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.

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.

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