What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment (tooth-moving treatment) that straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile.  Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, lnvisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth based on the treatment plan prescribed by Dr. Larhs. There are no wires or brackets so you'll have confidence in your​ smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won't even know you're wearing lnvisalign. The aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would.

How does lnvisalign® work?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the lnvisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of lnvisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Larhs. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

How much do I need to wear my aligners?

It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.

Will wearing lnvisalign® aligners affect my speech?

lnvisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

Does insurance cover lnvisalign®?

Because medical benefits differ from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. Our office is happy to assist you with that information. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, lnvisalign will be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

Does lnvisalign® really work?

Yes. At this point, millions of patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been successfully treated with lnvisalign. Invisalign continues to heavily invest in research and development so that their system is the most effective of all clear aligner systems. The vast majority of patients in need of orthodontic services can effectively be treated with Invisalign just as well as with braces.

Why Invisalign® and not another brand?

Dr. Larhs has chosen to exclusively use this system for well over a decade now, for the following reasons: 

  • Invisalign is by far the market leader in research and development, volume, experience, and patented technology;
  • Best plastic with best aligner design (biocompatibility, effectiveness at force application, fit and comfort, designed with optimal gingival health in mind);
  • Patented optimized attachments as well as several other patented features offer treatment predictability and effectiveness.

How can I speed up my Invisalign® treatment?


Technology has advanced orthodontics again: Introducing Propel VPro. This device uses high-frequency vibration to speed up the movement of your teeth to reduce the time it takes to achieve your proper tooth alignment. What’s neat about VPro is that you only need to wear it for 5 minutes a day to see maximum results! These results can actually cut your overall treatment time by 64%. This new FDA-approved technology is a serious time saver, speeding up the process of getting a great smile like never before.

How Does VPro Work?

VPro’s high-frequency vibrations stimulate your bone and gumline. As a result, tooth movement is accelerated, and bone regeneration is seriously improved. Not to mention, VPro works with existing orthodontics like braces or Invisalign, making it perfect for giving your current treatment a boost when it comes to results.

Using Your Propel VPro Device:

Propel VPro comes with 4 different pieces to make it work: the Mouthpiece, the Vibration Device, a Compact Charging Case, and a Charging Cable with matching wall adapter.            

1. Charge your device for about 6 hours before you use it for the first time;                                    

2. Download the VPro+ app on your mobile device;

3. Connect the mouthpiece to the vibration device, making sure that the arrow points down at the button;

4. To turn on your Vpro device, place the mouthpiece in your mouth and gently bite down for 5 minutes until the vibration cycle is complete; 

5. When the device has completed its treatment, it will automatically shut off; 

6. When you’re done; remove the mouthpiece, rinse it off with warm water and let it air dry before storing it in its charging case.

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