Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that has led the industry since its inception. Clear aligners are clear plastic trays that are molded to fit and adjust your teeth as you wear them. Patients receive new trays every couple of weeks and the new trays are adjusted to make your teeth gradually move into the position your orthodontist wants them. This is pretty much the same way traditional braces work only there are some great upsides to going with a clear aligner like Invisalign. For one thing, you can take them out and brush and floss as normal. That’s a huge plus!
Who should get Invisalign?
Are you looking for a great smile? Is the alignment of your teeth causing a physical problem for you? Then you are a candidate for Invisalign! The person who should get Invisalign is someone who, after a consultation with their orthodontist, receives the recommendation that Invisalign would be a great treatment regimen. That’s who should get Invisalign. It doesn’t matter whether you are a child or an adult, Invisalign has a program for you that will help accomplish the goals that you and your orthodontist settle on.
What does the process look like?
After you have met with your orthodontist and settled on a treatment plan, the next step involves a really amazing scan of your teeth. From that scan, we’re able to create a treatment plan that will move your teeth into the position they’re supposed to be in. After all of that work is done and you approve the process, we make your trays which you will wear pretty much every hour of the day. You can take them out for cleaning and eating, but that’s it. Every couple of weeks you’ll get a new set of trays and the process will continue until your treatment is complete and we all high five over what a great smile you have.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The answer to this question depends a lot on how extensive the work is. If you need a minor correction, it won’t cost as much as it might if you have a lot of work to be done. Realistically, you’re looking at somewhere in the ballpark of $5,000, maybe less, maybe more. There are other factors that impact the cost such as your insurance or your health savings account. We’ll work out the numbers with you upfront as we look over your treatment plan before you give us the thumb’s up. We also have payment plans that can work with your budget so that treatment doesn’t break the bank for you.
What if I’ve already had orthodontic or other dental work?
There are a lot of factors that go into whether a person is a candidate for Invisalign as a treatment. This question is impossible to answer with precision apart from a consultation with the orthodontist. The big picture answer is that if you’ve had certain types of orthodontic or dental work, Invisalign may work for you. For others, it won’t. If you have a bridge then Invisalign probably won’t be one of your treatment options. If you have a crown, the answer is maybe. If you’ve had braces before and your teeth have shifted, there’s almost no reason why you wouldn’t be a candidate for Invisalign.
Will Invisalign work if I am an adult?
Of course it will! In fact, one of the great features of Invisalign is that it minimally interferes with your already busy life. Instead of coming in for adjustments every couple of weeks like with traditional braces, you get a new tray in the mail that is adjusted for your treatment plan. Your friends and coworkers will barely even notice that you’re getting the same kind of care and teeth-straightening magic they got as teenagers with traditional braces plus you can eat and drink anything you want to.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Only one way to find out. There will be some discomfort, but no pain. If you experience pain, we’ll need to adjust your tray. The trays are designed to move your teeth so the pressure from the tray will probably cause some discomfort early on, but after that initial discomfort is gone you’ll barely notice that the tray is there.
Will I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign is complete?
Yes. Just like with traditional braces you’ll need a retainer to keep your teeth in the places we’ve moved them with the treatment. So, you’ll have to wear a retainer. You do have the option of a permanent retainer which is bonded behind your teeth which you’ll never have to take out, but that’s a discussion you’ll have with your orthodontist.
What can I eat and drink while wearing Invisalign?
Anything you want! That’s one of the best parts about Invisalign. You pop out your tray when you eat or drink and once you’re done and you brush your teeth, you just pop the tray back in and you’re on your way. No worries about breaking brackets or anything like that.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
Typically, no. You may find it takes some getting used to and there will probably be some increased saliva production early on in the treatment that may affect your speaking, but after a while, it all evens out. Most likely you won’t even notice that you’re wearing them. Nor will other people.
How long does Invisalign take?
There is no standard answer to this question. The reason is that each patient and their needs are different. For some patients, the treatment is for a minor issue so the length of time it takes to complete treatment is shorter than for someone who needs extensive treatment. The standard answer is that it takes somewhere between one and two years. You can expect your treatment to last that long and once you’re done you’ll have a beautiful smile as a reward.
What steps do I take to get Invisalign?
The number one step to take toward getting Invisalign as a treatment is to come in for a consultation. We will take pictures and x-rays of your mouth and our orthodontist will review your case. If you are a candidate for Invisalign, that will be presented to you as an option for treatment. The Next Step will be scans of your mouth which will create the trays that you will wear during the course of your treatment until it is complete. It’s a simple process and we are glad to get you started!