What is Invisalign?

Invisalign invisible braces are a popular treatment among my adult patients. It is an option for those who want a more attractive and straighter smile without the need for hideous metal braces.

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic appliance that is used to close gaps between teeth and to straighten teeth that are crooked. Unlike traditional metal-wire braces, the Invisalign system is completely clear and virtually impossible to notice when in use. My Invisalign patients report that their “clear braces” were not visible to other people. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays that apply pressure to different parts of the teeth to move them into the desired position. They aligners are changed every 2 weeks. Most cases generally take only 5 months to 1 year for the entire treatment process to be completed.

The device can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems, including:
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Prior to treatment, the dentist will first need to take molds of your teeth. The dentist will also take several photographs of your teeth from a variety of different angles. With this information, a 3D computeried model will be made of your teeth and the model is used to simulate how your teeth will be moved to their final position.

One major advantage of the Invisalign sysem over the traditional metal-wire braces is the fact that the they can be removed when necessary. Since you can remove the Invisalign aligners, you can eat with more comfort and you can brush your teeth more thoroughly than you can with traditional braces.

Invisalign system is also more comfortable than using traditional metal-wire braces. The reality is that metal braces can be quite painful and can lead to local inflammation of the gums as well as general irritation to the mouth. Since the Invisalign system does not utilize elastic bands or apply a great deal of tightening force to your teeth, it is far more comfortable than braces. Although you may experience some minor discomfort when you first start using the Invisalign system, most people find this type of aligner to be quite comfortable.

The cost of the Invisalign treatment program varies depending on the severity of your case. For the most part, however, the cost of treatment ranges anywhere from $3000 to $5000. In more severe cases, such as where a great deal of movement is required or where one or more teeth needs to be removed in order to correct the problem, the Invisalign system may not be the right choice. Therefore, it is important to consult with a Thornhill Invisalign dentist in order to determine whether or not the Invisalign system is appropriate for your needs. In our Thornhill Dentist office, we offer FREE consultations and assessments for Invisalign.