Invisalign

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign straightens your teeth by using clear removable aligners. Through constant pressure from the aligners, the bones soften up and teeth straighten into place. Patients must be compliant in wearing their aligners for twenty two hours a day. We realize it is a long and arduous process, but only want the best for our patients.

If patients do not comply with the Invisalign standards, we will see a lapse in their movement. These lapses will slow down their progress.

  • We see some dentists just hand the patient all their alignment trays and leave them alone with minimal checkups in between trays. This results in staying on the same alignment tray longer, or in some cases results in creating a new set of trays.

  • Having to remake patient’s trays is what we call “refinement”, some dentists charge exorbitant fees for lapses and refinement. Essentially lapses require more frequent office visits, or “chair time”. With this added chair time, new impressions must be made for new trays. All of these additional charges add up for the patient.

  • We don’t do this. Dr. Lee schedules frequent office visits to prevent lapses. She will be with the patient at every step of the process, making sure each tray has done its job. We hold onto our patient’s trays for a number of reasons:

  • We don’t want patients losing trays. New trays cost time and money for both parties.

  • Having patients come into our offices ensures that the patient’s teeth are moving correctly.

  • As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Lee has prescribed. We understand that life can get busy and want to work with Invisalign patients to bring out a smile they’re proud of. 
  • On average, we see a lapse in 25% of our patients. We understand complications can occur, and guarantee that we will not overcharge for refinement adjustments.
  • Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case AND we also provide shorter Express cases (less than 9 months) for those who require less movement.
  • As Dr. Lee continues to offer Invisalign for more than one and half years now, she gets just as excited as the patients when she sees improvements in people’s smiles. 
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