Invisalign – Atlanta, GA
Clearing the Way to
a Straighter Smile
When you hear the term “clear aligners,” chances are that Invisalign is one of the first names you think of. In the past several years, orthodontists across the country have been using it to create beautiful, straight smiles without metal braces. Call Duo Orthodontics today to set up a consultation so that we can discuss whether it’s the best option for you.
Why Choose Duo Ortho
- Fully Customized Aligner Treatments Offered
- Fellowship Trained in Aligner Therapy
- Dental Team That Speaks Three Languages
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are made using 3D computer imaging. Once we have a digital model of your teeth, we can design a series of aligners. Clear aligners are often considered a more convenient alternative to traditional braces for those who only need to make mild to moderate corrections. They’re made out of a special transparent plastic so that you can wear them to work or school without other people realizing it.
Why Choose Invisalign?
The aesthetic advantages of clear aligners over braces are one of the primary reasons to choose Invisalign. Also, because they are removable, you are able to eat and drink whatever you want – there are no restrictions on crunchy or sticky foods that would damage traditional braces. And, thanks to the technology used to design Invisalign aligners, you will be given a virtual preview of what your smile will look like at the end of the treatment.
How Does It Work?
After you have received your series of aligners, you’ll wear each set for about two weeks at a time. They should stay in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours each day, and you should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. You will visit Duo Orthodontics periodically so that we can make sure that your teeth and jaws are making the proper movements. The total treatment time is usually between one year and 18 months.
Taking Care of Invisalign
- Cleaning your aligners with a toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste will become a regular part of your oral hygiene routine.
- Rinse your aligners whenever you remove them to get rid of leftover saliva and plaque.
- Soak the aligners in an approved solution for about 15 minutes a day for a more thorough cleaning.
- Never put anything inside your mouth except for water without taking your Invisalign aligners out first.
- Always store your Invisalign aligners in their case whenever you take them out.
Frequently Asked Questions about Clear Aligners
Compared to other more traditional orthodontic treatments, you may not be as familiar with Invisalign and our own clear Duo aligners. As a result, you may have questions about this advanced treatment and how it could benefit you. We’re here to help guide you to the right solution! Below we’ve answered some of the most common questions that our patients have asked us in the past, and we hope our responses here help you decide to give us a call. If you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation.
Can I Play Sports with Invisalign?
It depends on the sport and the risk to your smile. Unlike mouthguards, clear aligners are not very durable and can easily break upon impact. For non-contact sports, such as soccer or tennis, the aligners can be worn during practices and games without interrupting your treatment because the risk of facial trauma is fairly low. On the other hand, for activities or sports that may include contact or a hit to the face like football, hockey, skateboarding, or wrestling, we strongly recommend removing the aligners and wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth. However, should an accident happen, and your Duo aligners break, be sure to reach out to us, and we can fabricate a new as soon as possible.
What Do I Do If I Lose an Aligner?
While dealing with clear plastic aligners (e.g., taking them out to eat), you may misplace or lose one during treatment. If this occurs, call our practice right away. Delays in getting your replacement aligners will likely lengthen your treatment time or allow your teeth to regress. We can quickly supply another aligner to keep you on track. Just be sure to use your aligner case when they aren’t in your mouth so that you don’t lose one again!
Does Dental Insurance Cover Clear Aligners?
In some cases, yes. Most dental insurance policies include orthodontic care, but not all cover treatment with clear aligners. During your free consultation, we can take a look at your plan and see if we can save you on your out-of-pocket costs through your insurance and answer questions you may have about your coverage. We’ll do everything we can to make treatment as affordable as possible. Keep in mind that, even if insurance doesn’t reduce your bill, we may have special offers available!
Am I a Good Candidate for Clear Aligners?
Invisalign and our Duo clear aligners can be used for most mild to moderate alignment issues. Even if your bite needs to be corrected, which typically entails more advanced shifting, clear aligners may be available to help you achieve the smile you want. The best and only way to know for sure whether clear aligners could be the right solution is to come into our office for a consultation, so schedule yours today!