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Invisalign® is an alternative orthodontic treatment to traditional braces like lingual braces, ceramic braces, and traditional metal braces for correcting imperfections of the teeth and bite.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

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$3500 - $8000


Before & After Images by Provider

Invisalign® Before, Female 27 - 4016Invisalign® After, Female 27 - 4016
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Invisalign® Before, Female 54 - 1923Invisalign® After, Female 54 - 1923
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Invisalign® Before, Female 28 - 3900Invisalign® After, Female 28 - 3900
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The Specifics

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® (a.k.a. clear braces) are an orthodontic clear plastic aligner solution to straighten, align, and reposition teeth. Invisalign treatments are one of the most widely known clear aligner systems. Invisalign® is managed by an orthodontist.

The Anatomy of the Oral Cavity

Mouth Oral Cavity Anatomy Illustration

Invisalign® gradually shifts teeth into the desired position through progressive alterations to pre-made custom fitted clear plastic trays that do not require metal brackets. Invisalign is typically worn for 10 to 15 months.

What cosmetic concerns does Invisalign® treat?

  1. Misaligned Teeth & Bite: Invisalign® is a clear braces progressive tray change system to slowly move teeth into the desired position, orientation, and spacing for a straight smile.

Who is the ideal candidate for Invisalign®?

The ideal candidate for Invisalign® has good overall oral health with mildly crooked teeth, protruding teeth, malocclusion, mild overbites or underbites, open bites, crossbites, overjets, gaps in the teeth, and overcrowding of teeth. Invisalign® is not recommended for children who are still growing, or those with severe orthodontic issues who require jaw repositioning.

What is the average recovery associated with Invisalign®?

There is no specific recovery time associated with the Invisalign® system. Individuals may experience mild irritation and discomfort when starting the aligners, and with a tray change, however, these side effects are temporary.

The Anatomy of the Tooth

Tooth Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

What are the potential side effects of Invisalign®?

Possible side effects of Invisalign® includes difficulty with clear and regular speech, increased saliva production, bad breath (halitosis), and dry mouth.

What can someone expect from the results of Invisalign®?

The results of Invisalign® will evolve with progressive tray (new aligner) changes every two weeks over three months to two years. Most treatments last an average of 10 to 15 months. A retainer (mouth guard) is made after treatment the end results are obtained to limit tooth movement.

What is the average cost of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000. The actual cost of Invisalign® is dependent upon location, healthcare provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.


  • Removable
  • No Food Restrictions
  • Good Oral Hygiene
  • Transparency
  • Discreet
  • For Adults


  • More Costly
  • Hassle
  • Lose Aligners
  • Misplace Aligners
  • Patient Compliance
  • Not For All Orthodontic Issues

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Invisalign uses a series custom of clear trays to reposition teeth for a straighter smile. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Invisalign treatment.

The Takeaway

Invisalign® is one of the best known clear braces systems and offers a discreet, effective teeth alignment and straightening solution for a beautiful smile and straighter teeth without traditional metal braces.

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