Invisalign

Invisalign® treatment with Dr. Leiva and the team at Monroe Orthodontics can give you beautiful, straight teeth without braces.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment and after.

Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional metal bracket braces and can give you stunning results.

At your initial consultation at Monroe Orthodontics, we'll take digital scans 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 each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions.

You'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

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A Modern Approach

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. It uses a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, but they’re also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem.

They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments.

Wearing the aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Leiva plans for you. 

Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

With Invisalign treatment at Monroe Orthodontics, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.

At Monroe Orthodontics, you’ll get a great smile without a treatment that gets in the way of your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Dr. Leiva has a lot of experience treating patients with Invisalign, and we’re excited to offer this technology to our Monroe Township braces patients.

Differences Between Invisalign & Braces

Unlike traditional braces, smooth plastic Invisalign aligners don't have metal components that can irritate your mouth. 

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.

Responsibilities of Invisalign

It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, as recommended by Dr. Leiva, 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. Leiva may not recommend Invisalign for some more complex alignment or bite issues, or for those who have bridgework; Dr. Leiva can advise you about what options are best for you.

Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Leiva at our Monroe Township office to learn if Invisalign is right for you.