Invisalign® Invisible Braces
Invisalign ® is a new orthodontic treatment system that works to
straighten teeth through the use of a series of clear plastic molds
(aligners). Invisalign® "invisible" braces eliminate the
metallic smile that is characteristic of traditional orthodontic braces.
View this page to learn more about invisalign®, including information
about cost and the benefits of using the clear retainer system.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
To ensure the most precise outcome, your orthodontist will use computer
imaging to create your invisalign® braces. After taking bite impressions
of your mouth, the dentist will use the invisalign® three-dimensional
computer imaging system to create a series of clear retainers. The first
one will fit your current configuration of teeth. Each successive retainer
will act like invisible braces, using gentle pressure to move your teeth
to their target alignments.
The number of invisalign® trays used will depend on each individual
case but the average is between 18 and 30. Each clear invisalign®
retainer is removable and worn for two weeks (24 hours a day, except
during meals) and then the next aligner is used. This process is repeated
until the teeth are in the desired position. The entire invisalign®
treatment takes the same amount of time as traditional orthodontic braces.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Perhaps the most apparent benefit of invisalign® is that patients
can straighten their teeth without anyone knowing. Most adults would
rather live with crooked teeth than spend two or more years with the
metal braces that they remember from their teenage years. The clear
invisalign® retainer was developed to introduce some much-needed
aesthetics to the field of adult orthodontics.
The invisalign® system also boasts improved hygiene over traditional
braces. Because the clear retainers are removable, patients can brush
and floss as they normally would, reducing the chances of possible staining
and decay that often occur with traditional braces. Food and drink choices
are less restrictive, as well. If patients wish to eat sticky candy
or drink soda, they may do so after removing their clear invisalign®
There are very few problems associated with the invisalign®
system. People who fail to wear their clear invisalign® retainer
at all times may find that their teeth don't change position as quickly
as they would like. Some people with sensitive teeth and gums may feel
some discomfort when they switch to a new aligner in the series. These
problems with invisalign® are minor and most patients feel that
the benefits far outweigh any problems.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost
Treatment with invisalign® may cost as much as 20 to 50 percent
more than traditional orthodontic treatments. The exact figure will
depend heavily on several factors, including the extent of treatment
required and how many aligners need to be created. Geographic location
of orthodontists also affects the average invisalign® cost. It is
advisable to inquire about pricing when you are in the process of choosing
a invisalign certified dentist.
Your dental insurance may cover treatment with invisalign® braces.
Most patients find that their coverage is the same for invisalign®
as for other types of orthodontic treatment. You should inquire directly
with your insurance company to determine whether the cost of invisalign®
is fully or partially covered.
If you would like to know more about Invisalign, please contact
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