Questions About Invisalign®

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that gradually straightens your teeth without the need for traditional braces. Rather than cementing brackets to your teeth and attaching metal wires, Invisalign uses sets of clear, plastic aligners. These aligners are removable, so you can eat your regular diet and care for your teeth normally.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to be a licensed provider of Invisalign, but our philosophy is that our patients should be as educated as possible before beginning any cosmetic procedure. Here are some frequently asked questions from our very own patients regarding Invisalign.

What is the difference between Invisalign and “instant orthodontics”?

Invisalign moves your teeth into the proper position over a period of time and truly straightens your teeth. Treatment with Invisalign takes between 12 to 18 months to achieve desired results, depending on each case. “Instant orthodontics” is a term that is often used to refer to using porcelain veneers to correct the appearance of minor crookedness. Porcelain veneers do not actually straighten your teeth, but they can make them appear straight without the time and commitment of the tooth straightening process.

I had my teeth straightened as a teenager, and it did not last. Why should I bother doing it again?

Straightening crooked teeth is important to your oral health at any age. The results you get as a teenager are not always permanent—usually, because retainers were not worn for the right amount of time. When you straighten your teeth as an adult, they will stay straight as long as you wear your retainers as recommended by our Miami dentists. Crooked teeth can lead to more serious dental problems including cavities, gum and periodontal disease, pain, and tooth loss.

How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?

That will depend on your unique needs. It typically takes anywhere from six months to two years to straighten teeth with Invisalign.

Can Invisalign be combined with other cosmetic dentistry solutions?

Yes. Invisalign is often chosen as part of a complete smile makeover, which combines multiple different cosmetic dentistry procedures to help a patient achieve his or her aesthetic goals. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about smile makeovers. For example, Invisalign often is combined with veneers, and our Miami cosmetic dentist Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia has extensive experience combining Invisalign with porcelain restorations to provide patients with exceptional results.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is usually an ideal treatment option for both teens and adults looking to straighten their teeth in as discreet a manner as possible. Invisalign is not suitable for severe orthodontic issues, such as a significant overbite. And, while the clear plastic aligners are removable, you also should be sure you can dedicate yourself to wearing the aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day.

Invisalign in Miami

To learn more about Invisalign or any of the other cosmetic dentistry treatments that are available at Miami Designer Smiles, please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule your initial appointment. 

Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.