Invisalign® aligners are clear tooth-straightening devices for both teens and adults that are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that is nearly undetectable in your mouth. They are easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing, and are comfortable and custom fit for your specific teeth. Most patients wear them for about 12 months and they are typically covered by most dental insurance policies. The clear aligners are worn day and night, removed only for eating or maintaining your teeth.
Only dentists that have been trained and certified can provide treatment with Invisalign®. If you are determined to be a candidate, you will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks, during which time your teeth will shift gradually in a series of precise increments. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
First, your dentist will create a 3-D image of your teeth by taking x-rays, pictures and impressions, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, your doctor will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
Next, you will receive your custom aligners based on your personalized treatment plan. A series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign®, or if you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for this state-of-the-art procedure, please contact us today by Requesting an Appointment Online, or via phone at (207) 947 – 0717! We look forward to serving all your tooth-straightening needs.