What is Invisalign®?
A system of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign® is an innovative alternative to traditional metal braces that can address a wide range of dental issues. Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth can make you feel self-conscious. Crowded and misaligned teeth can also cause plaque to form on teeth, leading to gum disease. Even worse, misaligned teeth, an overbite, or an underbite can be the cause of serious conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD. While traditional metal braces used to be the only option to straighten teeth, today there is Invisalign®.
Our cosmetic dentists are extensively trained in Invisalign®, a system of clear removable aligner trays to gently and gradually move teeth into the desired position. Great for teens and adults alike, this innovative treatment can make correcting most types of dental misalignment faster and more comfortable than ever.
How does Invisalign® Work?
By using a series of aligner trays, Invisalign® can gradually shift the position of your teeth into a more aesthetically desirable and better functioning location. Each tray is custom-designed to move your smile a little bit closer to your goal. Invisalign® trays are clear and removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Patients typically wear each aligner for about two weeks and then switch to the next one in the series. Our dentists will follow your progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary to achieve the optimal outcome.
How long does Invisalign® take?
The amount of time it will take to complete your treatment will depend on several factors, including the type and severity of the misalignment, how consistently you wear the aligners, and your individual rate of movement. Most patients can achieve their goals in as little as 9-15 months, which is often a shorter period of time than with traditional metal braces. You can help keep treatment time brief by wearing your trays at least 22 hours per day. If you’re not eating, drinking (water), or brushing and flossing, the aligner should be worn. If you notice any damage on the aligner, let us know right away so we can keep your progress on track.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
- Aligners are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and special occasions
- Each tray is worn for two weeks, and then you move to the next aligner in the series
- Most patients can achieve their goals in 9-15 months
- Clear aligners are virtually unnoticeable for more discreet treatment
Every treatment plan is fully customized by our dentists to best suit your unique needs and desired outcome. We utilize 3-D technology so that you can see a preview of the predicted result before beginning.
While Invisalign® can address a wide range of issues, this approach is not appropriate for all patients. We can help guide you toward the method that gives you the optimal result.
How much does Invisalign® Cost?
One of the many benefits of Invisalign® teeth-straightening is that it often costs about the same as traditional metal braces, although with this system you can enjoy more discreet and comfortable treatment. If you’re considering Invisalign®, our dentists will develop a customized program that optimizes your results during your initial consultation. During this evaluation and planning stage, they will review the cost of treatment based on your needs and goals. Since the plan is designed individually, the price will vary from person to person. Some of the factors that go into determining the final cost include the complexity of your case, length of time required to achieve the discussed outcome, and the number of aligners that will need to be used. The average Invisalign® user can expect to spend between $1,800 and $6,500, depending on their unique characteristics. The best way to receive an accurate quote is to schedule an appointment with our dentists, where we will provide a detailed account of what to expect.
Invisalign® Vs. Braces
Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign® have similar goals: to straighten teeth. The right technique for your needs can vary depending on the complexity of your treatment plan as well as personal preferences. Many patients prefer Invisalign®, as it can provide a more comfortable experience. Invisalign® has no metal or wires to dig into the soft tissues of the mouth, and the trays can be removed for pictures or special events, if desired. The trays are also low maintenance and virtually invisible, while braces require considerable upkeep and can be quite noticeable, even if clear or white ceramic brackets are used. As with all procedures, we will discuss your options during your consultation so you can make the best decision for you.
Invisalign® can be a great choice for teenagers as well as adults. Invisalign® Teen is specially designed for the unique dental needs and goals of adolescents. Just like original Invisalign®, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear aligner trays to shift the teeth over a period of time. The trays are clear, removable, and easy to care for. If you think your teen could benefit from this teeth-straightening method, talk to us today.
We believe everyone should have access to a smile they feel confident showing off. If you’re ready for Invisalign® and are interested in dental financing options, we can help you find the right plan for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Talk to us today for more information.
For more information about Invisalign®, or to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please contact our practice today.