Our Invisalign® Premier Providers can help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, without the lengthy time, discomfort and aesthetic drawbacks of traditional braces. We have three convenient treatment locations in Milwaukee, Racine, and Brookfield. And we offer complimentary Invisalign® consultations to see if it’s right for you.
What Is It?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that offers the outcomes of braces but without many of the perceived drawbacks. Using 3D digital scanning technology, a series of custom-made aligners are made that fit over the teeth. The aligners are clear, removable, and gently shift teeth into place, so there are no metal brackets and wires, and no issues with having food stuck in your braces.
The two benefits that most Invisalign® wearers like best are that Invisalign® retainers are practically invisible and that they are removable. So, users don’t need to feel self-conscious about wearing braces, and they don’t need to try and eat or floss with them on.
How Does It Work?
After an initial visit to capture 3D digital scans of the teeth, a series of retainers is made. The retainers are engineered from a strong, clear material that allows them to be worn over the teeth and gently move teeth into proper alignment and space.
Users progress through the series of retainers, typically moving up to the next set of aligners on a weekly basis, as their teeth are gently shifted into place. Retainers should be worn at least 20 hours a day for best results, and only removed when eating, brushing, and flossing.
Wearers typically visit the office every six weeks. This allows your orthodontist to monitor progress. Although it varies on a case-by-case basis, total treatment time typically lasts for 9-15 months and includes 18-30 retainers.
Is It Right For Me?
If you’re worried about the appearance of traditional braces, more likely than not, Invisalign® is an option for you. Invisalign® has been proven to work with a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overbites, underbites, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and even open bites (where the teeth do not close properly due).
Can Anyone Get It?
Cases where Invisalign® may not be feasible are typically when the starting rotation, spacing, or bite (over or under) issues of the teeth or jaws are so severe that suitable retainers cannot be engineered. As part of your consultation, our orthodontists can advise you on whether Invisalign® is right for you. And, even if Invisalign® treatment won’t work for you, it’s possible that a different orthodontic option, such as lingual braces or suresmile, will.
How Does It Compare to Other Treatment Options?
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign® offers quite a few benefits, such as:
- Virtually invisible treatment with comparable results
- Fewer office visits
- More predictable treatment timeline
- No pain or injuries from broken components such as wires and brackets
In addition, for parents considering Invisalign® for their teen or child, retainers can be made with blue indicator dots that allow parents to monitor actual retainer usage. As the retainers are worn, the blue indicator dots fade. If the blue dots aren’t fading, parents know that their child isn’t wearing the retainers as often as they should be.