Often, patients who might value improving their smile aren’t aware that there is an alternative to the metal braces that would detract from their appearance. Thankfully, a modern alternative to traditional braces exists that is nearly invisible to the human eye. It’s called Invisalign. Invisalign has helped thousands of people achieve their dream of a beautiful smile.
Patients often ask the following questions about Invisalign:
Is Invisalign really effective?
Research studies and orthodontic practices nationwide have proven Invisalign’s effectiveness in straightening teeth.
What are the “aligners” Invisalign uses, and what are they made of?
The aligners are clear plastic trays (made of durable, medical-grade plastic) that are shaped especially for your mouth. Invisalign trays are almost completely unnoticeable. The aligners are used to gradually position teeth properly.
How much does Invisalign Cost?
Traditional braces and Invisalign cost about the same. These costs vary based on how extensive orthodontic treatment needs to be. Cost is generally correlated to the number of aligners necessary for correction.
Will dental insurance cover Invisalign?
Since coverage varies from person to person, it’s important to examine your policy and work closely with your dentist’s office to determine if Invisalign is a covered benefit. Typically, if you have orthodontic coverage, this should cover Invisalign, but again, policies do vary.
Are Invisalign aligners painful?
The initial days of the Invisalign treatment seem to cause patients the most discomfort, as with traditional braces. Your teeth are actually moving into an altered position, and this is the source of your pain. As your teeth start settling into their new position, your pain should stop.
How does Invisalign adjust the position of your teeth?
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not pull the teeth. Instead the aligners press teeth into proper position. These movements are central to your treatment; aligners must be worn at least 22 hours per day to be effective and should only be taken out briefly for special occasions or to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
Key benefits of Invisalign include:
· Appearance — Invisalign’s much less obvious appearance, of course
· Removability — The ability to take out the aligners for special occasions, or while eating and drinking or brushing your teeth
· Comfort — Invisalign’s high comfort level because no sharp edges are present to irritate the inside of your mouth
· Fewer dental visits — A reduced number of dental visits since Invisalign doesn’t need frequent adjusting like traditional braces
With costs comparable to traditional braces, Invisalign is rapidly become the solution of choice for many dental patients.