Virtually Invisible Clear Aligners
If you’re looking for a comfortable and discreet alternative to braces, Invisalign may be the dental alignment solution best for you. Invisalign utilizes cutting-edge technology to eliminate the time and hassle it takes to align your teeth and transform your smile.
Whether your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded, or you have a misaligned bite, Invisalign can straighten your smile and adjust your bite to perfection. Unlike traditional braces that can make patients feel self-conscious, Invisalign is nearly invisible to onlookers.
Made of metal wires and brackets, braces can easily break, can lead to complications with dental hygiene, and put many restrictions on your diet. Braces are also generally a longer treatment, while an Invisalign treatment can be completed up to two times faster and in as little as three months.
Beginning Your Invisalign Process
After your consultation with Dr. Sheehan, the first step to your perfect smile is to receive a 3D image of your teeth and gums. With Invisalign®, there is no need to make molds of your teeth because our advanced technology uses these 3D images to monitor the progress of each individual tooth over the course of your treatment.
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Sheehan can use this advanced software to show you how your new aligned smile will look. Once the design of your aligners is completed, they’re masterfully crafted using 3D printing and SmartTrack® material. Once your aligners have been custom-made, all you need to do is wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.
Higher Level of Customization
Unlike other brands, Invisalign® is incredibly comfortable and is precision-trimmed to ensure the aligners don’t cut your gums during use. Each set of new aligners is made just for you and provides your smile with ultimate accuracy as it transforms.
Other clear aligner treatments don’t always have the expertise of a dentist to help guide you through your treatment. In the case of a complication, you can easily come into our Waterford office and have our team examine your progress.
Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Aligners Clean
- Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water, antibacterial soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up.
- Avoid cleaning your aligners with hot water! Extreme temperatures can cause the plastic to deform.
- Take out your aligners before eating or drinking, unless it’s water. This will prevent your aligners from getting misshaped or stained.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth after each meal before putting your trays back in.
- Soak your aligners at least once a day and rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is Invisalign?
Compared to metal braces, Invisalign treatment is one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatments available. When you start wearing a new set of aligners, it’s likely you’ll feel slight pressure and discomfort as your teeth adjust to wearing them. However, this will subside within a day or two.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The average cost of Invisalign treatment varies from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on each patient and their individual case. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sheehan can provide you with a more precise estimate after examining your teeth and oral health.
How do you take care of your Invisalign trays?
Each morning and night, you should take out your Invisalign trays and thoroughly clean both your teeth and aligners. Rinse your trays with water, antibacterial soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep plaque and bacteria from building up.
Also, don’t forget to soak your aligners once a day and rinse them before putting them back into your mouth.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign?
Yes, it’s possible to switch from traditional metal braces to Invisalign clear aligners. It may not be an option for some patients, depending on their case.
If you wear braces and are curious about getting Invisalign, it’s best to schedule a consultation with your Waterford orthodontist so we can examine your teeth and determine if Invisalign treatment will work for you.
Is Invisalign removable?
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable. However, the trays should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure maximum results.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with Invisalign?
Treatment time with Invisalign will vary for each patient, but typically it will take 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth. In some cases, Invisalign can take as little as six months.
Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks, and you’ll pick up a new set of aligners every six to eight weeks. This process will continue until your teeth are properly aligned.
Can you eat and drink while wearing Invisalign?
With Invisalign aligners, you can eat all of your favorite foods as long as you remove them for each snack or meal. Remember to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before putting them back on. Also, it’s best to stick to water when wearing your trays to prevent any discoloration.
Can you drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign?
When wearing your Invisalign aligners, you can drink whatever you’d like. However, when drinking alcohol, we suggest taking out your Invisalign trays to avoid staining from darker beverages like red wine, cranberry juice, dark beer, and more.
Can you drink coffee while wearing Invisalign?
You shouldn’t drink hot coffee or tea with your Invisalign trays in. Due to their hot temperature, these beverages can change the shape of your aligners and impede on your treatment. It’s best to only drink water while wearing Invisalign to prevent staining your aligners.
Request an Appointment Today
At Oakland Family Dental, we pride ourselves in the smiles of our patients. Dr. Sheehan is dedicated to working with you in order to find the dental alignment solution that meets your specific needs. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® or any of our other treatments, please call us or fill out our contact form.