On this page, we answer common questions we hear from our patients about the adult Invisalign treatment. Get the answer you want from the Invisalign Adults FAQs.
Yes, Invisalign is just a different method for straightening teeth. Just like there are some cases that are better treated with metal braces, there are also cases where Invisalign is a better option. Invisalign has been the orthodontic treatment of choice for over four million patients.
Occasionally a case will be better treated with traditional metal braces, but most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. Drawing on his extensive experience with both Invisalign and braces, our doctors will provide with you a more specific recommendation following an analysis of your individual orthodontic needs during a free consultation.
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by our doctors; however, most Invisalign cases are completed between 6 to 12 months, with some simple cases wrapping up in under 6 months.
Invisalign retainers are made from a patented, lightweight, BPA-free plastic material that is designed to fit precisely in the patient’s mouth. This wafer thin medical material is completely clear and effectively invisible. Although there may be occasional discomfort due to the snug fit of starting with a new set of aligners, patients don’t have to worry about the more regular irritation and inconvenience of metal braces.
Invisalign has been available to adults since 1998, and Invisalign Teen was introduced in the summer of 2008.
Invisalign has been used to treat a wide array of malocclusions from very simple to severe, including crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, deep bite, open bite, midline shift, and crossbite. The technology behind Invisalign has made great strides in just the past 2 years and is now able to treat complex cases that just a couple of years ago were not candidates. The best way to answer this question is by being evaluated by an Orthodontic Specialist like our doctors.