Invisalign was developed in 1997, and so far over 9 million people — including 1.4 million teenagers — have successfully completed orthodontic treatment using Invisalign technology. Instead of traditional braces, Invisalign technology uses clear, thin, and flexible aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and apply carefully-controlled forces to gradually move teeth to their ideal alignment. Invisalign aligners are made of medical-grade thermoplastic that are free of BPA, BPS, Latex and gluten. Invisalign aligners are the only type of orthodontic aligners to use SmartTrack technology, making them more comfortable to wear and easier to put on and remove.
What are the major benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional braces?
- Virtually invisible
- Faster and more predictable results (average treatment time about 6-12 months)
- Easily removable for eating, drinking and cleaning (flossing and brushing)
- Aligner trimmed to your gum line for optimal comfort and appearance
- No food restrictions
- Teeth Grinding Protection
Steps in Invisalign Treatment:
STEP 1: Set up a free consultation with your Invisalign-trained dentist
- Discuss goals and expectations for your new smile.
- Your dentist will capture a 3D image of your teeth with Itero Element Scan in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign and show you on the simulator what the transformation will look like.
Learn more about Itero digital Scan and 3D Smile Simulation:
STEP 2: Check up and Treatment Plan
- Before any orthodontic work begins, we will do a checkup to make sure you have no caries nor any gum or periodontal diseases.
- Proprietary ClinCheck software maps out a customized digital treatment plan to ensure every tooth moves in the right order and at the right time.
STEP 3: Start wearing aligner trays
- The movement of your teeth will be broken down into many stages and a pair of unique aligners (for both top and bottom teeth) will be created for each stage. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually move your teeth until you reach your beautiful new smile.
- You will wear each set of aligners for a minimum of 20 hours a day, changing to the next set in your series every 1 to 2 weeks.
- Schedule checkup appointments with your dentist every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress and to pick up your next set of aligners.
Optional: In certain cases, your dentist will place SmartForce attachments (tiny tooth-colored shapes) on your teeth. These attachments act as “handles” to help the aligners make complex tooth movements possible without braces.
Timeframe for Invisalign:
The total cost and timeframe of your Invisalign smile journey will depend on your individual circumstances and desired outcomes. Whether your case involves a few minor tweaks or extensive adjustments, we customize the treatment plan to help you achieve the smile you deserve!
|Scope of Treatment||Average duration|
|Light||Limited anterior case.
Up to 10 trays (upper & lower)
|Invisalign Go. Ideal for moderate crowding or spacing (no molar movement).
Up to 20 trays
|Treats full arch to improve the occlusion for optimal function and esthetics. Up to 40 trays.||
Your Orthodontic Treatment at Parkview Dental Includes:
- Comprehensive Orthodontic Exam
- Professional Dental Photographs
- iTero Digital Scans & Report
- All periodic appointments & aligner checks
- Any interproximal reduction necessary
- Attachment bonding & materials
- Removal of Attachments & de-bonding
- Vivera Retainers ($400 value)
- Professional-grade whitening gel
Every smile is unique. So is every budget.
- Orthodontic Insurance Coverage
- In-house flexible payment options
- Are you ready to try on your new Invisalign smile? Click HERE or scan the QR code below to get started!
Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign
1. What common dental issues can Invisalign resolve?
- Besides improving appearance and instilling confidence in your smile, Invisalign also corrects poor teeth alignment that can compromise the health of your teeth. For example, crowded teeth, which are difficult to brush and floss properly, can greatly increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Poor bite alignment (overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite…) can lead to chronic jaw pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), grinding and clenching at night, and excessive wear-and-tear on your teeth.
- Additional Resources:
- 1. “Ask the Dentist” Blog: Can Invisalign correct your bite?
- 2. “Straight Teeth: It’s More Than Just Cosmetics” by Invisalign
2. Is Invisalign treatment painful?
You may feel a lot of “pressure” on your teeth during the first couple of days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is completely normal and simply indicates that your aligners are gripping your teeth to move them. We recommend putting in your new set of aligners before going to bed so that the initial discomfort will be less noticeable during sleep. You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain as needed, but avoid Ibuprofen (Motrin) as it has been shown to inhibit teeth movement. The discomfort will diminish over the course of the week, indicating the movement has taken place and the aligners are now holding the teeth in their new positions. Sometimes you may feel as though your teeth are loose or sensitive when you bite down into harder foods. This is due to your bone and gums re-forming around each tooth as it moves.
3. How long do I need to wear the aligners?
4. How to care for my teeth during Invisalign treatment?
5. How to clean your aligners?
6. What if my aligners are lost or damaged?
Are you interested in finding out more about Invisalign and whether it is the right choice for you? Parkview Dental Associates, SC, has proudly served Sun Prairie, Deforest, Madison, Winsor and the surrounding communities since 1969. We take great pride in providing top-notch preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services to our patients. All of our dentists are Invisalign-trained. Call 608-837-7394 today to schedule a FREE Invisalign Consultation!
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