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Get Straighter Teeth in One Year with Invisalign

When you're looking for orthodontics because you want straight teeth but don’t want the brackets and wires that go along with traditional metal braces, Invisalign braces align your smile in the most discreet way possible.

At our Dentistry for Life office in Philadelphia Invisalign is offered to patients who qualify for this type of orthodontic treatment. As certified and experienced Philadelphia Invisalign providers, we create beautiful smiles for our patients using invisible aligners.


Invisalign is one of the world’s most popular clear aligner brands. A tray of clear, medical-grade plastic is fitted snugly over your teeth. The aligner gradually shifts your teeth into the correct position in a gentle and safe manner over time. While there are many clear aligners on the market, Invisalign has earned top marks for comfort, efficacy, and near invisibility. By wearing your Invisalign as directed, you can have the straight teeth you desire in just about a year.

While metal braces are a tried-and-true way to straighten teeth, they leave something to be desired for those who don’t want to see shiny, highly visible metal braces when they look in the mirror. Invisalign is completely clear, so it is virtually indistinguishable from your own teeth. Invisalign is so discreet, no one will know you are wearing it unless they look closely.

Invisalign patient model smiling while getting an exam in a dental office

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign braces can correct nearly every problem traditional metal braces fix, and do so quickly and inconspicuously. This customized alignment method moves crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth into their proper positions in an average of 12 months.

Besides being nearly invisible, Invisalign differs from metal braces in methodology. Unlike metal braces that move tooth crowns and then tooth roots, Invisalign moves crown and root simultaneously, allowing for faster treatment time.

One of the hallmarks of Invisalign is to consistently and gentle move only a few teeth at a time until your entire mouth is in alignment. As for your part in this endeavor, following the rules of Invisalign is critical to the success of your treatment:

  • Wear Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, every day.
  • Remove Invisalign for all meals and snacks.
  • Only drink water while wearing Invisalign to avoid the risk of staining the aligners.
  • Clean teeth and aligners thoroughly before snapping the aligners back in place.
  • Change your aligners about every two weeks, or according to your customized Invisalign plan.
  • See us every six weeks to have your progress checked and pick up new aligners.

Before any orthodontics treatment can begin, patients need to qualify as an Invisalign candidate and that begins with a thorough exam at sour office. During this examination we take 3D images of your mouth and examine your teeth and bite. If it is clear that you will benefit from Invisalign treatment, we will develop a complete, customized Invisalign treatment plan.

Invisalign patient model in dental office looking into a mirror and smiling

Why Do Patients Love Invisalign So Much?

Invisalign works, and it works fast. If you follow the rules of Invisalign, and if your teeth respond properly and willingly shift into their aligned spots, you will have a new smile in just about a year. But that’s not the only benefit:

  • No one will know you have braces: Invisalign braces are discreet. They’re so thin and fit so snugly to your teeth that no one will see the aligners unless you point them out.
  • You can eat whatever you want: There are no brackets and wires to limit the foods you eat. Because Invisalign is removed for meals and snacks, you can enjoy all your favorite.
  • You’ll be comfortable: With thin, smooth Invisalign aligners, there will be no need to endure the scrapes, pokes, and jabs of metal brackets and wires.
  • Easy maintenance: No special tools are required to clean in and among braces. Simply brush and floss as usual and clean your aligners as instructed.
  • Your teeth will be healthier: Straight teeth are easier to clean, and that means a lower likelihood of tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health problems.


When you come to see the experienced Philadelphia Invisalign dentists at Dentistry for Life, we are there for you from the start to the end of your Invisalign journey. We make getting started easy.

    After discussing your smile goals and examining your teeth, our dentists will help you decide if Invisalign is the best approach. If it is, getting started is simple.
    Our dentists will create a digital mold of your mouth using digital scans, X-rays, and photographs. From this mold, your Invisalign trays will be custom-made just for you. Each mold is like an exact replica of your existing teeth, with small modifications that are designed to manipulate your teeth into the correct position.
    When your Invisalign trays are ready, you’ll get a call from our office when they are ready to pick up. At your fitting appointment, our dentists will make sure your aligners fit comfortably. Small, button-like attachments may be used to secure your Invisalign in place. Before you go home, you will receive usage instructions. Our dentists will take the time to answer any questions you might have.
    Now, all you will have to do is sit back, relax, and let Invisalign do all the work! Remember, the goal of Invisalign is to move just a few teeth at a time. Therefore, the aligner won’t cause discomfort like traditional braces. You will change the aligner every two weeks. Over time, your teeth will become straighter. Most patients find that Invisalign straightens teeth completely in about a year, although your individual timeline may vary.
    You will come to see our dentists at Dentistry for Life periodically. You can expect to come in every six weeks for a quick visit to ensure your Invisalign is working properly. During these appointments, our dentists will make sure your teeth are responding to the treatment as expected. Don’t worry, you don’t have to come in each time you change the aligner. Instead, think of these visits like a progress update. If you have any issues with your Invisalign, our dentists will be happy to assist. At Dentistry for Life, we are there for you every step of the way. We want to make sure you are having a comfortable and pleasant Invisalign experience. Before you know it, your teeth will be straight and beautiful!
young invisalign patient model receiving a consultation at a dental office with plastic tooth models
Invisalign Braces Philadelphia

Any braces-wearer must wear retainers after orthodontics are complete. Teeth are newly moved into their proper positions and, after all that work, you want them to stay there. Retainers make this possible. There are many types of retainers available, but most Invisalign patients use Vivera retainers to keep their teeth from moving back towards where they started before the Invisalign treatment began.

Talk to us if you are hoping for a permanent retainer or are curious about other options for keeping your teeth in place. Many patients also opt for a round of professional teeth whitening after Invisalign is complete. The only thing better than straight teeth is white, straight teeth. Your smile will be blindingly beautiful and flawless with this pair of dental treatments, both of which are offered at our Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry office.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

If you have been living with crooked or crowded teeth, it’s time to finally get a straight smile. Invisalign will get your teeth into alignment. With a beautiful smile, you’ll be proud to smile, and knowing you look good will be a boost to your confidence that makes you look happier, healthier, and even younger.

Find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign braces. Schedule your consultation with one our Philadelphia cosmetic dentists. At Dentistry for life we strive to provide the best Invisalign Philadelphia has to offer, and together we will figure out the smile makeover that's right for you.

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