Many patients avoid necessary orthodontic treatment because traditional braces involve bulky, noticeable metal wires and brackets

Fortunately, Dr. Kellyn Hodges also offers Invisalign® for more discreet, comfortable smile alignment

Can Invisalign transform your smile?

Benefits Over Other Orthodontic Treatments

Additional Advantages of Invisible Aligners

  • No dietary restrictions: Individuals opting for metal braces must avoid certain foods during treatment. Because Invisalign trays are removable, patients have zero dietary restrictions. Simply remove the trays when eating and replace them when finished.
  • Improved oral hygiene: With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets to clean around. Brushing and flossing is a breeze. You can simply remove the trays and clean your teeth normally. Just be sure to place the aligners back in the mouth when finished.
  • Bruxism protection: Due to the design of the Invisalign trays, they also serve as a night guard for those who grind or clench their teeth, offering a layer of protection against erosion and other forms of dental damage.

How Invisalign Straightens Your Smile

Wondering If Invisalign Can Help You on Your Journey to a Beautiful Smile? 

More Information About Invisalign

Aesthetics are often the biggest concern for people considering orthodontics. Even with advances in orthodontics, and many choices of colors and materials available, traditional metal braces are still more conspicuous than most patients would like. However, for those that wish their orthodontic appliances to be indistinguishable, there is a solution: Invisalign®. At Dr. Kellyn Hodges' orthodontic practices serving the Philadelphia, PA, area, many patients, especially adults, request Invisalign invisible braces. During a personal consultation with orthodontist Kellyn Hodges, she can help you weigh Invisalign versus braces to determine if the option is right for you.

Invisalign aligner

Invisalign aligners are designed to be as comfortable and inconspicuous as possible.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign can correct many of the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces. For example, this system can effectively treat:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Rotated teeth

Invisalign may not be appropriate for all patients. Those with severe or complex malocclusion may be more suitable for conventional orthodontic treatment. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Hodges can help you determine an option that is right for you.

Patient Results

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign combines the orthodontic results of traditional braces with cosmetic advances that create appliances which are nearly invisible. As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign provides transformative orthodontic results through a series of clear, removable teeth aligners.

The Invisalign aligners are created by taking dental impressions, clinical photographs, and X-rays of the patient's teeth. This information is then sent to Align Technology. There, a computer creates a three-dimensional model that allows technicians to create a series of aligners that will slowly shape the teeth over time into the prescribed final position that Dr. Hodges deems appropriate.

Once Dr. Hodges approves the series of aligners, a plastic resin aligner is created for each stage of the Invisalign treatment process. While numbers vary depending on the case, the average Invisalign patient will receive between eighteen and thirty different aligners over a period of about one year.

While Invisalign may be more expensive than traditional orthodontic methods, due to the extent of treatment and number of personalized aligners, it is the only orthodontic solution that offers little to no cosmetic impact. Since the aligners are clear and removable, orthodontic treatment can be achieved with little impact upon the patient's appearance. However, though the removable aligners offer cosmetic benefits, they can also impact the effectiveness of the treatment. Invisalign patients must be sure to wear their aligners at least twenty to twenty-two hours a day to avoid disrupting the treatment process. And as with any orthodontic treatment, a retainer must be worn following Invisalign, at least at night. Once treatment is complete, many of our patients whiten their teeth or undergo additional procedures for a complete smile makeover.

As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign provides transformative orthodontic results through a series of clear, removable teeth aligners.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages. Some of these include:

  • Faster treatment: Traditional braces often take up to two years to achieve the desired results. In contrast, the average timeline for Invisalign treatment is approximately 12 months.
  • Comfort: Invisalign trays are made from SmartTrack® thermoplastic. Therefore, there are no metal components to irritate the lips, cheeks, or gums. The aligners also fit comfortably and snugly over the teeth.
  • Discretion: Because Invisalign trays are virtually invisible, most people will not even realize you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The aligners can even be removed for special events such as weddings, graduations, or business meetings.
  • No dietary restrictions: Individuals opting for metal braces must avoid certain foods during treatment. Because Invisalign trays are removable, patients have zero dietary restrictions. Simply remove the trays when eating and replace them when finished.
  • Improved oral hygiene: With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets to clean around. Brushing and flossing is a breeze. You can simply remove the trays and clean your teeth normally. Just be sure to place the aligners back in the mouth when finished.
  • Bruxism protection: Due to the design of the Invisalign trays, they also serve as a night guard for those who grind or clench their teeth, offering a layer of protection against erosion and other forms of dental damage.

