Invisalign for Orthodontic treatment

Invisalign can help correct many bite and alignment issuesallowing our orthodontics Langley patients to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. Over 4 million people in Canada and the U.S. are using braces or solutions like Invisalign to correct their smiles. Invisalign is a unique type of braces that uses a clear tray to align the teeth.

Using molds of your mouth, Invisalign creates these special aligners in their own facilities using a proprietary blend of plastic. The aligners work by putting pressure on the teeth in just the right places to slowly move them into their proper positions.

How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?

Many patients are interested in treatment at our dental clinic Langley office because as the name suggests, Invisalign offers an “invisible” way to straighten and better align the teeth. Although the design is similar to a retainer, Invisalign’s system actively moves your teeth to reshape your mouth while retainers simply prevent your teeth from moving. But before we can get started, you will need to schedule a consultation at our Langley office.

During this meeting the dentist will:

From here, we’ll create a comprehensive treatment plan within our range of services and help you achieve the results you want with Invisalign. Invisalign is similar to traditional braces in many ways. Aligner trays are used to help reposition the teeth, and these trays are replaced every 1-2 weeks.

Each new tray will have a slightly different feel, as they are designed to shift and move the teeth.The Invisalign aligner trays will need to be worn for 20-22 hours each day to see results. But they can easily be removed for brushing/flossing, eating and special occasions.

What Can Clear Aligners Correct?

Invisalign can be used to correct many of the same problems that traditional metal braces correct. The main advantages are that Invisalign’s braces are nearly invisible and can be removed when needed.

Invisalign can help correct:

Spacing between teeth requiring Invisalign
Dentistry crossbite and underbite of teeth
Dental crowding of teeth
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The Pros and Cons of Orthodontics Langley Treatment and Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular options for correcting bite issues or teeth alignment in Langley. Like any other dental treatment, there are pros and cons that need to be considered.

Invisalign Benefits

Invisalign Drawbacks

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While Invisalign is the most well-known brand of clear aligner braces, it’s not the only option. There are alternatives. Some of the most popular ones include:

Smile Direct Club

With the Smile Direct Club, you can take mouth impressions right from your home, which eliminates the need for a dental visit. Simply create a mold of your mouth and mail your impressions to the Smile Direct Club.

Once your aligners are ready, they will be delivered to your doorstep. According to the company, treatment costs approximately just under $3000, and they do offer payment plans. The Smile Direct Club is an option; however, you miss out on a valuable dental consultation. Your teeth and smile will be with you for the rest of your life, so having the help and advice of a professional dentist is truly invaluable.

Although this is the most affordable option, Smile Direct Club does not put you in the position of actually having a physical exam of your teeth or evaluating X-rays to assess the position the roots of the teeth like Invisalign does. Online reviews show that the results are not very consistent.

Teeth Lingual Wire Brackets

Many patients are concerned about the way traditional metal braces look. While Invisalign looks natural, they can still be seen if you look closely enough. Another option is lingual braces. These are braces that are installed behind the teeth, so they won’t be seen when you smile.

If you would like this form of dental care Langley has orthodontists we would be happy to refer you to. Lingual braces can be made from ceramic, metal or clear material.


SureSmile is another popular brand of clear braces in Langley and Invisalign’s biggest competitor. The cost of SureSmile’s braces can range from $3,000 to $7,000, and insurance may cover a portion of it. Like other dental procedures, the cost will depend greatly on the complexity of your case.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Braces or Invisalign

Braces and Invisalign are effective methods of improving your smile. Our staff can help you determine which orthodontic appliance will work best for you. We can also handle the ordering process from Langley to Invisalign's production centre to track your progress as we continue to reshape your smile.With all of this in mind, it’s still important to consider a few things when choosing braces or Invisalign with our office such as:

Aftercare for Treatment for your Teeth

Whether you choose Invisalign or another option for braces or aligners, aftercare will play an important role in the success of your treatment.Once Invisalign has moved your teeth into the proper position, you will need to use a retainer to maintain these results. The retainer can either be cemented into your mouth or removable.

Initially, a retainer will need to be worn every day. After some time, you can switch to wearing it only at night.The cost of a single upper or lower retainer can range from $250-$350 or $550 for a pair.

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If you’re an adult and wear your retainer as directed, you shouldn’t have to get braces again in the future. At this point, all of your adult teeth have grown in, and your body isn’t going through the same changes that teenagers experience. Aligners are an investment.

If you want to get the most out of them, then make sure that you wear your aligners as prescribed and for the recommended amount of time. Additionally, make sure that you’re brushing and flossing regularly to maintain good oral health and visiting the hygienist for a cleaning regularly.

How to Floss with Traditional Braces and Aligners

With aligners, flossing is no different than before your treatment. Because they can be removed, you can brush and floss as normal. With traditional braces, flossing is a little bit more complicated.

The fixed wires make flossing an absolute necessity to protect your oral health. Floss will get into those hard-to-reach places missed by your toothbrush, especially near the wires and brackets on your teeth. It’s important to floss in between each tooth once daily.

We also recommend using an interproximal brush to clean under the wires and around the brackets. This is essential to preventing cavities and reducing your risk of a dental emergency. Flossing may take a little more time with traditional braces, but it’s important to make time for it each day.

We’re going to share a few flossing methods for wire braces. Any one of these methods will work well. Choose the one that you’re most comfortable with, and make sure that you stick to your flossing routine.

Using Traditional Floss

Even if you have metal braces, you can still use traditional floss. It can be tricky to thread the floss between the metal brackets and wires, but with a little patience, you can get the job done properly.

Set aside 10-15 minutes for flossing with this method. Make sure that you’re using waxed floss, as unwaxed floss can easily get caught and stuck in your brace’s metal brackets.

Here are some tips for using floss with your metal braces:

Using a Water Flosser

A water flosser is a convenient alternative to traditional floss. Just as the name suggests, this tool uses a stream of water to clean in between the teeth and along the gumline. The pressure from the water is very efficient at cleaning in between the teeth, so flossing is much quicker – 3-5 minutes on average.

Some water flossers have special attachments for use with braces. These tapered tips help clean around brackets more quickly and effectively. Here are some tips for using a water flosser with braces:

Once you’re finished with your flossing session, empty the reservoir and allow the flosser tip to dry. Tips should be stored in a container to keep them clean and protected.

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