Invisalign® Basics

invisalign logoInvisalign® is a teeth-straightening system that uses a custom-made series of aligners designed specifically for each patient that can be used to straighten teeth without the use of metal brackets or wires. When you choose Miami Orthodontic Specialists as your Invisalign provider, Dr. Garcia will take impressions of your teeth and then work with 3-D computer-based software to plan out your tooth movement. Invisalign is an esthetic alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment methods. Call to schedule your complimentary appointment today to see if Invisalign aligners can help you perfect your smile.

How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?

Several factors determine the cost of Invisalign treatment. The cost depends on the problems with the teeth and bite and how long the treatment is going to take. This is why we offer a free initial consultation – so that you can be evaluated by the doctor and we can explain the treatment that will help you achieve your dream smile.

Affordable Invisalign Treatment

At Miami Orthodontic Specialists, we do everything possible to make Invisalign an affordable treatment option. We know that straight teeth are an investment in your health and in your future.

Payment options for Invisalign:

  • An in-house payment plan with the cost divided over the months of treatment to fit your budget
  • Low monthly payments
  • Option to use Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account
  • Discount on paid-in-full treatment

Call us today to schedule an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you.

Invisalign® For Adults

We are proud to be the Miami Invisalign Preferred Provider!

How would you like to get the beautiful, straight teeth that you’ve always wanted… without braces?

The terms “Metal Mouth,” “Brace Face” and “Tin Grin” may come to mind when you think of orthodontic treatment. The amount of metal that was previously used to straighten teeth discouraged many adults from considering orthodontic treatment in the past. Newer advances, like Invisalign® have made it possible for adults to achieve the straight smile that they’ve been wanting without flashing a grill of metal every time they smile. Better still, advances in orthodontics have allowed treatment to become faster and more comfortable, permitting patients to finish their treatment much more quickly.

Today, over 25% of patients in the United States are adults, but in our practice, the ratio is actually closer to 50:50. Our patients range in age from 7 to 77. Some adults come in seeking treatment for the first time and others want to fix teeth that have shifted over time.

Why Straighten Your Teeth?

  • A more confident smile
  • Improved self-image
  • Straight teeth are easier to keep clean
  • Less chance of developing gum disease, bad breath, tooth wear & potential tooth loss

From a health perspective, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crowded and overlapping teeth-decreasing the chances of developing gum disease, bad breath, tooth wear and potential tooth loss. From a cosmetic point of view, straight teeth can lead to a more confident smile and an improved self-image, which can also lead to improved performance at work or school. Regardless of the reason, all treatment options are presented at the first appointment, and you get to decide what works best for you.

Many adults choose Invisalign because…

  • It is more cosmetic – not visible in photos
  • No food restrictions – you remove them to eat
  • Easier to clean – brushing & flossing is not an issue
  • More comfortable – no wires or braces

To find out more information about Invisalign and how it works, click here.

Invisalign®  For Teens

Now, there is a way to get straight teeth as a teen or tween without having braces on the teeth. Invisalign Teen was developed specifically for teenagers. It involves a series of clear aligners (trays) that gradually move the teeth to their final position.

Advantages of Invisalign Treatment:

More cosmetic: Invisalign wearers can continue their normal lifestyle without feeling the need to hide their smile in photos. Quinces pictures coming up? Graduation pictures scheduled this summer? No problem! The Invisalign aligners can be easily removed during photo shoots, but are generally not seen in photos anyway. Snap away.
More hygienic: Invisalign aligners are removable for easy access during brushing and flossing. No special tools are required to keep your whole mouth clean and your breath smelling fresh. To clean the aligners, you can use special Invisalign cleaning tabs or simply brush and rinse them under warm water.

Eat whatever you want: Since Invisalign is removable, you also don’t need to worry about getting food stuck in your teeth or foods breaking the aligners. Popcorn and gum are no longer a concern.

Easier for athletes: Less risk of injury from wires or brackets

Easier for musicians: The trays can be easily removed while singing in a concert or playing a wind instrument

More comfortable: The Invisalign aligners are custom-fit to each patient’s teeth. There are no metal braces or wires rubbing against the inside of lips and cheeks. There is also a shorter adjustment period when treatment is first started.

How it works…

Schedule an appointment today to find out if your Teen or Tween is a candidate for Invisalign Teen!

Invisalign® Instructions

Wearing Your Aligners

  • Your aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day to be effective.
  • Clench into the aligners occasionally to ensure seating pressure and tooth moving pressure.
  • Remove your aligners while eating or drinking anything that is not cold water.
  • Avoid drinking anything with sugar while your aligners are in your mouth. The sugar will be trapped against your teeth and may cause cavities.
  • You will be given two cases for your Invisalign trays. The blue case holds the set of aligners which you are currently wearing. The red case is intended to hold the set of aligners that you just finished wearing.
  • Keep your aligners in the case whenever they are not in your mouth.
    • Please remember to keep the case out of reach of small children and pets.
    • Avoid wrapping the aligners in a tissue or paper towel. If you do not, you may end up throwing them out by mistake.
  • Do not skip or accelerate the change of aligners. Doing so may actually delay your treatment progression.

Cleaning Your Aligners

  • Clean your aligners gently with a toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste or a gentle soap in lukewarm water.
  • Keep trays away from boiling water, the dishwasher, bleach and other commercial cleansers.

Additional Tips

  • If you lose or break an aligner, go back to wearing your previous aligner. Be sure to call our office right away so that we can order a replacement.
  • Your general dentist should not remove any of the composite attachments on your teeth (the tooth-colored bumps that your invisalign trays snap into).
  • During your invisalign treatment, you should consult our office prior to receiving dental restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.), as they may affect the fit of your clear aligners.