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Thinking of getting Invisalign? Here's what to know.
For those patients (adults or teenagers) that desire a more aesthetic treatment option, Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®.
We have developed this resource page to provide information on these treatment options. Please contact our office to book your free consult and to see if you are a candidate to straighten your teeth without braces!
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign® depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. There are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign®. Invisalign® aligners are also removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would. You’ll visit our office every 6-8 weeks and on average, Invisalign® treatment takes less than a year.
How does Invisalign® work?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign® treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.
Will wearing Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
Invisalign® aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Does Invisalign® really work?
Yes. Over 2 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign®. Invisalign® was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.
What is Invisalign Teen®?
Invisalign Teen® utilizes the exact same technology as Invisalign® but is adapted for the specific needs of teenagers. For example, it is able to compensate for erupting teeth and has the added feature of compliance indicators.