Clear Aligner Treatment: Invisalign or In-House Aligners

Achieve a straighter smile with Invisalign at Quimby and Collins. Invisalign offers a discreet alternative to traditional braces, using clear aligners that are virtually invisible. Our experienced orthodontists personalize each treatment plan to fit your unique needs, ensuring optimal comfort and results. Discover the confidence of a beautifully aligned smile with our trusted Invisalign services today. Here are some areas we serve Invisalign to:
  • Matthews, NC
  • Weddington, NC
  • Stallings, NC 
  • Indian Trail, NC 
  • Wesley Chapel, NC
  • Mint Hill, NC
  • Waxhaw, NC
  • Blakeney, NC
  • Ballantyne, NC
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • Indian Land, SC

What is Invisalign?

Clear aligners like Invisalign are a true wonder of modern orthodontics. Using cutting-edge technology and good old-fashioned know-how, these little wonders can straighten your teeth without anyone even knowing! You see, the science behind clear aligners is all about pressure —gentle, constant pressure that shifts your teeth into their proper positions over time.

Invisalign aligners rely on custom-made plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. Each set of trays is slightly different than the last, gradually guiding your teeth toward perfect alignment with every passing day. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on every patient’s Invisalign treatment journey to know exactly what you can expect.

Invisalign, is a type of clear aligner system and is a true wonder of modern orthodontics. Drs. Quimby and Collins were one of the early users and were trained and certified over 20 years ago along with current ongoing training and certifications. Using cutting edge technology, the doctors straighten your teeth and improve jaw position. The aesthetic appeal makes this treatment popular because of its translucent appearance, making it blend in with your teeth to create a uniform smile. Utilizing their biomechanical training, the doctors use the science behind clear aligners to properly sequence tooth and skeletal movement with a gentle, constant pressure to shift your teeth in their proper position over time.

Invisalign aligners rely on custom-made plastic trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. Each set of trays is slightly different than the last, gradually guiding your teeth toward a perfect alignment with every passing day.

First, you’ll schedule an appointment with our orthodontist to evaluate your teeth and determine if Invisalign is right for you. Our compassionate staff will take photographs, ultra-low dose 3-D x-rays, and 3-D digital scans of your teeth.

The best part? You no longer have to deal with goopy molds—Drs. Quimby and Collins use state-of-the-art digital scanning technology to create a 3D model of your teeth.


Once you and your orthodontist have decided to straighten out those pearly whites with Invisalign treatment, it’s time to create a treatment plan. They’ll map out a customized plan using advanced technology and expert knowledge.

Using the treatment outcome simulator, the doctors are able to offer you a before and after simulation of your teeth, giving you a glimpse of your beautiful smile possibility.


After the records have been taken and the treatment plan has been decided, the doctors will program tooth movement specific to your dental and skeletal needs. The aligners are then ordered and then you will receive your first set of aligners in the office so that the doctor can evaluate the fit, review wear and care instructions. You will be given a series of aligners and own your way to achieving that beautiful you have always wanted.


Appointment times and intervals between appointments vary per patient based on each individual’s staging of tooth movements. Some appointments are needed at shorter intervals while others range from 4-12 weeks. There are virtual monitoring options available.


You did it! We knew you could and our team is so happy to be a part of the process of creating a beautiful smile that you can confidently go to social gatherings or business meetings. During the final check, we will ensure you are satisfied with your smile and the doctor will assess your bite and esthetics. A final set of retainers will be made to hold that winning smile.


Invisalign FAQ's

Whether Invisalign is better than traditional braces depends on individual factors and treatment goals. Invisalign offers several advantages, such as being virtually invisible, and is removable for easier eating and oral hygiene, and generally causing less discomfort compared to braces. It can also be more aesthetically pleasing for adults and older teens who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces.

However, traditional braces may be more suitable for complex orthodontic issues or cases requiring movement is not suitable for aligners. They are fixed appliances that are always working to straighten teeth, similarly Invisalign aligners must be worn consistently and may require more patient compliance for optimal results.

