What Is Invisalign?

Those in Wichita, KS, interested in getting straight teeth have several options, from traditional braces to invisible aligners like Invisalign. For those looking for a way to straighten their teeth free of the restrictions and visibility of braces, Invisalign is the way to go.

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening solution that gradually shifts your teeth into alignment using a clear, plastic aligner system that is both efficient and comfortable.

Those wanting an alternative to braces often find Invisalign perfectly suited to their needs. Clear aligners are significantly easier to maintain than braces and they allow you to continue with your daily routine as you normally would.

Although the aligners can correct a number of issues, Invisalign is ideal for minor to moderate orthodontic issues.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a set of aligners to gently straighten your teeth over time. The first set is closest to your original teeth orientation while the final aligner will lead you to a completely straight smile.

You’ll wear each aligner for around 22 hours a day and change to the next aligner every two weeks. For the best results, try to only remove your aligners when eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. You should clean the aligners each time you brush your teeth to maintain excellent oral health and prevent buildup on the trays.

The more complex your orthodontic goals, the more aligners you will receive. Most Invisalign treatments take around 12-18 months. Minor straightening needs may take as few as six months.

Using the fully digital scans taken at your initial consultation, Dr. Santucci helps creates a “roadmap” for your smile journey. At your Invisalign consultation, we can use 3D images to preview what your teeth look like now versus how they will look after treatment.

What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?

  • Convenience: Invisalign is removable, making it incredibly convenient when brushing your teeth, exercising, and eating or drinking. The goal of Invisalign is to seamlessly fit into your lifestyle without disrupting your routine and busy schedule. Additionally, by switching out the aligners at home, Invisalign helps to reduce the number of visits to our office.
  • Comfort: Plastic aligners make your treatment process much more comfortable. You may experience some discomfort as your teeth shift, but the plastic material is designed to fit perfectly to your teeth and prevent irritation.
  • Discreetness: Traditional braces can make some people feel self-conscious about their smiles during treatment. Invisalign eliminates any anxiety with its perfectly fitting, transparent plastic material. Some people may not even realize you are wearing aligners.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Santucci Orthodontics offers a free consultation for those considering orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. When you come into our office, we’ll take digital impressions and images of your teeth and smile to help us determine the issues needing correction.

Because Invisalign does require some responsibility on the patient’s part, it may not be for everyone. However, if you can remember to consistently wear your aligners as directed and properly care for your teeth during treatment, this option is excellent for those looking to discreetly straighten their smile.