Invisalign® Clear Aligners
in Eden Prairie
Traditional braces can leave some patients feeling self-conscious about having a mouth full of visible metal. With Invisalign clear aligners, you don’t have to hide your teeth while you straighten them. Clear aligner therapy allows patients to feel confident throughout the entire straightening process. Contact our office to schedule your Invisalign consultation!Contact Us
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, discreet aligners to gently push your teeth into their ideal positions. It’s a convenient, subtle teeth straightening method that can correct mild to moderate alignment and spacing issues.
The Invisalign Process
Before your Invisalign treatment begins, we’ll work with you to determine the areas of your smile that need improvement and discuss your smile goals. Once we’ve determined that Invisalign is right for you, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and map out your personalized treatment plan.
We’ll send your impressions and treatment plan to an off-site lab where they’ll create your custom aligners. You’ll wear each set of aligners every day and move on to the next series every two weeks. Our team will send you home with a few sets at a time so you’ll only have to visit our office every 4-6 weeks!
Benefits of Invisalign
Compared to traditional orthodontic options, Invisalign provides patients with a number of advantages.
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible
- Smooth plastic won’t irritate your cheeks or gums
- Removable aligners so you can eat, brush, and floss like normal
- Fewer appointments
- On average, treatment time is shorter than metal braces
Is Invisalign painful?
Your teeth are likely not used to being shifted, so experiencing some soreness and discomfort when you first begin wearing clear aligners is normal. We recommend putting in new aligners at night so that the initial tooth movements can be made while you are asleep. Dental wax and over-the-counter pain medications are also an easy way to reduce soreness and any gum agitation. Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth plastic material, and once your teeth become accustomed to them, your discomfort should be minimal.
Can I just wear Invisalign aligners at night?
Invisalign aligners should ideally be worn as often as possible, or any time the patient is not eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. Invisalign is able to help patients achieve straighter smiles in an average of 12 to 18 months because of this. Patients who do not wear their aligners often enough may find that their treatment time is extended, as each aligner needs an appropriate amount of time to shift the teeth properly. Once your teeth are straightened, we will provide you with a retainer that is only worn at night.
Is Invisalign expensive?
Invisalign used to be far more expensive than metal braces, and patients would opt for traditional metal braces because of this. Over the years, the cost of Invisalign has decreased even as the technology becomes more efficient and advanced. If you are worried about financing the cost of your Invisalign treatment plan, our team would be more than happy to help. Some insurance plans offer partial coverage for orthodontic care, and our office also accepts third-party payment plans through CareCredit®. For more information, please contact us!