Are you considering investing in Invisalign to improve your smile? It’s important to be well informed before making your final decision. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
As the name implies, Invisalign is a virtually invisible way for patients to straighten their teeth and get their perfect smiles. Using 3D computer-imaging technology, your provider can generate a depiction of your teeth and develop a treatment for you to achieve your goals.
They use this advanced imaging technology to develop a series of transparent aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks before the patient moves to the next set and gradually reaches their end goal.
Is Invisalign the Same as Braces?
Both Invisalign and braces are orthodontic devices that will straighten your teeth and repair other dental issues. However, these two devices are not the same. Braces are a traditional orthodontic treatment. Braces consist of metal brackets adhered to the teeth and intertwined together. Invisalign are removable clear aligners.
Compared to braces, Invisalign is easier to maintain and more comfortable. Invisalign is also virtually undetectable, which is why most people prefer them over braces.
What Should I Expect During the Treatment Process?
Invisalign is a four-stage treatment process, but sometimes appointments contain multiple stages. Here is a general breakdown of each stage of treatment:
Stage 1: Initial Consultation
During your initial appointment, the dentist or orthodontist will examine your teeth and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. If this is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will discuss important treatment protocols with you and run down the cost of the entire procedure.
Stage 2: Molding
During this stage, the doctor will take digital impressions and X-rays of your teeth and mouth to create custom aligners that will help properly position your teeth. They send the photographs and impressions off to a lab to have your aligner trays created.
Stage 3: Fitting
When your trays are ready, the doctor will fit them into your teeth. There is a small adjustment period during which you’ll have to get used to having the aligners in your teeth. Once your trays are properly fitted, you are good to go.
Stage 4: Follow-up appointments
There will be several follow-up appointments to change the aligners as your teeth progress. The doctor will closely monitor tooth movement to ensure that you are on the right track for straighter teeth and make adjustments when necessary.
On average, the entire process takes 12-18 months. However, every Invisalign patient is different. Wearing the aligners 20-24 hours a day is crucial for the success of the treatment.
How Do I Get Started with Invisalign Treatment?
Many people wonder whether they have to consult a dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign. Both healthcare professionals can provide Invisalign service. Invisalign is the only orthodontic type of treatment that a dentist can legally perform. Request a free consultation with us to get started!
How Do I Maintain Invisalign Aligners?
Maintaining your aligners is a relatively simple process. You’ll want to make sure you remove them before eating meals and when brushing your teeth. Ideally, you should rinse your aligners every time you remove them.
Most providers recommend you clean them at least once or twice daily to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup. Regular cleaning also stops discoloration. You can clean them with baking soda, toothpaste, or cleaning tablets.
How Much Does Invisalign Treatment Cost?
Typically, Invisalign treatment costs more than braces. The average cost falls between $3000-$7000. However, the price varies depending on factors such as the complexity of your case and where you go to get treated.
Fortunately, some insurance policies cover a portion of Invisalign treatment, which helps reduce out-of-pocket costs. Monthly payment plans are a great option for patients who can’t afford to pay for the entire treatment upfront.
Now that you’ve gone through all the frequently asked questions about Invisalign, you are probably feeling more comfortable committing to the procedure. Start the process of transforming your smile today and consult with our orthodontic experts who have years of experience in Invisalign treatment.