What is Invisalign?

When it comes to straightening teeth for busy, working professionals, Invisalign is one of the most favored ways to correct orthodontic issues. Preferred by adults and teenagers, Invisalign is an orthodontic system that discreetly aligns teeth to straighter and healthier positions without the need for fixed orthodontic appliances.Available to the public since the 1990s, Invisalign was developed and designed by graduate students at Stanford University. Their intent was to create a new approach to straightening teeth by focusing on comfort and inconspicuous materials. Since its invention, Invisalign has helped millions of people achieve straight, beautiful smiles.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

The underlying principle behind all orthodontic treatment is to utilize force to gradually move teeth over time. The application of consistent force will correct tooth alignment issues including gaps and crowding along with overlapped and crooked teeth. Receiving Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of form fitting oral appliances called aligners. Made from soft and slightly pliable plastics, aligners are clear and incredibly discreet.

A set of aligners is custom made for each person receiving treatment. Each set is worn for two weeks and then exchanged for a slightly tighter set. Over the course of treatment, as aligners apply consistent force, teeth will become straighter and better positioned. Treatment times differ from patient to patient. The average duration of treatment is nine months to a year.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is advantageous for a few distinct reasons. The clear construction of the aligners makes for very discreet treatment. In fact, most people may not even notice that a person is wearing Invisalign aligners. On top of enjoying inconspicuous orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is comfortable. Unlike traditional braces with brackets and wires that can scrape against and cut into the gums and other soft oral tissues, the plastic construction of Invisalign will not irritate or cut sensitive oral tissues.

Since the aligners are removable for meals and oral hygiene, Invisalign treatment will not disrupt your daily life. This means that patients can eat, brush, and floss without difficulty or obstruction.

Why a Straight Smile is Important

Having a straight smile certainly improves ones attractiveness and confidence but there are also oral health benefits to properly positioned and aligned teeth. When teeth are spaced correctly, cleaning between them is much easier. Since a straightened smile makes for easier and more thorough oral hygiene, patients can greatly reduce their risks for developing dental caries and periodontal disease.

To learn more about Invisalign, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bicakci to find out if this treatment option is right for you. Call us today to reserve your appointment.

What our Patients Say

  • I have been here 3 times – once for a consultation/care plan and the next 2 for deep cleanings. I will be back for sure. Great staff, very comfortable environment, and doesn’t feel like a dentists office (which is a plus for me)

    Alya J.
  • If you want a Hollywood smile, you should visit this dental office!!!

    Yarynka S.

Meet your Prosthodontists

Drs Nihal and Hirant Bicakci, who are both Prosthodontists, have more than eighteen years of dental experience and they dedicate their skills, expertise and education to create the perfect and healthy smiles.

Common Questions

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that does not rely on fixed oral appliances. Instead, patients receiving treatment will wear removable appliances made of clear plastic. These appliances are called aligners. Like traditional braces that utilize brackets and ligatures, aligners apply consistent force to teeth to facilitate their movement over time. A set of aligners is custom made for each patient and a new set is worn every two weeks. Each subsequent set of aligners is tighter than the set worn before.  By the time treatment is complete, patients will have a noticeably straighter looking smile.

Average cost of Invisalign for adults?

The cost of Invisalign depends on the unique needs of each person. Those requiring more lengthy treatment will obviously incur a higher cost than those with only minor orthodontic problems and a shorter treatment plan. Our team will help you navigate through the costs of treatment and provide estimates based on your situation after a consultation.

Should I Get Invisalign?

If you want to achieve a healthier and straighter looking smile, Invisalign may be a great treatment option. Invisalign is ideal for adults – especially those who want to take a discreet approach to orthodontic treatment. The clear aligners used to straighten teeth are virtually unnoticeable to others. The only way to be sure if this treatment option is right for your needs is to schedule a consultation with our prosthodontist. At your appointment, we will evaluate the positioning of your teeth and discuss any questions or concerns you have. After meeting with our doctor, our team can determine what type of results you can expect from Invisalign and if this orthodontic system is best for your situation.

How long is the treatment?

Invisalign treatment varies from person to person. Some patients may only require treatment for 9 months while others may need to wear aligners for about a year or longer. Patients with very minor tooth alignment problems can sometimes complete treatment in as little as six months. After an examination with our prosthodontist, our team can give you an estimated treatment time frame based on the positioning of your teeth.