Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every 2 weeks, your teeth will gradually move towards the projected final position. Unlike traditional braces, since they are removable, you can take them out to enjoy your food and to properly clean your teeth.
Why Invisalign treatment by orthodontist?
Not all Invisalign providers are orthodontists.
Some general dentists or online companies offer braces or aligners. However, only an orthodontist who has taken the additional 3 years of advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves an orthodontic specialist or be a member of the AAO. Only the best ones get selected into highly competitive Orthodontic programs to become orthodontists, and so only 7% of dentists are orthodontists.
It’s not worth the risk of permanent damage to your face and smile to allow anyone who isn’t an orthodontist to attempt to move your teeth. By selecting an AAO orthodontist, you are choosing a specialist who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.
Look for the AAO logo at your orthodontist’s office, or locate an AAO orthodontist using ‘Find an Orthodontist’ at aaoinfo.org/truth.
What is the timeline for Invisalign treatment?
Initial consultation with orthodontist
3D scan of your teeth
2-4 weeks later
'stripping' of teeth on some teeth, as needed
every 6-8 weeks
Mild cases (6-12 months)
Moderate (12-24 months)
Severe (24+ months)
End of treatment
every 3-6 months
Retainers must be worn full-time for first 4 months
then every night afterwards
Invisalign VS. braces?
Easy to clean teeth
Need to wear
22+ hours a day
Not feasible for