Invisalign Facts Discussed by Novato Cosmetic Dentist

Written by Dr. McConnell on May 14, 2013

Have you heard about Invisalign clear braces and wondered exactly how they work? Millions of people have already used Invisalign with great results. There are many reasons why this discreet orthodontic treatment is so popular at the Novato Cosmetic Dentist office. Comfort, convenience and a relatively short treatment time all contribute to the popularity of Invisalign.


With Invisalign clear aligners you can forget about cumbersome brackets and wires that can cause irritation inside the mouth. The system uses clear plastic aligner trays that are far more comfortable than traditional braces. Not only are these aligners comfortable, but they are virtually invisible. Most people will not even notice that you’re wearing them.

You may wonder how simple plastic trays can be so effective for straightening your teeth. Once your dentist determines that Invisalign is the appropriate treatment for you, a series of custom-made clear plastic trays are created. You will change to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks.  This process gradually and gently moves your teeth into place based on their precise movement as determined by the Novato Cosmetic Dentist.


Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are completely removable. It is recommended that you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. This means that they can be removed for eating so you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods. You can also remove them for brushing and flossing so you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine. Invisalign aligners are easily cleaned by brushing and rinsing with lukewarm water. Play contact sports? The aligners can be removed so you can wear a mouth guard as you normally would for protection.

Treatment Time

Each patient is unique and so are their specific treatment needs. In general, though, treatment for adults usually takes about a year. Treatment time for teens and young adults is comparable to that of traditional braces.  Unlike bracket and wire braces, though, the results are immediately visible each time you move to the next set of trays. You will stay motivated because you’ll see progress consistently as you move through treatment.
You don’t have to live with crooked teeth and you don’t have to face the prospect of unsightly and uncomfortable wires and brackets to achieve great results. We are happy to consult with you to determine your needs and to decide if Invisalign is the best choice for you.