Invisalign for Minneapolis-area teens and adults … a convenient, comfortable, proven alternative to braces!
We’re an authorized Invisalign provider!
Rhode Island Dental in St. Louis Park is an authorized, specially-trained provider of the Invisalign method of teeth straightening. Note: not all dentists and orthodontists are certified to work with Invisalign!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a safe, proven, convenient alternative to braces. While Invisalign may not be for everyone, it is a wonderful alternative if it’s right for you, because you don’t have to deal with the hassle of orthodontic wires, bands and metal in your mouth, and you can eat the foods you want at any time.
The Invisalign process
The Invisalign process starts with a personal consultation with an authorized, specially-trained provider of Invisalign. Subsequent steps include:
- Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth
- Invisalign will create a digital 3-D image of your teeth
- Our Invisalign-trained dentists will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment.
- You’ll also see a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
- You’ll receive a series of custom aligners.
How long does treatment take?
Every case is unique. Treatment times range from just a few months to a few years. In general, it tends to be slightly shorter than conventional braces.
How does Invisalign fix my teeth?
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth.
As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
About every two weeks, you’ll begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you’ll also have checkups with your dentist, every six weeks or so. At every stage, you’ll be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.