Smile healthy with Invisalign® clear braces.

Invisalign® is the modern solution to healthier, straighter teeth. Our dentists provide naturally beautiful smiles utilizing this high-tech treatment approach. At Tennessee Family Dental, we have dentists who are Certified Invisalign® Providers, which means they have undergone advanced training and have experience using Invisalign®. If you are interested in Invisalign® clear braces, you can schedule a complimentary smile evaluation.

Straight Teeth Made Simple

Invisalign® is a comprehensive orthodontic system that uses a series of clear aligners to move your teeth into a better position. Each Invisalign® aligner is worn for approximately two weeks, and you will remove them only to eat, brush, and floss. Each aligner will move the teeth little by little until they have straightened to the final position. Our Invisalign® treatment takes 9 to 18 months. In contrast, traditional orthodontics can take two years or longer! The aligners are almost impossible to see when they are in place, giving them the “invisible braces” nickname.

Invisalign® treats the following common orthodontic conditions:

Invisalign can help correct excessive spacing

Excessive Spacing

Due to abnormal growth of the jaw bone or missing teeth

Invisalign can help correct excessive crowding

Excessive Crowding

Due to a lack of room for all your teeth in your jawbone

Invisalign can help correct an overbite

Deep Bites (“Overbites”)

Due to the upper teeth covering too much of the lower teeth

Invisalign can help correct a crossbite


Due to misalignment of the upper and lower jaws

Invisalign can help correct an underbite


Due to the lower teeth protruding past the upper front teeth

Invisalign can help correct an Open Bite

Open Bite

Due genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking.

What to Expect / Treatment Process

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “How long does is take?” The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.

Initial Appointment

Your initial appointment will include:

  • Discussion of your orthodontic treatment goals.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of your smile, teeth, and bite.
  • Overview of the basics of Invisalign®.
  • Discussion of treatment time expectations.
  • Presentation of treatment fees and financing options.
Second Appointment

Your second appointment will include:

  • Dental Impressions
  • Photos
  • X-Rays
  • Bite registration
  • Begin “Invisalign Outcome Simulator”
Invisalign Outcome Simulator

What is the “Invisalign® Outcome Simulator”?

At your second appointment, we will start an “Invisalign Outcome Simulator” so you can digitally preview the aesthetic end results prior to beginning treatment. Once you approve the digital design of how your teeth will look after treatment, then your treatment begins. You will know the final position of your teeth before you decide if Invisalign® is right for you.

Invisalign® Costs

The cost of Invisalign® depends on the duration of treatment. Each patient has a different treatment timeline depending on the severity of the misalignment of the teeth. Invisalign® costs at Tennessee Family Dental range from $3,600 to $5,500 with 0% Financing Available. At your initial Invisalign® evaluation, we will provide you with a detailed treatment timeline so there are no surprises at the end.

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Invisalign® FAQs

What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined during our appointments with you.

How do the aligners straighten teeth?

Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

Through the use of our patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined as we map out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign® a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign® aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair. Invisalign® allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.

Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

While Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety metal braces can cause, some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

How long will treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.

Are there restrictions as to what I can eat while in treatment?

No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike when undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

How often must I see my Invisalign doctor?

Your doctor will schedule regular appointments usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

How often must I wear my aligners?

We find that aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.

Can I just wear the aligners while I sleep?

No. The aligners must be in place a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?

Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Consult your Invisalign doctor to determine the best treatment for you.

Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign fix this?

A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Adults can usually have the shifting that occurs after braces corrected, without having to go through the trauma and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

Most doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. Because every case is different, please speak to your doctor to confirm if you need post-treatment retainers, and if they are needed for both upper and lower teeth.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

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