Everything You Need To Know About Invisalign

So you’re ready to get the straight smile you deserve, but you’re not sure which treatment option is the right one for your lifestyle. That’s understandable! With three unique options to choose from, Varallo Orthodontics has a treatment method for everyone, but it can be difficult to decide without doing some research. 

One of our most popular treatment methods is Invisalign, and these nearly invisible clear aligner trays work for patients of all ages and smile backgrounds. The cherry on top? The Varallo Orthodontics team is a Gold Plus Invisalign Provider, so we know everything you need to know about Invisalign – and we’re here to share it with you! Keep reading to learn more about this modern and accessible treatment plan to find out if it’s right for you. 

Invisalign 101

Invisalign clear aligners are a discreet treatment option for patients looking to straighten their teeth without attracting notice. Using a series of clear aligner trays custom-designed by Dr. Varallo, we’ll shift your smile in gear with a shorter treatment schedule than you’d get with traditional braces. 

Invisalign Benefits

This modern orthodontic treatment option is a huge success, and for good reasons! With so many benefits, you’ll love your Invisalign clear aligner trays. 

Clean & Clear: Keeping your teeth clean with Invisalign is easy and efficient. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your Invisalign trays to brush and floss your teeth like normal. No need to relearn your regular oral hygiene plan. With Invisalign, you’ll always feel fresh. 

Super Comfortable: Metal braces can sometimes leave sores on your cheeks, tongue, or gums. Invisalign’s SmartTrack material won’t do that! Instead, you’ll enjoy a comfortable treatment option that fits snugly over your teeth. You won’t even notice you’re undergoing treatment – and neither will anyone else!

Hardly Noticeable: Invisalign is best known for its almost-invisible look. Because this treatment uses clear plastic trays to shift your teeth in line, your natural smile won’t be hidden behind embarrassing metal brackets and wires. This benefit makes it a great option for older teens or adults who want to straighten their smiles as discreetly as possible. 

Everything You Need To Know About InvisalignHow It Works

When you visit Varallo Orthodontics for your first appointment, we’ll start  giving you an exam of your teeth. If Dr. Varallo decides that you are a good fit for Invisalign treatment, we’ll use our digital system to customize your personal aligner sets. We’ll even show you a projection of what your smile will look like when you’re done with treatment!

After your consultation, you’ll receive your clear aligner trays. Invisalign comes in sets of 20-30 trays on average, depending on your unique needs and smile goals. You’ll need to wear each set of trays for about 22 hours per day, only removing them to brush and floss your teeth, eat, or participate in sports. 

You can expect to change trays every 7-10 days, but always listen to Dr. Varallo’s instructions! All in all, Invisalign treatment typically takes between 18 and 24 months to straighten your smile, but some patients complete treatment in as little as six months!

Invisalign Is Removable: Here’s What That Means for You

When you start orthodontic treatment, you can choose between two types of appliances: fixed and removable. Each type has pros and cons, and you’ll work with Dr. Varallo to determine which appliance is best for your smile goals. 

Traditional metal and clear braces are fixed to your teeth, while Invisalign clear aligners are removable. Because braces don’t come off until you’re done with treatment, they work 24/7 to adjust your smile, and you never have to worry about keeping up with an appliance. Typically, we recommend that patients with more severe conditions use braces to fix their smiles. 

Invisalign is removable, which makes it easier to clean and care for than braces. Because you can take them out, you can enjoy meals without dietary restrictions, participate in sports more easily, and brush your teeth without relearning your routine. Invisalign aligners are best for treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems. 

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Invisalign treatment works for people of all ages, but it isn’t for everybody. If you are looking for minor adjustments to your smile or if you have a mild to moderate orthodontic condition, Invisalign is a good choice for you. If your smile requires more extensive treatment to reach its fullest potential, other treatments like metal or clear braces might work better for you.

Remember: Choosing to straighten your teeth with removable Invisalign trays means that the success of your treatment is up to you in many ways. With traditional metal braces, your orthodontist makes sure you’re on track with treatment by changing your wires each time you visit their office. Metal braces are permanent appliances, so once they’re adjusted, you don’t have to think about treatment.

With Invisalign, on the other hand, you’re responsible for wearing your clear aligner trays for the recommended number of hours each day. You’re responsible for switching out your trays when the time comes. Even if you’re a good fit for Invisalign teeth-wise, you may not be responsibility-wise. Exercise self-awareness when deciding whether or not Invisalign is right for you. 

Everything You Need To Know About InvisalignSmile More with Varallo Orthodontics

Straightening your teeth has never been easier than it is with Invisalign from Varallo Orthodontics in Arlington and Burlington. As a Gold Plus Invisalign Provider, Dr. Varallo has the experience that counts! If you’re wondering whether Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, schedule your free consultation with our team today!