Invisalign® is one of the most popular orthodontic techniques available. Free of metal parts, removable, and designed with your convenience in mind, these clear teeth aligners can straighten misaligned and crooked teeth more inconspicuously, comfortably, and quickly than traditional braces. Our skilled orthodontist, Dr. Kenneth Banasiak, offers Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen at our practice. If you’re considering straightening your teeth, Invisalign® may be able to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always desired.
Many dentists offer Invisalign® at their practices; however, Dr. Banasiak is a specialist in tooth movement, proper jaw growth, and abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. His education, experience, and training can help you obtain the best possible results in a comfortable and professional environment. If you would like to see the difference that an orthodontist—and preferred Invisalign® provider—can make, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a teeth straightening system that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Due to the enhanced comfort and discreet appearance, you may find yourself smiling more often even before treatment is complete. Created with 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign® offers a technologically advanced solution to teeth misalignment. For these reasons and more, Invisalign® is one of the most popular orthodontic techniques in the nation.
Is Invisalign® Right for Me?
Invisalign® can be an excellent option for many patients. The clear aligner trays are nearly invisible, and they can be conveniently removed when you want to eat, drink, brush, or floss. Invisalign® has no metal parts. As a result, you may need fewer adjustments, experience shorter orthodontist appointments, and avoid mouth abrasions that can sometimes be caused by metal brackets and wires. We will customize your treatment plan to suit your needs and goals, and you can view a virtual recreation of the step-by-step process from beginning to projected final result. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, Invisalign® may be right for you.
How Does It Work?
When you arrive for your complimentary initial consultation, Dr. Banasiak will evaluate your oral structures and discuss your orthodontic goals. He will then determine if Invisalign® is an ideal treatment option for your needs and desired outcome. If you are a candidate for Invisalign®, our orthodontist will create a treatment plan customized to achieve the best possible results.
Once a treatment plan is developed, you will wear a series of customized aligner trays that will gradually adjust your teeth toward the final position. Each clear, removable tray should be worn for about two weeks, followed by the next one in the series, continuing until you complete the process. You should wear the aligners at all times except when you are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Treatment times will vary based on your needs and goals, though most patients complete the procedure in 9-15 months.
What Is Invisalign® Teen?
Just like Invisalign®, Invisalign® Teen is an orthodontic technique that can straighten misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners. That means you won’t have a mouth full of metal when you take yearbook pictures, ask someone out on a date, or just live your life. Furthermore, you can remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. There’s no worrying about whether you have pepperoni stuck in metal brackets and wires! Invisalign® Teen is designed with your needs in mind, so it’s easier to clean, more comfortable to wear, and much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Do I Have to Avoid Certain Foods or Activities?
Unlike conventional metal braces that have dietary restrictions, Invisalign® will let you eat what you like, including pizza, popcorn, candy, and corn on the cob. Just make sure you take out the aligners before you chow down! Invisalign® can handle all of your extracurricular activities too. The material is made from durable plastic and the trays will be customized to precisely fit your teeth, so you can practice sports, play music, or just lay around without feeling like braces are getting in the way.
How Do I Take Care of the Aligners?
Keeping your clear aligner trays clean can help you keep your teeth clean, and thus reduce the risk of developing cavities and other types of decay. Fortunately, caring for your Invisalign® system is as easy as caring for your teeth. Simply brush each aligner and rinse with lukewarm (not hot!) water each time you take them out. They will be nice and fresh for you when you put them back in. It’s also important that you brush your teeth after eating or drinking—every time—before putting the aligners back in your mouth. Food residue can lead to bacteria buildup that can affect your teeth and damage or stain your aligners.
Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign® Treatment?
Some patients will need to wear a retainer to help preserve the position of their teeth and to avoid having the bite shift in any way. Some patients will not. Our skilled orthodontist will let you know if a retainer should be part of your treatment plan.
How much Does Invisalign® Cost?
The cost of Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen will vary depending on your unique treatment plan. We offer a wide range of payment options and we can work with you to find a course of action that fits within your budget.
If you have additional questions about Invisalign®, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Banasiak, please contact us today.