How Long is the Invisalign Process?

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The entire Invisalign process usually takes six months to a year, which is comparable to traditional metal braces, but the length of treatment depends greatly on your unique needs. Because of every smile is different, Dr. Folck will need to assess your teeth during a personal consultation to give you an accurate estimate and customized treatment plan.

No matter how long your treatment period is scheduled to the last, the process itself remains relatively simple:

  • During your first appointment, Dr. Folck will make a digital scan of your mouth and feed that data into a computer. The computer will map out a series of steps for Invisialign to move your teeth into position. This could be anywhere from twelve to thirty steps, depending on your needs.
  • Next, the custom plastic aligners will be created by Invisalign, which can take around three weeks to be delivered to your dentist. When they are ready, you will see Dr. Folck to try them on and take them home.
  • For the duration of your treatment schedule, you will wear each aligner for about two weeks. Every six weeks or so Dr. Folck will check your teeth to make sure the right progress is being made.
  • In six months to a year, your teeth will be in their final positions, though you’ll have to wear a retainer for a while to make sure they stay where you want them.

If Invisalign sounds like the right treatment option for straightening your smile, call (877) 206-3444 to schedule a consultation with your experienced Virginia Beach dentist.

Ideal Invisalign Candidates

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invisalign-folckWhen it comes to straightening your smile, Invisalign can be an effective and discreet solution. While Invisalign is often a more preferable treatment method than traditional braces, it is not always the best option for every Virginia Beach patient. Sometimes, depending on your unique smile requirements, our dentist might recommend alternative options such as traditional braces or even porcelain veneers. Sometimes, the cost of Invisalign can also be a factor, but an accurate estimate can only be reached with a comprehensive exam.

Patients who can benefit from Invisalign are those who:

  • Have gapped teeth
  • Have crowded teeth
  • Have crossbite, overbite, or underbite

If your problems can be addressed with Invisalign, you may be an ideal candidate if:

  • You’re in good overall health
  • You have reasonable goals
  • You are willing to comply with treatment by wearing the aligners for 22 to 24 hours per day
  • You are willing to wait about a year to achieve results

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to consult with an experienced Virginia Beach dentist like Dr. Michael Folck. To schedule an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you, call (877) 206-3444 today.

What Issues Can Invisalign Treat?

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Invisalign® is exceptionally effective and quite popular, but it’s not for everyone. The first step to determining if Invisalign® is for you is to thoroughly examine your teeth and jaws and figure out if you have a problem that Invisalign® can address.

These clear plastic invisible aligners can treat a wide range of common orthodontic problems, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross-bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

You’ll notice that these are generally the issues that traditional metal braces can treat as well. Essentially, anything braces can do, Invisalign® can do as well, and be much more inconspicuous and pleasant about it.

We know you probably still have lots of questions about the Invisalign process and whether or not these aligners are right for you. We welcome your questions, as well as the opportunity to address any concerns you might have.

Dr. Folck is committed to protecting the health of your teeth and making your smile look as beautiful as possible. We’ll help you decide on the right course of action.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area and have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today at 757-428-7440 for a consultation.

Why is Invisalign better than metal braces?

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When it comes to straightening your teeth and improving your smile, there are several effective non-surgical options. Two of the most popular methods are metal braces and Invisalign®.

While metal braces are still trusted by many, Invisalign® is quickly becoming many patients preferred choice. Here are just a few reasons why we feel Invisalign® is better than metal braces.


Unlike clunky metal braces, Invisalign® is sleek, clear and all but invisible. Improving your facial appearance, doesn’t mean you have to wear unsightly wires throughout the process.

You can remove it whenever you want

Once you get braces, your mouth is affixed with them for several months at a time. You can remove Invisalign® at any point for daily activities like eating and brushing your teeth. Make sure you don’t leave it out for too long though, it’s still got work to do.

It is comfortable

When installed correctly, you will hardly notice that your Invisalign® is in. There are no sharp protrusions to irritate your mouth or gums and nothing that can cause any harm to any part of your mouth.

For these reasons and several more, we feel that Invisalign® is the preferred choice when it comes to teeth straightening.

If you live in the Virginia Beach area and have more questions about Invisalign®, call us at 757-428-7440.

How Long Will I Have To Wear Invisalign?

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No one wants to deal with orthodontic adjustment for longer than is necessary, even considering the comfort and ease of Invisalign®’s plastic aligners. We understand you want to be done with the whole thing as soon as possible.

The Invisalign® treatment process is designed to solve your bite alignment problems in a simple, inconspicuous fashion. While every patient is unique, the average Invisalign® treatment is about one year in duration.

Again, it’s important to understand that every case is different. The length of your treatment will depend on several factors, most especially the severity of your alignment problems. But we can use on the one-year time line as a sound baseline.

How long will you have to wear Invisalign?

Invisalign will have you smiling

This is less of a time commitment than you will likely have to make with traditional metal braces, which often require at least two years to see full results. This is just one of the many advantages of Invisalign® as opposed to metal braces.

Of course, we know you still have questions about the process. We welcome these questions and look forward to answering them.