Are There Disadvantages to Invisalign?

While Invisalign offers a wide range of benefits, there are a few drawbacks, as well. Some of these include:

  • Limited candidacy: Unfortunately, not everyone will be eligible for Invisalign. Your doctor can help you determine if this option will effectively meet your needs.
  • Length of treatment: Some cosmetic treatments can be completed in just a couple of weeks, such as porcelain veneers or other custom restorations. In contrast, Invisalign may require several months.
  • Personal commitment: The overall success of Invisalign treatment depends on patient compliance. To be successful, the aligner trays must be worn at least 22 hours every day.
  • Adjusting to the aligners: It can take some time to become accustomed to your Invisalign trays. This is especially true the first couple of days after switching to a new aligner. For example, some patients may experience mild soreness or have limited speech difficulties. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary and should diminish within a few days.
  • Treatment cost: In most instances, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional braces. However, if your case is more complex, treatment could end up costing more. After your consultation at our practice, we can provide a cost estimate before you commit to treatment.

Invisalign Timeline: What to Expect during Treatment

Individuals who desire a straighter smile without the use of conventional braces can take advantage of Invisalign® at our Philadelphia, PA, orthodontic practice. This treatment requires patients to wear a series of aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day. Over the course of the treatment, the aligners will gradually change in shape or pressure to advance the alignment process. Here, our team at Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics explores the Invisalign timeline and explains what individuals can expect during treatment.

Initial Consultation

The first step in the Invisalign treatment process is a comprehensive assessment at our practice. During this visit, your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of the teeth, jaw joints, and surrounding oral structures. X-rays and scans may also be taken to assess the underlying roots and supporting jawbone. We will talk with you in detail about your personal orthodontic goals. Once all clinical information has been collected, your doctor will determine if Invisalign is an appropriate treatment option for you.

Teenager receiving Invisalign aligner

Each aligner in the series is designed to gradually shift your teeth into a straighter position. 

Treatment Planning

If your candidacy is established, we will schedule you for another appointment to begin the treatment planning process. During this visit, your doctor will take digital impressions and use computer imaging to design a personalized treatment plan. This information will then be sent to the Invisalign lab, where a trained technician will fabricate your new aligner trays.

Active Treatment: Progressing Through Your Aligners

In a few weeks, your Invisalign trays will be delivered to our office. Once they arrive, we will schedule you for a visit to ensure they fit properly. The first set of trays will be dispensed and a thorough list of guidelines will be provided. To be effective, your aligners must be worn a minimum of 22 hours daily. Therefore, they should only be removed at meal times or when cleaning the teeth.

About every two weeks, your current aligners will be traded out for the next set in the sequence. The subtle changes in the trays will gradually move the teeth into their desired positions over time. The number of trays necessary for your treatment will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Retention is essential for maintaining your results.

Results

Because each patient is unique, treatment times can vary significantly for every individual. In most cases, however, patients can achieve their desired goals in about 12 to 18 months. Once treatment is complete, patients can enjoy a smile that is healthier, more balanced, and more beautiful.

At the end of treatment, your doctor will speak with you about retainer options. Retention is essential for maintaining your results. There are several different types of retainers available and your doctor will talk with you in detail about your choices.

Speak with a Professional Today

Are you considering Invisalign or Invisalign Teen as an orthodontic option? Knowing what to anticipate during treatment can help you make an informed decision. To find out more about the Invisalign timeline, or to explore your eligibility for this treatment option, schedule a consultation at our practice. Request a consultation online or call us at 610.617.0700.

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