What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system is a series of clear aligners used to straighten teeth. The Invisalign aligners are made after the orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a lab. The lab makes the custom aligners especially for you using computerized technology. After a couple of weeks the clear Invisalign aligners arrive at the office and the first set of Invisalign aligners are tried on your teeth.

The Invisalign aligners are clear and are barely visible to others compared to metal orthodontic Braces with brackets and wires. With the guidance of your dentist, you move to the next set of Invisalign aligners usually after about 3 weeks. The number of Invisalign aligners will depend on the individual patient and the orthodontic problem. The Invisalign aligners are generally fairly comfortable. There can be some discomfort or mild Pain when a new Invisalign aligner is placed as it exerts pressure on the teeth to move them. Unlike traditional metal orthodontic Braces, there are no brackets to come off or wires to break and poke.

There are some disadvantages of Invisalign to consider. The disadvantages of Invisalign may include:

Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. The Invisalign system is for adults and cannot be used if baby teeth remain. Children and younger teenagers will require the more traditional orthodontic Braces with metal brackets and wires.

Also the Invisalign system is designed for only certain tooth movements. Your Orthodontist will need to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign or if you would be better treated with metal Braces or Clear Ceramic Braces. Major tooth movements, skeletal discrepancies, and extensive crown and bridge treatment can influence whether Invisalign is the right choice for you. It may not be.

The cost of Invisalign can sometimes be significantly more than with metal Braces. The computerized custom clear Invisalign Aligners will result in a lab bill for your orthodontist which is passed on to you in the form of your treatment fee. With traditional orthodontic Braces there is the cost of the brackets and wires, but no such lab bill for your Orthodontist to cover.

The Invisalign Aligners are removable and require motivation to be worn consistently. You will need to decide if you have the self discipline to wear the Invisalign Aligners or if you would be better off with non-removable clear Ceramic Braces or Invisible Braces which are hidden on the back of your teeth.

Since the Invisalign Aligners are removable they can be misplaced. Lost Invisalign Aligners may result in an extra charge by your Orthodontist and may delay treatment until your new custom made Invisalign Aligners are replaced. Traditional Braces allow for colors of elastics to be placed on the metal brackets. Some people have fun choosing and changing their colors. For example they choose team colors for football games, or orange and black for Halloween. Invisalign aligners do not involve such traditional colored elastics.

Some patients may experience difficulty adjusting to the feel of the Invisalign Aligners in their mouth. Before spending the cost of the Invisalign treatment, you should decide if you are a patient person who can give some time to adjusting to the new feel of the Invisalign Aligners on your teeth. A few patients may experience some gum irritation with the Invisalign Aligners. You should contact your Orthodontist to discuss the problem if you are having pain of your teeth or gums with Invisalign.

Please contact our office to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. We can be reached at (704) 542-2325.