What is Invisalign?

One of the latest  and most exciting advances for patients with malocclusion (bad bite and/or crooked teeth) is Invisalign and the other new clear aligners. Invisalign is the brand name for a new kind of braces that are removable and practically invisible. It is actually a series of clear aligners that you wear like an athlete wears a mouthpiece. As the treatment progresses, your teeth gradually move to fit the aligner, and then you start wearing the next aligner. Your dentist will design the treatment program so that by the time you are finished wearing the last aligner in the series, your teeth will have adjusted to the proper position. 


Invisalign® is a series of clear, custom-molded aligners that can sometimes straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Once your permanent teeth are in, usually between the ages of twelve and fourteen, you are a candidate for Invisalign.  While teens love how invisible their orthodontic treatment can be, Invisalign is especially popular with adults. Now it is not too late for people to address crooked teeth and bad-bite issues later in life.  Before Invisalign, some adults thought they were “too old” to have metal braces on their mouth. Ask your dentist whether your dental problems can be treated with the Invisalign technology.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign can treat many orthodontic problems
  • It is clear and practically invisible – nobody has to know you are straghtening your teeth
  • You can remove it out to brush and floss your teeth as normal
  • You can remove it to eat and drink what you want- just put it back in when you are done
  • It is very comfortable.  There are no wires or brackets and no adjustments

Dr. Hazard on Invisalign

Dr. Hazard

Dr. Hazard practices at our Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls offices

Clear aligners, most commonly known by the brand name Invisalign, are a quick, easy, and predictable alternative to all the hardware that has come to be associated with orthodontics. This option works by giving you a series of transparent plastic trays to wear, each of which is just a little bit different than the one before it. This gradually brings your teeth into alignment while at the same time letting you maintain your natural smile for the entire duration of treatment (usually between 6 months and a year).

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