Ultimately, the best choice between Invisalign and braces depends on factors like the severity of your orthodontic issues, your lifestyle and preferences, and the recommendation of your orthodontist based on their evaluation of your teeth and jaw structure. Consulting with a qualified orthodontist will help determine which treatment option is most suitable for achieving your desired smile.

Both Invisalign and traditional braces can cause discomfort, but the type and intensity of pain can vary.


  • Initial Discomfort: When you first start wearing a new set of aligners, you may experience some discomfort or pressure as your teeth adjust to the new position. This discomfort is typically mild and often described as a feeling of pressure rather than pain.
  • Speech: Some people may experience temporary changes in speech patterns as they get used to wearing the aligners, but this usually improves over time.
  • No Metal Irritation: Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, so they are less likely to irritate the gums and cheeks.

Traditional Braces:

  • Soreness: After adjustments or when braces are first applied, you may experience soreness or discomfort as your teeth begin to move. This discomfort can be more pronounced compared to Invisalign aligners.
  • Metal Irritation: Braces have metal brackets and wires that can sometimes cause irritation to the lips, cheeks, and gums, especially shortly after adjustments.
  • Harder Foods Restrictions: Certain foods may need to be avoided or eaten with caution to prevent damage to braces, which can prolong treatment.

While both Invisalign and braces can cause discomfort during treatment, Invisalign aligners are generally considered less painful overall due to their smooth, removable design. However, the discomfort experienced with either option is usually manageable and temporary as your teeth gradually adjust to their new positions. Your orthodontist can provide guidance on managing discomfort and ensuring your treatment progresses smoothly.

Yes, for Invisalign treatment to be effective, you typically wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. The aligners should only be removed for eating meals and snacks, drinking anything other than water, and for oral hygiene activities such as brushing and flossing your teeth. Keeping the aligners in for the recommended amount of time ensures consistent pressure and movement of your teeth, which is necessary for achieving the desired results within the planned treatment timeline. Regularly wearing your Invisalign aligners as prescribed by your orthodontist is essential for successful treatment and achieving a straighter smile.

While Invisalign is highly effective for many patients, there are some potential downsides to consider. One concern is compliance, as the aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours daily and removed only for eating and oral hygiene. Forgetting to wear them consistently can prolong treatment time or affect results. Additionally, some people may experience initial discomfort or changes as they adjust to wearing the aligners. In certain complex cases, traditional braces might still be the recommended option. Consulting with Quimby and Collins can help determine if Invisalign is the best choice for your specific dental needs and lifestyle.

The cost of Invisalign treatment can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the duration of treatment, and your location. On average, Invisalign treatment typically ranges from $3,000 to $8,000 in the United States. More straightforward cases may be on the lower end of the spectrum, while more complex cases that require longer treatment times may be on the higher end. It’s essential to consult with Quimby and Collins who can assess your specific needs and provide a personalized treatment plan, including cost estimates and potential payment options or financing plans that may be available to help manage expenses.

In-House Clear Aligners:

Discover our affordable alternative to Invisalign with our in-house clear aligners, designed to deliver exceptional results at a comparable lower price. These custom-made aligners are crafted to straighten your teeth discreetly and effectively, just like Invisalign, but without the lab fee. Our experienced orthodontists oversee every step of your treatment, and are in full control throughout your treatment, ensuring precise adjustments to achieve your desired smile. With in-house clear aligners, you can enjoy the benefits of clear, removable aligners that fit seamlessly into your lifestyle, all while achieving the beautiful smile with a quick turn around time. Our in house clear aligners make an excellent option if you are searching for a quicker orthodontic option to achieve a beautiful smile
for a wedding or any special event. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how our in-house clear aligners can transform your smile affordably and conveniently.

We Welcome New Patients and Transfers!

Our orthodontic experts offer early treatment for children to help guide craniofacial growth and development. In both adults and children, we correct deep bites and crooked teeth with braces, such as Damon, or Clear Aligners  (in-house, Invisalign and Suresmile are just a few options). Our treatment results create beautiful smiles and also help improve breathing and airways.  Drs. Meredith Quimby and Kelly Collins will see you at every visit to personalize care while creating your best smile! 

Bottom half of woman's smiling face.