Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners sometimes as few as 10. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you’ll be smiling like you never have before!
The Invisalign Process in 3 easy steps
Step 1: The first step of the Invisalign process is determining whether or not you are a good fit for the treatment. Certified by Align Technology, Dr. Herrmann can provide proper Invisalign diagnosis and treatment.
Step 2: Once you have been approved to receive Invisalign treatment, your personal Invisalign aligners will be custom made using advanced computer technology.
Step 3: From there, each specially calibrated Invisalign aligner will be worn for two weeks. As this process continues, each time an aligner is replaced your teeth will gradually move closer and closer towards the final optimal position.
Answers to common Invisalign Questions
How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?
There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
Can I chew gum?
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
Can I smoke with the aligners in?
We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
How do I keep my aligners clean?
Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
How often do I have to visit your office while wearing Invisalign®?
Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
Does Invisalign work for kids?
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.