Invisalign is an effective and comfortable orthodontic treatment. It is designed to align your teeth, just as traditional metal braces do. But unlike metal braces, Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to wear. Instead of metal wires pulling your teeth into position, the Invisalign process uses a series of clear aligners that position your teeth. The aligners are shaped from images which are computer-generated and based on a digital scan of your teeth taken by your orthodontist.
The Invisalign System
The Invisalign system works by gradually moving your teeth into straighter positions. Clear plastic aligners are changed every few weeks over the course of your treatment, so that each time that you place a new aligner into your mouth, your teeth are a little bit straighter. Each tray is shaped for teeth slightly straighter than your teeth. The result is a gentle pressure that moves your teeth to meet the aligner incrementally and gradually.
In short: Invisalign uses clear aligner molds that shift your teeth in a new position as they move to fit the aligner shape. You will visit your orthodontist about once every eight weeks, to be sure that the treatment is progressing properly.
Why Choose Invisalign?
There’s a range of advantages for selecting Invisalign over standard metal braces. Made from clear plastic, they’re almost invisible to other people, considerably less obtrusive than traditional metal braces. And, they can be removed for 2 to 4 hours every day. Metal braces must be worn all the time, 24/7.
It’s also easier to care for your teeth when you choose Invisalign. Metal braces may require you to change your dental hygiene routine and at least some of your food choices. But Invisalign trays allow you to brush and floss normally by simply removing the trays. This means you can also consume the foods that you love without any risk that metal braces and wires are coming loose.
Invisalign works well for most ages. They’re the modern alternative to metal braces as an orthodontic treatment, an unobtrusive way to get a straighter smile regardless of your age.
One important note, however: you must wear them as directed every day or the treatment may not work.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
While Invisalign can cost a bit more than traditional metal braces, the comfort, convenience, and unobtrusiveness of the Invisalign system make it a terrific choice. The cost of Invisalign will vary depending on your dental needs, and you may be surprised at how affordable your options are.
Another bonus with Invisalign: in many cases, you will wear Invisalign for less time than metal braces. Depending on your specific needs, Invisalign treatment can take 6 to 18 months.
Our skilled dental team can assist you with financial inquiries for Invisalign, and review your treatment options. We can help you make the Invisalign choice that is best for you and your budget. Most insurance plans that have orthodontic coverage will cover Invisalign.
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If you’re ready to learn more about Invisalign, we’re here to help! Just reach out to us today, and our team will be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for straighter teeth.