What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you've always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign® depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign® treatment time will be determined by Dr. Firouz based on your specific needs.
How will Invisalign® move my teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign® aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by Dr. Firouz as he maps out your unique Invisalign® treatment plan.
What are the aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign® treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Firouz.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign®?
Invisalign® aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign® a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign® is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And finally, Invisalign® allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Be sure you talk with Dr. Firouz if an Invisalign® treatment is right for you.