Invisalign 101: What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

woman holding Invisalign clear teeth aligners

Invisalign is revolutionizing the way we think about straightening teeth. Gone are the days of metal braces and cumbersome wires; Invisalign brings a new, virtually invisible solution. 


Let’s dive into the world of Invisalign to answer some common questions.


How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer-imaging technology to create a customized series of aligners. These aligners are worn over the teeth and are changed every one to two weeks. Each aligner is slightly different, moving teeth incrementally to the final desired position.

What are Invisalign Attachements?

Invisalign attachments are small composite pieces bonded to the teeth. They serve as “handles” that help the aligners grip the teeth better, especially during complex movements. These are temporary and removed at the end of the treatment.

Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign has a high success rate for correcting various dental alignment issues. It can treat gaps, crowding, overbite, underbite, and more. Individual success depends on compliance with wearing the aligners as directed and regular check-ups with the dental professional.

Invisalign Before and After

Before and after photos of Invisalign patients often showcase significant improvements in alignment and overall appearance. The transformation can boost confidence and contribute to better oral health.

Invisalign vs Braces

We often get asked the age old question of should I go with Invisalign or braces?

Invisalign offers more comfort and convenience compared to traditional braces. It’s virtually invisible, removable, and allows for normal brushing and eating.


Traditional braces, though sometimes more economical, can be more uncomfortable, visible, and harder to maintain proper oral health.

Can You Chew Gum with Invisalign?

Chewing gum is not recommended with Invisalign, as it can stick to the aligners, potentially warping them. Removing the aligners while chewing gum is the best practice.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

You can eat anything you want with Invisalign, as the aligners are removable.


However, you must remove them while eating and drinking anything other than water to avoid staining or damaging the aligners. It’s also important to regularly clean your Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign Cost Calculator

Costs for Invisalign treatment vary based on complexity and location. Some online calculators can provide an estimate based on input factors. However, always consult with us for an accurate Invisalign cost quote.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign similarly to traditional braces. Coverage varies between providers, so it’s essential to check with your insurance company and us, your dental office, for specific details.

Invisalign for Teens

Invisalign offers solutions tailored to younger patients, known as Invisalign Teen. These include compliance indicators to show if the aligners are worn enough and features to accommodate growing jaws and teeth.


However, we typically only recommend Invisalign for responsible teens, 18 year olds or older, and adults who can manage the responsibility of wearing the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. 

Invisalign Recap

Invisalign presents an appealing alternative to traditional braces, offering flexibility, aesthetics, and comfort. Whether for an adult seeking a discreet solution or a teen wanting to avoid metal braces, Invisalign provides an exciting option.


At Verber Family Dentistry, we’re here to guide you through every step of your Invisalign journey, all with the warmth and hospitality you’d expect from South Central Pennsylvania’s finest family dental practice.

Interested in taking the next step towards a perfect smile?

Schedule your free consultation with one of our expertly trained Invisalign dental professionals to see if Invisalign is right for you!

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