If you’re looking to improve the alignment of your teeth, unsightly metal braces aren’t your only option. At Ideal Smile of Stamford, Natalia Silva, DDS, and her team help patients straighten their teeth with convenient and effective Invisalign® clear aligners. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call the office in Stamford, Connecticut, or book an appointment online.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign gradually improves your smile without the maintenance and discomfort associated with metal braces. The invisible aligners are a safe and convenient way to address misaligned and crooked teeth. 

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners to gradually improve the alignment of your teeth. The aligners are made from dental impressions and are designed to slowly shift the alignment of your teeth. 

Treatment begins with an examination and imaging test to evaluate the health and structure of your teeth. Each Invisalign aligner is different from the last. Dr. Silva develops a custom treatment plan for each patient, making slight adjustments to each aligner to get you closer to your goal. Invisalign is appropriate for a number of cosmetic and functional concerns like:

  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps
  • Open bite

Invisalign isn’t appropriate for all cases. Dr. Silva and her team help determine if clear aligners are the right option for you.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Many patients prefer Invisalign over traditional metal braces. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Discreet
  • Comfortable
  • No food restrictions
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Removable
  • Don’t restrict oral hygiene

In most cases, Invisalign is a safer, gentler alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign aligners cause very little irritation to the gums, reducing your risk. They also allow you to clean your teeth as normal, so there’s no increased risk of cavities or tooth decay.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The length of your treatment depends on your specific needs and how often you wear your aligners. For optimal results, Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 20 hours of the day. You should only remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

You move on to your next aligner every one or two weeks. You also meet regularly with Dr. Silva to ensure you’re making progress. A typical treatment with Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months. 

To find out if Invisalign clear aligners can help improve your smile, book an appointment at Ideal Smile of Stamford by phone or online today.