If you live in or around Virginia Beach, Virginia and you want to learn if Invisalign® is right for you, please call Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today at 757-428-7440 for a consultation.

Will The Invisalign Process Hurt?

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One of the reasons so many people in and around Virginia Beach realize Invisalign® is right for them is that the process is quite painless. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® aligners do not cause extensive discomfort and agitation.

The clear plastic aligners are custom-designed to fit the specific contours of your teeth. This means the aligners fit snugly and comfortably. There are no metal wires to poke your gums and cheeks.

Furthermore, there are no uncomfortable and annoying tightening appointments as there are with traditional metal braces. This is at least partially why so many people prefer Invisalign® to metal braces.

No dentist can promise you that a treatment of this length will not come with any discomfort. But it has been our experience that patients are eminently satisfied with their aligners and have no significant complaints.

Dr. Folck will be happy to answer any questions, address any concerns and help you determine if Invisalign® is right for you.

If you’re looking for safe, pleasant, customized and inconspicuous orthodontic adjustment in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, Invisalign® might be right for you. Please call Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today at 757-428-7440 for a consultation.

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

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Finding the right orthodontic treatment for you is absolutely crucial. It can be the difference between a pleasant and an unpleasant experience. As such, deciding if Invisalign® is right for you will be one of our most important tasks.

Fortunately, most people in need of an orthodontic adjustment are good candidates for Invisalign®. Put simply, if you’re a candidate for traditional metal braces, you’re likely a good candidate for Invisalign®.

The most important consideration is your overall level of dental health. You need strong, healthy teeth and gums to be a candidate for Invisalign®. If you’re suffering from gum disease or have serious structural issues, you will need to address these before beginning an Invisalign® treatment.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Invisalign® requires a significant time commitment. You’ll have to keep your aligners in for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only for meals and when you brush your teeth. Make sure you’re comfortable with this before pursuing Invisalign.

If you live in or around Virginia Beach, Virginia and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael Folck today at 757-428-7440 for a consultation.

How can I afford Invisalign?

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If you have been thinking about Invisalign® in Virginia Beach, there is a good chance that you have questions about how much it costs for treatment. The cost of Invisalign® varies substantially based on the length and extent of treatment needed.

Because of this, it is impossible to provide a precise estimate without a thorough evaluation of your own particular smile and desired outcomes.

Paying for Invisalign®

While a beautiful smile can provide a priceless sense of self confidence, the cost of Invisalign® is something many people must weigh.

  • Insurance:  In some cases, you may be pleased to discover that Invisalign® is covered by insurance. Generally speaking, if your insurance covers orthodontics, Invisalign is included like traditional braces. However, insurance that does cover orthodontia is unusual.
  • Financing:  Fortunately Invisalign® can also be financed through CareCredit. Care Credit is a credit card designed specifically for health, beauty and wellness needs. Care Credit offers special financing terms that you won’t get from a standard credit card provider.

Virginia Beach dentist, Dr. Michael Folck has over 25 years experience. As an Invisalign® Elite Preferred provider, he can help you find out if you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign. To schedule a consultation, or if you just have questions about the procedure, contact us today at 757-428-7440.

Are Invisalign Aligners Generic or Custom-Made?

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Many people are turning to Invisalign® to help straighten out their teeth. These clear plastic aligners are preferred over metal braces which can be unsightly and very uncomfortable. The best way to ensure that an Invisalign® treatment is appropriate for you is to consult with our dentist and get fitted with a custom-made aligner.

While generic options are available, it is reported that these non-custom fitting models are bulky, ill-fitting and not as effective. These generic options are generally cheaper, but the custom-made aligners save you significant time and discomfort.

If you are interested in a custom made Invisalign® aligner to help give you a straighter smile, contact the professionals at Invisalign® Virginia Beach. We use computers to custom-design clear plastic aligners specifically modeled after your teeth and their specific needs. With only periodic visits  you can get the results desired without unsightly braces or retainers.

Dr. Michael Folck has over 25 years experience as a dentist, and has focused his career on helping people in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. If you feel you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign®, or just have questions about the procedure, contact us today at 757-428-7440 and set up a consultation.

Is It Difficult To Remove My Aligners?

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Invisalign® works by slowly and subtly shifting the alignment of your teeth until they eventually reach a healthy, relaxed, natural alignment. And it’s quite popular with our Virginia Beach-area patients because it achieves these goals comfortably and inconspicuously.

You will wear your aligners most of the day, removing them only to eat and brush your teeth. And fortunately, removing your clear plastic aligner is quite simple. For that matter, so is replacing it once you’re ready to put it back in.

Invisalign® technology is designed with simplicity and comfort in mind. It wouldn’t be nearly as popular if removing and replacing an aligner was particularly complicated. Our dentists will provide you with some instruction before you go home for the first time, but the removal and replacement process is quite simple.

This makes your re-alignment process all the more pleasant and enjoyable. You won’t have to worry about being derailed by minor inconveniences or other issues. You can just wear and remove your aligners without worrying about them.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael P. Folck, DDS today at 757-428-7440 for a consultation.

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