What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign ® is a way to straighten your teeth using a material that is virtually invisible! Invisalign® is also known by many as Invisible Braces, Clear Braces, Adult Braces, Adult Orthodontics.
Invisalign ® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. These removable aligners are replaced every so often until the teeth are in the desired position.
Invisalign ® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. orthodontists are certified to treat patients with Invisalign®.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. It is best if they are worn for at least 22 hourse per day.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the desired position.
It is important that patients visit the dental practice about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your Invisalign® orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned.
Total treatment time averages 9-15 months, and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
How Are Invisalign® Aligners Made?
The aligners are made using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology.