Braces: Everything to Know about Invisalign

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Are you looking to correct your teeth without the metal mouth? More than four million Americans have been treated with Invisalign. Of course, you have a lot of questions before you give it a try, so here are the answers to the most frequently asked.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternate option to braces for those who want to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a custom made, clear aligner that fits over your top and bottom teeth. They slightly shift your teeth horizontally, vertically, and even rotate your teeth in order to correct the shape of your smile.

What is it made of and what does it look like?

Invisalign is made out of a thermoplastic material that is virtually invisible. They are custom made and fit snuggly around your teeth; they look similar to a teeth whitening tray.

How does it work?

Your dentist will map out a series of different aligners for you after taking impressions, X-rays, and 3D photographs of your teeth. We will give you a series of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into place. You wear them 20-22 hours a day; each aligner lasts about two weeks after which you will check in with your dentist. After each visit, you will get an updated aligner that will correct your teeth even more. You repeat this process until you have the smile you seek.

What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit to Invisalign is that few will notice that you are wearing them. Their custom fit makes it easy to add them to your lifestyle and continue normal interaction with others. You can also remove the aligners to make eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing easier. That also means there are no restrictions to your diet while using the Invisalign treatment. And one of the best benefits to Invisalign — you don’t have to deal with all that metal and wire in your mouth!

Is the treatment painful?

There may be some minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage in the process. Many say that it is a feeling of pressure more than anything else. The discomfort should not last more than a few days. Just remember that this discomfort is a sign that your teeth are moving in the right direction.

How long does the treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case; your dentist will have to answer specifically. However, the average treatment time for adults is around 12 months.

How do I know if it is right for me?

Many people who want corrections to their smile can use Invisalign. Invisalign works around crowns and can correct overbites. However, severe cases may require standard braces or another type of treatment. This option may not work if you have a bridge, but only your dentist or Invisalign provider can tell you if you are a good candidate.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Each aligner is a custom made piece to help your smile so the cost may vary. Most dental insurances will cover at least a portion of the payment. Your provider will let you know the cost of the procedure before you start so you are aware of your payment options.

How do I get started?

Schedule an appointment with us today. We will consult with you and let you know if Invisalign is a good option for you. If it is, we will take custom impressions, X-rays and photographic images of your teeth which will help us mold a precise progress plan to help you get a beautiful smile.

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