What is Invisalign and how does it work?
lnvisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces.
Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign creates a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, moving to the next set, until your teeth are straight.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Nearly invisible – You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Removable – You can still eat and drink what you want. Better oral hygiene – You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Comfortable – There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
Does Invisalign work? Is it effective?
Yes. With more than 70% of all U.S. and Canadian orthodontists already certified to treat patients with Invisalign, it has been proven effective in both clinical research and in private practices nationwide.
Pictures of completed cases may be viewed at www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/braces-before-and-after.
What are the aligners made of?
Aligners are made of a clear, thin medical-grade polymer that is virtually invisible when worn.
Has Invisalign been reviewed by the FDA?
Yes, the FDA has cleared the Invisalign System as a Class 1 medical device for orthodontic treatment for prescription use.
Will it work for me?
Yes, Invisalign will work for you. It is effective for a wide range of people, including those whose teeth are too crowded, who have gaps between teeth, an overbite, a deep bite or whose teeth may have shifted since wearing braces.
To find out how Invisalign can work for you, schedule an initial screening with an Invisalign-trained orthodontist. Most orthodontists offer free screenings. Yes, if your teeth, including second molars, have grown in fully.
Does Invisalign work for teenagers or kids?
Invisalign is for adults and teens whose teeth are fully grown in.
What is the process for getting Invisalign?
Schedule an appointment with an Invisalign-trained orthodontist, who can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.
Then, your orthodontist writes a treatment plan and submits it to Invisalign, along with X-rays and an impression of your teeth. Using 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign translates the treatment plan into a series of precisely-customized aligners. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, moving to the next set, until your teeth are straight. You return for appointments typically once every six weeks. This is the only way your doctor can be sure that the treatment is progressing as planned.
Does a doctor need any special training to treat with Invisalign?
Yes. Dr. Westmoreland has been through extensive training to offer you this service.