​​What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are specially crafted to perfectly fit a patient’s mouth and gradually shift their teeth into place for a stellar smile. These aligners are virtually invisible and completely customized to you for ultimate comfort. They are printed in a state-of-the-art thermoplastic that will fit snugly over your teeth based on a 3D scan we take of your mouth during your visit. 3D scans allow us to see every groove of your teeth and area of your mouth so we can create an appliance that is both comfortable and functional.

Throughout your treatment in Invisalign, you will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks that have been altered slightly to move your teeth in the right direction until you achieve your desired results. Not only do these aligners have an aesthetic appeal, they also allow patients more freedom than ever during treatment. You can easily remove Invisalign for pictures, eating, brushing your teeth, and more. It’s important to remember that while you can remove your aligners whenever it’s convenient, you have to keep them in for at least 20-22 hours a day for maximum results.

If you are looking for a discreet corrective treatment that is comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing, Invisalign may be the perfect appliance for your needs. To learn more about this life-changing appliance or to schedule your first visit, contact our office today and one of our knowledgeable team members will help you start your journey to a healthier smile.

How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?

It’s easy to take care of your Invisalign aligners and protect your treatment progress. It’s essential that you keep your aligners clean during your process so that no harmful bacteria sits on your teeth and causes tooth decay or even loss. To keep your aligners clean and your teeth healthy, take time after you brush and floss your teeth to brush your aligners out with your toothbrush and warm water.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

At Stellar Smiles Ortho, we believe every member of our community deserves a smile that inspires confidence and improves their health. This is why we work with our patients to provide flexible financing plans so they can more easily budget for this life-changing treatment. In addition to these financing plans, we work with many insurance providers to ensure you pay as few out-of-pocket fees as possible.

How Will Invisalign Affect My Lifestyle?

Invisalign should have very little impact on your lifestyle other than creating a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Patients love how much freedom they experience during Invisalign treatment because the aligners are easily removable and virtually invisible.

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Aligners for Each Day?

Invisalign treatment is most effective when you wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. By wearing your Invisalign for most of the day, you are ensuring there is constant pressure to gradually shift your teeth into the correct place for you to achieve your dream results. If you leave your aligners out for too long, then your teeth may begin to shift back into their original positions and your treatment time will be lengthened.

For our younger patients, Invisalign has created compliance indicators that they’ve placed on the back of the aligners so parents and orthodontists can see how frequently the aligners are worn. Over the course of two weeks, the compliance indicator will fade as the patient consistently wears their Invisalign.

Are There Any Food Restrictions with Invisalign?

No! You can enjoy all of your favorite treats while working toward the smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike braces, you don’t have to worry about poking wires or breaking brackets because you can easily remove your aligners to eat. While you can eat whatever you like, it’s essential that you put your aligners back in when you’re done to protect your treatment progress.

Do I Still Need to See My Dentist While Wearing Invisalign?

While it may seem like they have similar specialties, dentists and orthodontists focus on different aspects of your oral health. It’s important that you maintain your great oral health while in Invisalign, so you should continue attending your dentist appointment as well as your appointments with our office. Luckily, Invisalign patients have fewer visits than braces patients because there’s no need for frequent manual adjustments.