Dental Care

Invisible Dental Braces and Your Smile

Invisible dental braces, like those from the Invisalign-brand, offer a welcome alternative to the metal braces that clutter up your smile with metal and bands.

What a relief it is to find a product that makes straightening your teeth so much easier! 

Most people report that these clear, plastic braces go virtually undetected by casual contacts throughout their daily routines.  Only someone close in your network of family and friends who comes right into your personal space would notice that you are wearing invisible dental braces. 

When you opt for Invisalign, you are actually buying a series of invisible dental braces, each created to take you through progressive phases of teeth straightening and alignment. 

Your dentist can install them to correct overbites, underbites, or crossbites.  They are also useful whether your teeth are crowded together or spaced too far apart.  And if you already spent time in braces but have noticed your teeth shifting, Invisalign braces can provide just the right touch to restore that perfect look. 

Wearers notice far less discomfort with these invisible dental braces than with standard metal braces.  For starters, they are not cemented to your teeth.  They look like the kind of dental trays used for teeth whitening processes. 

You use invisible dental braces by leaving them on your teeth for 22 hours out of the entire day -you have to take them off at mealtime. You can also remove them to clean them. 

Compared to other braces, you can expect Invisalign braces to be a comfortable and convenient alternative to standard braces.  But you've got to remain committed to keeping them in your mouth throughout the day and all night! 

Patients notice that new sets are tighter -that is part of the straightening process- but pain is not associated with this product. 

Most users give Invisalign an overall rating of high satisfaction, but for some people standard metal braces might achieve a better outcome.  Failure of invisible dental braces to work as expected most often relates to the wearer's misuse of the product. 

An additional benefit of invisible dental braces is the reduced number of mouth irritations and sores regularly caused by standard braces.  And since you can remove Invisalign to clean your teeth, people using them maintain better oral hygiene throughout the entire straightening process. 

If you want to investigate the possibility of using Invisalign, your first step involves asking your dentist if he has had the special training that is required of all Invisalign providers. 

Dentists who want to remain designated as Preferred Providers must also submit regular proof of continuous training in the processes and procedures of treating their patients who wear Invisalign braces. That is because the company expects a high standard of care from authorized providers.


Your initial consultation will be free.  Once you make the decision to proceed with Invisalign braces, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth.  The impression is submitted to a computer to create a series of braces that will take your teeth through the stages necessary to become straightened. 

The dentist will schedule your appointments -three to eight weeks apart- when you will come in and have your current braces exchanged for the next set in the series.  Through this process, the alignment of your teeth gradually becomes corrected.

The possibility exists that you might be one of the rare individuals for whom your dentist recommends standard braces.  People who are not good candidates include those whose teeth need to be moved into or out of the gums.  Invisalign braces do not work for teeth that need to be rotated, and they cannot alter your dental arch. 


The cost runs from $2,500 to $6,000, depending on the number of teeth that must be straightened and the length of time it takes to complete the process.  If your dental insurance covers regular braces, it will most likely provide the same monetary benefit toward the cost of Invisalign. 

Most dentists will direct you to Care Credit, an agency that finances health care prepayment needs, to arrange the remainder of the cost.

Duration and Aftercare

The process takes anywhere from 9 to 18 months. The average length of treatment is a year. If you require pre-alignment, allow for an additional 4 months at the beginning of treatment.

Patients also receive myotherapy, which teaches them better positioning of the tongue and lips to go with straightened teeth.  Sometimes retainers are utilized following treatment. 

Invisalign braces are appropriate for teens that have lost all baby teeth.  They also work for adults who have noticed that their teeth have shifted a little bit over the years. 

You can feel confident using invisible dental braces of Invisalign, composed of a heat-treated synthetic polyurethane resin material

The company follows all government regulatory requirements in their manufacture; Invisalign braces meet all biocompatibility standards, containing neither phthalates nor Bisphenol A. 


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