Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

What is Invisalign?

    • Invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
    • Series of clear, removable, custom-made Aligners.
    • Uses no metal wires or brackets.
    • Custom-made for comfort.

How does Invisalign work?

    • Wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks.
    • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
    • Your teeth will move gradually each week.
    • Visit us every 8-10 weeks.
    • Total treatment time averages 6-15 months.
    • Average number of Aligners is between 18 and 30.

What are the primary benefits of using Invisalign®?

    • Undetectable – The clear aligners are virtually undetectable to others.
    • Removable – The aligners are removable for eating, brushing and flossing.
    • Comfortable – The aligners are comfortable to wear since there are no brackets, wires or permanent fixtures.

What are the aligners made of?

The aligners are made of a clear medical-grade polymer, or plastic.

What do they look like?

Aligners are clear and virtually invisible. They look similar to clear tooth whitening trays, but aligners are custom-made for a better fit. Some people have referred to them as contact lenses for teeth because they are not really detectable to others.

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

For years orthodontists have been using removable appliances for very limited treatment. Today, with application of computer technology, the Invisalign® System treats a broader range of cases with great precision.

Is the product safe? Is it FDA approved?

Yes, the Invisalign® System has FDA clearance.

Who are candidates for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® System is an alternative to braces for patients who have full adult dentition and complete jaw growth. The doctor will determine if you are a good candidate during your initial exam. (No Fee).

Does the Invisalign® system work on all patients?

Invisalign® is effective on a broad range of cases. During your initial exam, the doctor will determine if you are a good candidate.

How do I get started with this system?

Just make an appointment with the doctor for an initial exam. Call 716-832-1550 for an appointment.

Does the doctor have any special training to use Invisalign®?

Yes, training is required for doctors who want to use the Invisalign® System in their practices. The doctor has attended an Invisalign® training program to become certified and proficient in the various requirements for treating patients.

Do they hurt?

As with traditional braces, there may be a dull, achy sensation that occurs at the beginning stages of treatment.

How often must I wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day and all night, except when eating, brushing and flossing.

Will my speech be affected?

The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period.

How long does treatment take?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the case and is generally equal to that of traditional braces. During your consultation, the doctor can provide you with more detailed information.

How often must I see the Dr. Wright?

Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces.

How much does it cost?

As with braces, the cost of the Invisalign® System depends on the complexity of your case and your course of treatment.

Is this covered by my dental insurance?

Orthodontic benefits should be consistent with traditional braces, but in some cases, your insurance does NOT cover Invisalign®. This can be predetermined prior to starting treatment.

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign Homepage.