Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®

Everybody wants to have a great, beautiful smile. Many adults think they have lost their chance to have straight teeth because they did not have orthodontics as a child. Orthodontics are for any age. You may be one of those adults who are hesitant about using metal brackets and wires to straighten your smile. Don’t worry. With Invisalign®, most people won’t even realize that you are straightening your smile.

What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the leading brand of invisible aligners for teeth. These tight-fitting retainers are custom-made to slip over the teeth.

How Does Invisalign Work?
The aligners are worn throughout the day but can be removed to eat and to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners gently and gradually shift the teeth into place. About every two weeks, our orthodontists will give you your next set of aligners. This allows the teeth to continue to move to their ideal positions. Occasional checkups with our orthodontists, about every six weeks, are necessary.

How Long Does Treatment Take?
Every case is unique. However, adult treatment usually takes about a year. Invisalign treatment for teens is comparable to that of braces.

Invisalign vs. Braces
While traditional braces use brackets and wires, Invisalign is made of clear plastic that is virtually invisible. With braces, oral hygiene becomes more time-consuming and difficult. Invisalign aligners are removable, so brushing and flossing is a breeze. Braces have wires that can poke and irritate the mouth, while Invisalign uses smooth, comfortable plastic. Those who wear braces have many food restrictions, but Invisalign patients can eat whatever they like.

We encourage you to contact Rollins and Petersen Orthodontics today for more information about Invisalign and to schedule a consultation. Our orthodontist and team are excited to help you reach your goals for your smile!