Invisalign® in Raleigh NC
Do you want beautiful straight teeth but cannot imagine life with braces? Have you already had braces and are looking for an alternative solution? Consider Invisalign! We can determine if Invisalign is a good option for you during a complimentary consultation.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a series of invisible “aligners” custom fabricated using 3D computer-aided design and manufacturing technology. With Invisalign, you have the option to view the 3D images of your tooth movement before starting treatment so you can see how your teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
The clear aligners are removed when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This allows freedom in food options and ease with hygiene. The aligners are smooth and are often considered more comfortable than traditional braces. Typically, appointments are shorter because there are no wires to adjust. And appointments are scheduled at 12-15 week intervals instead of the 4-6 week intervals that are necessary with braces.
How does it work?
Each set of upper and lower aligners has a small amount of built-in tooth movement. Patients are asked to wear their aligners for 20 hours per day for 7 days. After 7 days, you change into the next set of aligners. As you move through the series of aligners, you will notice your teeth straightening little by little until the alignment is complete.
The number of total aligners and the length of treatment varies for each patient depending on the severity of the problem and the desired final result. Total treatment time is often similar to that with traditional braces.