Invisalign is a particularly attractive option for adults and teenagers wishing to straighten their teeth without the more obvious metal brackets and wires. Invisalign moves your teeth gradually via a clear aligner - similar to a retainer, which is virtually unnoticeable. It is easier to take care of your teeth with Invisalign since the aligner can be removed for brushing, flossing and eating. Invisalign can also be more comfortable than traditional braces since the patient does not have to worry about poking wires or loose brackets.
However, it is important that the patient wears the aligner throughout the day and night, otherwise the treatment cannot be effective. If patients are tempted not to wear their aligners on a regular basis, Invisalign may not be the best choice for them.
If the patient and doctor decide that Invisalign is the best choice, Dr. Hardyk will make a series of custom aligners for the patient using advanced computer technology. The patient will wear their custom-made aligner for one week, and then replace it with another one, gradually adjusting the teeth to the correct position. Treatment times with Invisalign are usually similar to those of traditional orthodontic brackets.
Depending on the patient's insurance, Invisalign can be just as affordable as traditional braces.