1476 Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
493 Westport Avenue • Norwalk, CT 06851
Cass D. Burrell, D.M.D. • (203) 292-9595
Matthew Rhee, D.M.D.

About Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a transparent polyurethane plastic material. Instead of being cemented to the teeth like metal braces are, clear aligners are removable. This means you can take them out when eating and when brushing & flossing your teeth. The low profile nature of Invisalign and the convenience of being able to remove the aligners are two of the main reasons so many people choose Invisalign over regular braces.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are many advantages to wearing Invisalign aligners including:

  • Better Oral Hygiene – You can maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment process, as you can simply take the aligners out when eating, brushing and flossing.
  • Very Discreet – When you're wearing Invisalign aligners, most people won't even notice you're in treatment due to the transparency of the aligners. Many adults are choosing Invisalign for this very reason, as they simply don't wish to wear metal braces that show.
  • No Food Restrictions – Since you can take the aligners out to eat, you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods while in treatment. This is something that is not possible when you're wearing conventional braces, as you must steer clear of hard, crunchy and gooey foods that can damage or break your braces.
  • Comfortable – There are no wires or brackets used with Invisalign aligners, which means there is nothing present to poke, rub and irritate your mouth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and very comfortable to wear.
  • Improved Self-Esteem and Confidence – You'll never have to feel self-conscious or embarrassed by your appearance when you're wearing clear Invisalign aligners. In fact, you can smile with complete confidence knowing that people are concentrating on you and not on the appliances on your teeth.
  • Teeth Grinding Protection – If you grind your teeth or clench your teeth together, the clear aligners can provide your teeth with protection against excessive wear.

Invisalign Teen – Just for Teenagers

In addition to regular Invisalign, our practice also offers Invisalign Teen. This treatment option is very similar to standard Invisalign with a few key differences. Invisalign Teen aligners come with built in wear indicators, which are there to tell the wearer when it's time to move onto the next set of aligners in the series. Plus, Invisalign Teen patients are given a few extra aligners in case any break or are lost.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners designed to straighten teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently move your teeth into their correct positions based on the precise movements your Fairfield orthodontist plans for you. The treatment process consists of:

  1. A Customized Treatment Plan is Created
    We will use advanced 3D imaging technology to design a customized treatment plan for moving your teeth into correct alignment. This tooth movement will be broken down into several stages. For each stage, Invisalign will create customized aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth.
  2. Start Wearing Your Aligners
    Once your aligners are made, you will be asked to come back to our office to pick them up. You will start treatment by wearing the first set of aligners for two weeks, for at least 20 hours per day.
  3. Wear New Aligners Every Two Weeks
    Every two weeks, you will switch to the next set of aligners in the series to move you through the stages of your treatment. We will also ask you to come into our practice every few weeks so we can check your progress. At every stage of your treatment, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having a brand new straight and beautiful smile.
  4. Reveal Your New Smile
    Once all the aligners in the series have been used, your treatment will be over, which means it's time to celebrate! Be sure to smile often and smile big, as your new straight smile is something to be very proud of!

Book An Invisalign Appointment With Your Orthodontist

Our Fairfield & Norwalk orthodontists, Dr. Burrell and Dr. Driesman are proud to offer our patients Invisalign and Invisalign Teen! If you'd like to find out if you're a good candidate for Invisalign aligners, please schedule an appointment with us by completing the 'Request an Appointment' form on our main website. One of our friendly staff members will then contact you to set up an appointment time. We look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to our orthodontic family!