Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear, custom-made aligners to gradually shift teeth into their proper position. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, making them a discreet option for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without the noticeable appearance of metal braces. In this webpage, we will discuss everything you need to know about Invisalign, including how it works, its benefits, and what to expect during treatment.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with the dentist. Here we will assess your teeth and determine if Invisalign is a suitable option for you. If Invisalign is recommended, we will take impressions of your teeth that will be used to create a series of custom-made aligners. These “trays” are worn for 2 weeks each and gradually shift your teeth into their proper position.
Do I have to wear the aligners all the time?
We recommend wearing your aligners 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks, and each set of aligners will be slightly different than the previous one, gradually shifting your teeth into their desired position.
Benefits of Invisalign
Discreet: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, making them a discreet option for adults and teens who are self-conscious about wearing metal braces.
Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable plastic that won’t irritate your gums or cheeks like metal braces can.
Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easier to eat, brush, and floss compared to traditional metal braces.
Effective: Invisalign is an effective treatment for correcting a variety of dental issues, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps, and bite problems.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment typically takes 18 months to two years to complete, depending on the severity of your alignment issues. During this time, we ask that you come in for a check-up every six to eight weeks to monitor your progress and receive your new set of aligners. These visits are part of the package and included in the initial price of Invisalign.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth after eating and before reinserting your aligners to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign treatment is generally not painful, but you may experience some discomfort or pressure when you first begin wearing a new set of aligners. This discomfort typically subsides after a few days. While braces can rub against the insides of your lips and cause irritation, Invisalign aligners are smooth and a more comfortable alternative.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Yes, if you have a plan that covers orthodontics, Invisalign is often included. Invisalign can be slightly more expensive than braces, so the full treatment may not be covered depending on your plan. We can help you to find out exactly what is covered before you begin treatment. We also offer financing plans to help make the cost of Invisalign affordable for you.