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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign is one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatments available. When you begin wearing a set of new aligners, you may feel slight pressure, but this will subside within a day or two.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost can be different for each patient, but Invisalign typically ranges from $3,500 and up. Dr. Sheehan can provide you with a more precise estimate at your consultation.
How do you clean and maintain your Invisalign trays?
Every night, you should rinse your aligners with water and gently brush them to keep them fresh and clean.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign?
Yes, it’s possible. If you wear braces and are curious about getting Invisalign, it’s best to schedule a consultation with us so we can examine your case.
Is Invisalign removable?
Yes, your aligners are completley removable but should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure ultimate success.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks. During your checkup every six to eight weeks, you will pick up the next batch of aligners.
The overall treatment time will vary but typically is between 12 to 18 months.
What can’t I drink and eat while wearing Invisalign?
With Invisalign, you can eat all of your favorite foods because you can easily remove them for each meal.
Can you drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign?
When wearing your 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.
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.