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Invisalign®

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® aligners are comfortable, low profile, custom-made clear plastic trays that most people don’t even know you are wearing. As your teeth change and your smile improves, you will change aligners regularly, wearing them for 20-22 hours a day.

How does it work?

Each aligner is only worn for a one- to two-week time frame, and appointments are only needed every eight to twelve weeks to pick up your next sets of aligners.

Because of the convenience of being able to remove your aligners before each meal, you do not have to worry about the hassle of food getting stuck between your teeth, as with traditional braces. Aligners can be removed to eat, drink, or brush your teeth.

Choosing between Invisalign® and metal braces.

Invisalign® is a great option for our patients who are searching for a more discreet orthodontic treatment. Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, the Invisalign® system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your smile. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will be gradually and gently guided to their proper positions. You will also visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.

In general, Invisalign® can be used to treat the same orthodontic issues that are normally treated with braces. Dr. Tompkins may recommend Invisalign to correct:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped and spaced teeth
  • Certain problems with the bite, such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite

We are Certified Invisalign® Providers.

Consider Invisalign® to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted - without braces. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Tompkins can determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Tompkins Orthodontics

Our team is proud of the hard work and determination required to make your smile special. Our gratification comes from the smiling results of our patients.