So, you’ve been diagnosed with an orthodontic issue – now to decide on treatment options. Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment of time and money. You want to make sure you’re using the right product. In this post, we look at some commonly used devices and products.
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Invisalign is a series of clear plastic orthodontic aligners that straighten teeth without metal or brackets. Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable for eating and brushing your teeth.
How is Invisalign different from braces?
Invisalign and braces are both good options for straightening teeth. The one that's right for you will depend on your unique case.
Braces are typically made up of wires and metal brackets. They are affixed to the teeth and cannot be removed except by a dental professional at the end of treatment. They must be adjusted periodically in order to move your teeth into the desired positions in small increments.
Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made of transparent plastic to fit securely over your teeth. With Invisalign treatment, you get a series of these aligners, and each set in the series will be made to fit your teeth exactly at a given stage of treatment. You wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next one until your teeth are in their corrected positions.
Invisalign aligners are clear, making them hard to see when worn, and they are also removable, making it easy to brush, floss and eat.
How long do you wear Invisalign aligners for?
It's important to wear your Invisalign aligners for the recommended time of no less than 22 hours per day. You can take your aligners out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth, but you should wear them the rest of the time.
Be sure to clean your teeth and the aligners before putting them back in!
Will Invisalign treatment affect my daily life?
As with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will have an impact on your daily life. However, the effect is mostly minimal!
Because Invisalign aligners are transparent, it will be hard for others to see them when you're wearing them. You may find most people don't even realize you're undergoing orthodontic treatment!
And while you should wear your aligners a minimum of 22 hours a day for the best results, you can remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means you don't have to make any significant changes to your diet or to your oral hygiene routine.
Some people feel temporary discomfort (usually a feeling of pressure) for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is normal, and in fact, it’s a sign your Invisalign clear aligners are doing their job and straightening your teeth.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment is usually similar to the cost of braces, and will be determined based on how complex your case is and how many aligners you need to correct your misalignment.
In some cases, insurance will cover some part of Invisalign treatment. You can also talk to your dentist about a payment plan to help make treatment more affordable.
What is the Invisalign treatment process like?
Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then develop a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the incremental movements of your teeth that will eventually result in a straighter smile.
Once you approve this plan, your aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, or as prescribed by your doctor. The aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.
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