Invisalign is a way to straighten your teeth without braces or brackets — by wearing virtually invisible aligners that fit over your teeth. You wear each set of clear aligners for about two weeks, and you take them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Your teeth will move small amounts with each successive aligner, and will keep moving until the final position has been achieved. You will need to come in to see Dr. Ho approximately every 6 weeks to make sure that the teeth are moving as planned.
Your total treatment time will range from around 9 to 15 months, and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30. Obviously these numbers are averages and each patient’s specific progress will depend upon your specific treatment plan.
How does Invisalign work?
Dr. Ho uses 3D computer imaging technology to show you how your teeth will look once the treatment is completed. This same imaging technology is then used to design the series of custom-made aligners that you will wear during treatment. You will wear the aligner for about two weeks while the teeth move incrementally, and after two weeks, the current aligner is replaced with the next one until the final position is achieved.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and nearly invisible, and look similar to clear whitening trays; they are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.
Will the treatment be painful?
Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust to their new position. This is completely normal, and is a good sign that the treatment is working.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
It takes a bit of time to get used to the aligner, but it is very unlikely that your speech will be affected in any way.
How often will I have to wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligner at all times; the treatment only works while you’re wearing the aligners. Dr. Ho recommends that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except of course when you are eating, brushing and flossing.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign costs are similar to what ordinary metal braces would cost. Dr. Ho will be able to give you a better idea once you come in to the office and he has developed your treatment plamn.
Does Invisalign really work?
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
If an insurance plan covers orthodontics, it’s likely that Invisalign will be covered as well. Please be sure to discuss this with our office and your insurance provider to be sure.