Does Invisalign Really Help Straighten Your Teeth?



Invisalign® can straighten your teeth and correct several types of bite issues without the need for metal brackets and wires. The clear aligner trays are subtle, comfortable, and effective. You can achieve a straighter, healthier smile in only six to 18 months.

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Subtly Straighten Your Teeth with Customized Invisalign®

If you want to straighten your teeth without metal braces, you may benefit from Invisalign®. Your local dentist can provide a series custom-made, clear aligner trays, crafted specially for your teeth. The trays will be virtually undetectable and can gently guide your dental arches into straighter, healthier positions. Invisalign® can be more convenient and comfortable than traditional orthodontics, and can typically provide your desired results in about a year.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign®?

Clear aligner trays can provide subtle, discreet treatment.


Invisalign® may be suitable if you struggle with mild to moderate misalignment, and issues such as:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Small gaps
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crowding

The treatment can also correct forms of malocclusion. These problems include underbites, overbites, crossbites, or open bites. Dr. Hine will determine your candidacy for treatment with a thorough evaluation. At this appointment, he will look at patterns of wear and the positions of your teeth. He will also consider any chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Bruxism may affect your candidacy for treatment, since the pressure on your teeth can wear through your aligners.

Before you can undergo orthodontia, Dr. Hine will need to address current decay, gum disease, and related problems with restorative care. In addition, if your concerns are minor, we may suggest veneers as a quicker alternative to orthodontic treatment.

The Benefits of Invisalign®


The most important benefit of Invisalign® is that the cosmetic treatment is highly effective. The trays can correct many of the same issues as traditional braces. When you wear your retainer as directed, the results should last the rest of your life. As the name implies, Invisalign® trays are virtually invisible. Thanks to this innovative treatment, you can straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious about metal brackets and wires. Most patients also find Invisalign® to be more comfortable than braces. The trays are typically gentler on teeth, and they will not irritate your lips and cheeks like metal brackets. In addition, Invisalign® is convenient. Because you can remove the trays to eat, you will rarely face dietary restrictions. You also will not need to make as many trips to the dentist as you would with standard braces.


What to Expect from Invisalign® Treatment

After determining your candidacy for Invisalign®, your local dentist will begin planning your treatment. First, they will take highly accurate impressions of your teeth. They will use these impressions to design a series of aligner trays to fit comfortably around your teeth. The planning stage will take about two hours. When the designs are finished, they will be sent to an Invisalign® lab, where technicians will craft your trays to your exact specifications. As soon as your trays arrive in the dentist’s office, you can begin wearing the first tray in your series. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving onto the next tray in the series. The gentle force from smooth plastic appliances will gradually reposition your dental arches. You can remove the aligners to eat and brush your teeth, but should wear them 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal results. Treatment time is different for each patient. However, on average, Invisalign® treatment takes 12 to 18 months. After you complete treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your results.

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