Invisalign™ FAQ

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The Invisalign system is a series of clear aligners used to straighten teeth.

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor based on your specific needs.

Will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.

  • Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anything is different, until your new smile is revealed, of course.
  • You can remove your Invisalign aligners, so you can brush and floss regularly and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • You can occasionally remove your Invisalign aligners and enjoy a special night out.
  • There’s no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while still straightening your teeth.
  • Be yourself with Invisalign. Since it’s clear, you don’t have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
  • With Invisalign, it’s easy to make your smile picture perfect for that special occasion.
  • Invisalign appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are clear; no one may even notice that you’re wearing braces, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign does not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. In addition, you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s chair and having to schedule appointments, and more time out doing the things you love. Lastly, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so that you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.

How can Invisalign help my overall health?

Invisalign will straighten your teeth, which will help you keep them clean. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and trap more food and plaque. Plaque leads to gum disease, which is linked to diabetes and heart disease. Did you know that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease? If you are a diabetic, gum disease can make your diabetes worse and vice versa. Gum disease is also linked to an increased risk of stroke and respiratory disease. For women, gum disease increases the risk of having a premature baby, and having a baby of lower birth weight. Visit the American Academy of Periodontology website for more information.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

More than 4,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily. At your next appointment, Dr. Schaeffer can help answer any questions you might have, and get you started on the smile you’ve always wanted.

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