Invisalign is a way to straighten your teeth without braces or brackets — by wearing virtually invisible aligners that fit over your teeth. You wear each set of clear aligners for about two weeks, and you take them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Your teeth will move small amounts with each successive aligner, and will keep moving until the final position has been achieved. You will need to come in to see Dr. Zimdars approximately every 6 weeks to make sure that the teeth are moving as planned.
Your total treatment time will range from around 9 to 15 months, and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30. Obviously these numbers are averages and each patient’s specific progress will depend upon your specific treatment plan.
Dr. Zimdars uses 3D computer imaging technology to show you how your teeth will look once the treatment is completed. This same imaging technology is then used to design the series of custom-made aligners that you will wear during treatment. You will wear the aligner for about two weeks while the teeth move incrementally, and after two weeks, the current aligner is replaced with the next one until the final position is achieved.
Aligners are clear and nearly invisible, and look similar to clear whitening trays; they are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.