Invisalign® Full

For more information about Invisalign® Full, contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists at 843-642-8100 to schedule an appointment for your free exam.
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Is Invisalign Full right for you?

Invisalign offers the ability to align your teeth without the traditional use of brackets and wires and Invisalign Full is the most popular option because it corrects a wide variety of orthodontic issues. It is the standard for Invisalign and provides the most in depth approach to fixing spacing, crowding, and bite problems.

This treatment is directed at patients who have more serious cases that would take longer to fix. While it can usually take about a year or longer to go through the entire process, Invisalign is designed specifically with the patient in mind. It is the Invisalign option that takes the longest to complete, but it barely disrupts your lifestyle and doesn’t even limit what you can eat. You have to wear it all day and all night, but don't forget to take it out when you eat and brush your teeth!

Who should get it?

Invisalign Full is available for anyone who wants to get braces to straighten their teeth but don’t want the bulky, traditional, metal brackets stuck on their teeth. Invisalign allows for more personalized and discrete treatment. Invisalign Full does not limit the number of aligners that you will have to use so that your orthodontic problems can be steadily changed. However, because Invisalign Full is for more serious orthodontic issues, the minimum number of aligners required is ten. This ensures that you will have plenty of treatment time and options to get that perfect smile you've always wanted.

If you have less serious orthodontic problems, like small gaps or crooked teeth, and only need slight orthodontic adjustments, Invisalign Lite might be the better option for you.

How does it work?

After meeting with your orthodontist to determine the best course of action for your orthodontic treatment, you will get X-rays and virtual modeling of your mouth. These help your doctor calculate how extensive and long your treatment can be. This plan determines the number of aligners that you will need to straighten your teeth. Aligners are made to adjust the position of each tooth incrementally until they are all where they should be. They do this by putting pressure on specific teeth to straighten them.

You wear each set of aligners for a period of two weeks each, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every ten weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

This process is gradual and with Invisalign Full, can take anywhere from 10 to 24 months. During this time, you are barely limited in what you can and can’t eat so that your lifestyle doesn’t have to change. Please see our other options on Invisalign Express which is 6 months or less of treatment and Invisalign Lite which is 7-9 months of treatment.