Change the Way You Think About Orthodontics
Invisalign treatment has changed how orthodontists approach straightening teeth. Using clear plastic aligners instead of brackets and bands, the Invisalign system will gently guide your teeth where they need to go.
Our adult and teen patients love that the trays are nearly invisible. From young professionals to teen musicians, to older adults who don’t want to change their routine with braces, many of our Ann Arbor area patients have selected Invisalign to solve alignment problems.
The Invisalign Process
When you visit Embrace Orthodontics, we'll take photos and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. We make your first set of custom-fitted aligners from these images, and then you begin the process of straightening your teeth.
You’ll probably wear Invisalign aligners for 9–15 months, and will typically use 18–30 sets during your treatment.
You wear the trays for about 22 hours a day but can remove them for brushing your teeth and eating. You’ll wear several sets of trays throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Yina Li will tailor treatment based on your specific goals and needs to help you quickly get the wonderful smile you deserve. You’ll start to notice a change in just a few months!
Invisalign Offers Modern Advantages
Since the plastic aligner used for Invisalign treatment are transparent, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. This advantage is what makes Invisalign one of the most well-known orthodontic solutions available.
Besides keeping unsightly metal out of your mouth, Invisalign provides several other benefits that traditional braces can’t, including:
- Aligners can be removed so you can eat, drink and clean their teeth easily.
- Very thin, non-attention-grabbing aligners that are significantly more comfortable than brackets and wires, which can bother a mouth’s inside.
- Fewer visits to the orthodontic during treatment since the aligners don’t need to be shifted as normal brackets and wires do.
- A less total cost as the patient has needs.
- Quicker treatment – Invisalign patients can often get the best results in less time.
Invisalign vs. Braces
The biggest difference between Invisalign and braces is how your smile looks during treatment. Thanks to Invisalign’s clear plastic trays, there won’t be any metal to distract from your smile-in-progress.
The metal components of traditional braces can also irritate your mouth, while the smooth plastic aligners will be much more comfortable.
Because they’re removed when you eat, you won't have to watch what you eat like you would when wearing braces – bring on the popcorn and peanuts.
In fact, the aligners must be removed for eating and for drinking anything other than water. You need to make sure you’re willing to do that before you decide on Invisalign clear braces.
To prevent staining, you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting the aligners back on after each time you eat.
Of course, brushing and flossing are much easier than with traditional braces, since you don’t have to work around any brackets and wires.
It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, as recommended by Dr. Li, so they can do their job and straighten your teeth. But, with Invisalign, you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Like with traditional braces, you’ll generally need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment to maintain your new alignment—and your confident new smile.
Talk to Us About Invisalign
Dr. Li may not recommend Invisalign for some more complex alignment or bite issues, or for those who have bridgework; Dr. Li can advise you about what options are best.