. However, if you have bridgework, back tooth bite issues, canines or premolars that need to be rotated or teeth that need to be moved vertically, you may require an alternative treatment. 

If you have more questions about Invisalign or your treatment options, contact West Hill Family Dental. We love helping patients achieve a straighter and healthier smile with maximum comfort and convenience.