For a long time, adults with crooked teeth felt kind of stuck. Many wanted to straighten them, but they weren’t willing to spend years in metal braces to do it. This is understandable, as braces are very noticeable and can often make a person feel self-conscious. But, what if you didn’t have to get metal braces? With Invisalign, you can now straighten your teeth effectively and discreetly—in fact, only you and your dentist will know you’re using it. In the end, the only thing your friends and coworkers will notice is your beautiful results!
Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a progressive series of thin, clear plastic aligners to shift the teeth. As a patient wears one, it places a small amount of pressure that gently guides the teeth towards their desired positions. They are custom-made using a digital impression of a patient’s mouth to create a comfortable fit, and often, people forget they are wearing them at all.
In addition to being unnoticeable, Invisalign also has another benefit you won’t find with regular braces: freedom. The aligners are easily removable, meaning you can take them out whenever you need to eat or brush. This allows patients to maintain their regular diets and brushing routines, helping Invisalign fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.
Could Invisalign be exactly what your smile needs to look and feel its best? To learn more about this treatment and get started, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Although Invisalign seems like the perfect treatment for you, you undoubtedly have some questions about it. That’s why we have assembled some of the questions we get asked the most often about Invisalign and answered them for your benefit.
It’s definitely possible. Many patients who once had braces and neglected to wear their retainer for whatever reason have had their teeth shift back into a misaligned position. Thankfully, Invisalign can be used to straighten teeth in all kinds of cases, from simple to complex. Many people who used to have braces opt for Invisalign this time around for a more subtle approach to achieving straight teeth.
More often than not, the cost of Invisalign is about the same as the cost of traditional braces. At your consultation, we will determine the cost of your treatment based on factors such as how complex your case is and how many aligners you’ll need. The great news is that more and more insurance companies are beginning to cover at least the partial cost of Invisalign. Keep in mind that no matter how much you end up paying for treatment, it will be worth it to have beautiful, healthy, straight teeth smiling back at you in the mirror!
The duration of your treatment depends on a few factors, such as your dedication to wearing your aligners and the severity of your dental misalignment. Based on your specific case, we can determine about how long your treatment will take. On average, Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months to straighten your smile, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks. Compare this to the two years patients often spend with traditional metal braces, and it’s easy to understand why most people prefer Invisalign.
The best way to clean your aligner trays is with the special Invisalign Cleaning System, available from our office or online from the Invisalign website. You could also brush them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. NEVER use hot water, as it could warp the plastic of the aligners so that they don’t fit correctly, compromising your treatment.
It’s also important to brush your teeth after every meal or snack and before placing your aligners back in. Otherwise, food residue could get trapped in your aligners and stain them, making them not as invisible as they could be.