Invisalign FAQ’s – Part 1

In some cases a beautiful smile and good bite is possible without using traditional braces.  Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, can move teeth to improve their alignment and correct some bite problems.  At Mountain Orthodontics we use a variety of different appliances to move teeth and clear aligners is one of them.  Here are some Invisalign FAQ’s to see if this treatment is right for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that uses transparent aligners to correct and straighten your teeth.  They work very similarly to traditional braces without the use of wires or brackets.  The aligners are made from a patented material that contains no harmful chemicals, such as latex.

Invisalign aligners are designed specifically for each patient.  A digital map of your teeth is used to form a set of aligners that will apply pressure in designated areas to straighten your teeth.  This is all based on a treatment plan that has been specifically designed for you by Dr. Ball.

How Do the Aligners Work?

The Invisalign process works very similar to the traditional braces method.  There is a series of aligners, each designed to put gentle force on your teeth in different areas to slowly bring them into alignment.  The main advantage of Invisalign is that the appliances are clear.

Aligners are changed about every 10 days to two weeks so that they put pressure on your teeth as long as needed.  Dr. Ball will monitor your progress at regular intervals to make sure the teeth are tracking in the aligners properly.  If adjustments to the process are needed she will let you know.

With proper use the incremental changes will begin to straighten your teeth, leaving you with a beautiful smile.

Why Use Invisalign Instead of Traditional Braces?

Invisalign offers a wide range of benefits when compared to traditional braces.  Some of these include:

  • The clear retainers are more esthetic than traditional braces.
  • Comfort based problems. Invisalign does not use metal or wire, so they avoid any discomfort associated with sharp or protruding metal edges.
  • Food restrictions. There are no food restrictions with Invisalign because you remove the aligners when eating.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Work?

Invisalign aligners need to be worn on average between 20 to 22 hours a day.  You also need to switch the aligners every week or two, depending upon the advice of your orthodontist.  The overall length of treatment is determined by the complexity of your case and how well you where your aligners.

Invisalign can be an excellent alternative to traditional braces.  If you are in Squamish or Whistler and have been thinking about orthodontic treatment, please feel free to call for an appointment to discuss your various treatment options.