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Answers to Your Most Asked Questions About Invisalign®

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Invisalign® is one of the fastest-growing orthodontic treatments for straightening teeth.

Are you wondering if it’s the right treatment for you?

Dr. Bradley Olson answers your most asked questions about Invisalign®.

But first, let’s talk about what the Invisalign® orthodontic process involves.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Unlike traditional braces that are permanently attached to the teeth and use wires and brackets to make teeth straighter, Invisalign® uses a series of progressive aligner trays.

The trays are created by a digital blueprint that maps out how to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions.

The trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours each day and are switched to the next in the series about every two weeks until your teeth are straight.


We know how Invisalign® works; let’s get to your questions!

“Are there advantages with Invisalign® over traditional braces?”

As Dr. Olson mentioned in the video, many people don’t want to have to deal with the hassles of traditional orthodontic treatment. Metal braces are highly visible, can be uncomfortable to wear, require repeated visits to an orthodontist, and treatment can take years to complete.

Invisalign® offers advantages that our patients want in their orthodontic treatment, such as:

  • Invisalign® trays are removable – You can remove the trays to eat your favorite foods and brush your teeth when necessary.
  • Discreet treatment – The clear, polymer trays don’t advertise that you are having orthodontic treatment!
  • Comfortable treatment – The trays are made of pliable materials that don’t chafe or scratch.
  • Faster treatment – For many patients, treatment with Invisalign® produces results faster than metal braces.
  • No food restrictions – Because you can remove the trays, you can continue to eat your favorite foods whenever you want!

As you can see, there are definite advantages to Invisalign®, so why would someone choose to use metal braces?

Some complex orthodontic issues are better treated using traditional orthodontics. Dr. Olson is a Preferred Invisalign® Provider and will be able to let you know which orthodontic option is the best for you.

“Am I too old for Invisalign®?”

We usually associate orthodontic treatment with teenagers. However, in recent years, many adults have chosen to have treatment for teeth that were never straightened as teens or that have relapsed from earlier orthodontic care.

Since Invisalign® offers adults many advantages, you’ll be excited to know that Invisalign® works for patients of all ages.

However, there are a few stipulations for treatment with Invisalign® that Dr. Olson explains in our video.

“Are there reasons, other than aesthetics, why I should straighten my teeth?”

Yes, there are!

It’s true that a straight, beautiful smile looks good and makes you feel good.

However, straight teeth are also important for functional reasons.

In our video, learn how straight teeth affect your oral health.

Have More Questions About Invisalign®?

We’d love to answer them for you!

Our Waldorf dentist and team are always available to answer your questions. You can message us or call us, whichever works best for you.

One of our friendly team members will be happy to help you!

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