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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Invisalign (Overview)

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic Specialist for your options.


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What is invisalign made of?

What is invisalign made of?

Invisalign plastic: Invisalign plastic is USP class vi medical grade poyurethane resin that is bisphenol-a (bpa) free. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
56 doctors shared insights

Invisalign (Overview)

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic Specialist for your options.


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What exactly is invisalign? How effective is it?

What exactly is invisalign? How effective is it?

Orthodontics: Invisalign is a brand name for an invisable aligner...There are other brands as well. Essentially, invisible aligners are "braces" that are clear and removable by patient to facilitate brushing/flossing.
This type of orthodontics can be quite effective depending on the orthodontic situation that is to be corrected. It doesn't work in certain types of cases. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Tip)

Myth: invisalign can replace traditional orthodontics. ...See more

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Is invisalign effective?

Is invisalign effective?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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How to tell if I am a good a candidate for invisalign?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Invisalign Provider: Usually, good candidates for Invisalign are patients who have healthy teeth and gums and have teeth that are moderately crooked or misaligned. The fact is that only a trained Invisalign Provider (dentist, orthodontist) can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Calvert Dr. Calvert
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Invisalign (Tip)

Straight teeth is easier than most people think with the advances in orthodontics and invisalign. ...See more

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Can you tell me about invisalign done?

Can you tell me about invisalign done?

Choices: Both invisalign & braces can provide you with a beautiful smile and each have their pros and cons. Invisalign will likely cost you more and take longer, but as an adult you may prefer how it looks while you are in treatment. It works by using plastic aligners that gently push your teeth with each tray, when they fit perfectly-- time to change trays so new ones push a bit more ...Read more

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Is it safe to use invisalign if i grind my teeth a lot at night?

Yes, its safe.: It should be fine. Invisalign plastic is fairly strong & durable. Also, you'll be switching out of your aligners on a 2 week basis, so even if the current aligner starts to thin, you'll be switching into your next set fairly soon. If, however, you and your dentist discover that the aligners aren't withstanding your grinding, then you may need to switch trad'l braces. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Tip)

Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces. ...See more

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Will invisalign work after 20?

Will invisalign work after 20?

Absolutely: Invisalign, and any orthodontics for that matter, will work at any age as long as the teeth are healthy. Often times adults do better with invisalign due to the increased level of compliance necessary. ...Read more

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Which works faster: invisalign or metal braces?

Depends on patients!: Patient compliance is an important factor when comparing the duration of treatment with invisalign vs. Braces. Both invisalign and braces work only by being placed and staying on teeth. If invisalign is not being worn on a full time basis, the correction it can provide will become limited to the time it's being worn. The same delay can occur if braces break frequently from eating hard food. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Koos Dr. Koos
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Invisalign (Tip)

Do do do - wear your invisalign aligners 24/7. Most often cause of delay is due to non-compliance. ...See more

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What is the difference between braces and invisalign benefits and price range?

Time and Cost: Benefits of traditional braces are that treatment can be completed faster than invisalign, and more complicated cases can be treated. It is typically cheaper also as the lab bill from invisalign to the dentist is very high causing the dentist to charge more. The benefit to invisalign is that is almost invisible and there are no brackets to cut your lips and cheeks. ...Read more

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Pros & cons of using invisalign?

Pros & cons: Clear Aligners less visible and smoother. Braces 25-55% more effective, work faster, teeth more stable after treatment. The choice of appliance is less important then the choice of provider. Make sure you are seeing a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist, with 5,000+ more Orthodontic training, and who does nothing but Orthodontic care. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Tip)

With newer Invisalign techniques you can have your teeth straight without braces! ...See more

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Can you tell me docs, is invisalign painful or just discomforting?

Neither: well, honestly, some people take some time to get used to them (a week or 2) but once they adjust they are at most mildly discomforting, but likely not really a problem at all! ...Read more

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So, which hurts more? Invisalign or actual braces? I only need a little bit of correction...And i've heard it both ways! thanks!

No contest: Invisalign by far is more comfortable than actual braces with the benefit of being able to brush and maintain much better hygiene and lower risks for cavities and gum disease. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Koos Dr. Koos
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Invisalign (Tip)

Invisalign can achieve an equal result to braces in most cases but with an "easier" application. ...See more

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Invisalign broke in two, what should I do?

Simple Solution: I would recommend to call you dentist and ask them to get you a new tray. Problem solved. ...Read more

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I need to know how do you know when your invisalign is really working?

By the fit: Of the aligners. They should be a little tight for the first few days and then fit comfortably until you are ready to move on to the next.
Thank you for your service! ...Read more

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Invisalign (Tip)

Use invisalign to train yourself to enunciate better, you will be a better speaker at the end. ...See more

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I was wondering, do dentist/orthodontist do any work with invisalign?

Orthodontists do: in truth, both do, but having a dentist do orthodontics is a bit like having your general internist perform heart surgery on you! Invisalign is a treatment method for orthodontics and as such should only be handled by an orthodontist who has had 2-3 more years of training than a dentist in orthodontic procedures. ...Read more

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Is invisalign effective?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Tip)

The first 2 days after tightening or changing invisalign trays are the worst. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) to help. ...See more

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Can anyone get invisalign?

Can anyone get invisalign?

Of course: However, Invisalign doesn't make the best choice for correcting all types of deep overbite, malocclusion or other orthodontic disorders. See your orthodontist for examination, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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What is invisalign made of?

Invisalign plastic: Invisalign plastic is USP class vi medical grade poyurethane resin that is bisphenol-a (bpa) free. ...Read more

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How effective is invisalign?

How effective is invisalign?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who qualifies for invisalign?

That depends: Regular braces are attached to your teeth. They are harder to clean but you don't have to worry about losing them. Invisalign is removable. This makes cleaning your teeth easier, but if you lose them or forget to put them in they will not work. So which is better partially depends on the patient's personally. Also regular braces can correct some conditions that invisalign can not. ...Read more

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Will invisalign work after 20?

Absolutely: Invisalign, and any orthodontics for that matter, will work at any age as long as the teeth are healthy. Often times adults do better with invisalign due to the increased level of compliance necessary. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who  qualifies for invisalign?

Teens-adults: Invisalign can be used to treatanyone from teenagers to adults. The limiting factors are what corrections need to be done (not any/every ortho case qualifies for invisalign) and compliance of patient. For this reason i tend not to do invisalign on teenagers under 18, but if you/child is very cooperative, it can be used for as young as 16 yr old (again, depends on what is to be corrected). ...Read more