Invisalign

ABOUT FACES AND BRACES is excited to offer Invisalign® clear aligners, the increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Revolutionizing the industry, Invisalign® clear aligners offer an expedient and invisible orthodontic treatment with less discomfort than ever before.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign in an alternative orthodontic treatment that allows patients to straighten their teeth with minimal discomfort or lifestyle change, in a shortened time frame. Also, as the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to brush and floss your teeth with much more ease as opposed to wearing metal braces.

  • A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.

  • More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still drink soda, bite into an apple, or consume sticky candies.

  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.

  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin night-guards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

So How Does It Work?

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often must I wear my aligners?
A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?
A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Q. Can I chew gum?
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?
A. Regular office visits are every ten to twelve weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?
A. Yes, depending on the eruption of their permanent teeth. If certain teeth are not fully erupted then traditional braces may be the best option.