Dreaming of a straighter, healthier smile but dreading the thought of traditional, metal braces? Invisalign may be just the answer you’re looking for. We’ve rounded up the most frequently asked questions about these wildly popular “invisible” aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment gradually straightens your teeth with a series of clear, removable aligners. Invisalign gets rid of the brackets, wires, and restrictions that come with metal braces.
What is Invisalign made of?
Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic. Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.
How does Invisalign treatment straighten my teeth?
Your dentist will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan.
Your dentist will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Dreading the “metal mouth” look of braces? Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them.
You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break, sending you to your dentist for an emergency visit.
Unlike other brands, Invisalign clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material, designed for a more comfortable and better fit. Invisalign aligners are also trimmed based on your gum line for comfort and appearance.
Is Invisalign treatment right for me?
Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens. Nearly anyone looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile can benefit from these clear aligners.
Invisalign can be used to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life.
Parents can even be sure their child is wearing their aligners for the right amount of time, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners.
What is the treatment process?
nvisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained dentist. Your dentist will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
During your consultation, your dentist will discuss your teeth-straightening goals, how quickly you can reach your new smile, as well as treatment cost.
Your dentist will most likely recommend scheduling a dental checkup and cleaning before you begin Invisalign treatment to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to help avoid unnecessary risks.
Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created.
How often do you wear Invisalign?
You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your dentist. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place until you reach your goal of having a beautiful, straight smile.
For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your dentist will determine exactly how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs.
On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
How much does Invisalign cost?
In most cases, the cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the cost of braces. Your dentist will determine the cost of your treatment based on how complex your case is and how many aligners you’ll need.
There are several options to make Invisalign treatment more affordable for you, from using insurance and tax-free dollars to a monthly payment plan. Learn more.
Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment the same way they cover braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your Invisalign treatment, or it may pay for a certain dollar amount.
Many dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, which allow you to make small payments over the course of your Invisalign treatment rather than an up-front lump sum payment.
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Invisalign has successfully improved over 6 million smiles for adults and teens. If you’re looking for an “invisible” solution for straightening your teeth, ask Dr. Jon for an Invisalign consultation. You deserve the smile you’ve been dreaming of, so let’s get started with Invisalign.