Invisalign® (sometimes referred to as clear braces) is a method of orthodontic therapy promoted as an “invisible” way of straightening teeth without using traditional braces. It instead uses a series of clear custom-fabricated aligners designed to gradually and sequentially move teeth to their desired positions.
The Invisalign® method of aligning teeth and improving smiles is a modern orthodontic technology that is extremely popular throughout Canada, the United States, and around the world. It has been around since the late 1990s and been used by over 1 million patients including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Heidi Klum, and Katherine Heigl. Because Invisalign® is clear, most patients undergo treatment without anyone noticing!
The aligners are made of an FDA approved, medical grade plastic that is customized to fit your teeth. About every two weeks, there is a new aligner that fits your teeth slightly differently from the previous one to gradually improve alignment. Just like regular braces that place pressure on the teeth all the time, Invisalign must be worn for as close to full-time as possible. The general rule is for 20-22 hours per day, allowing time for brushing, flossing, and eating.
Invisalign® is suitable for both adults and teens, to address most orthodontic problems such as: crowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite and crossbite. Treatment time is comparable, or often shorter than treatment with traditional braces.
During your initial visit our specialist can determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment with Invisalign®. Dr. Luis is a distinguished Invisalign® Elite Premier Provider in North America, a member of “a select group of doctors who have achieved an exceptional level of Invisalign® experience.”