You won’t have to make major changes to your lifestyle, and most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!
Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional metal bracket braces and can give you stunning results.
The Invisalign system is made of clear, lightweight plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and
are designed to straighten your smile. They’re removable, making it easier to eat, drink, brush and floss.
At your initial consultation at The Smile Patio Orthodontics, we'll take photos and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. Using these images, we’ll create your first set of custom-fitted aligners and start straightening your teeth.
You’ll probably wear Invisalign aligners for 18-24 months, and will typically use 30-50 sets during your treatment. You wear the trays for about 22 hours a day but can remove them for brushing your teeth and eating.
Dr. Albaugh will let you know the specifics of your treatment plan based on your individual needs. You’ll start to notice a change in just a few months!
A Modern Approach
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. It uses a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
Wearing the aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Albaugh plans for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten with Invisalign treatment at The Smile Patio Orthodontics. You just pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
Dr. Albaugh has a lot of experience treating patients with Invisalign, and we’re excited to offer this technology to our Vista braces patients.
Differences Between Invisalign & Braces
Unlike traditional braces, smooth plastic Invisalign aligners don't have metal components that can irritate your mouth.
Because they’re removed when you eat, you won't have to watch what you eat like you would when wearing braces – bring on the popcorn and peanuts.
In fact, the aligners must be removed for eating and for drinking anything other than water.
To prevent staining, you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting the aligners back on after each time you eat.
Of course, brushing and flossing are much easier than with traditional braces, since you don’t have to work around any brackets and wires.
It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, as recommended by Dr. Albaugh, so they can straighten your teeth effectively. But, with Invisalign, you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Like with traditional braces, you’ll generally need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment to maintain your new alignment—and your confident new smile.