Invisalign Clear Aligners: The FAQ
Curious about Invisalign? You’re not alone -- many of our patients have questions about this treatment. To help, we’ve put together an FAQ. Keep reading for the answers to everything you wanted to know about Invisalign!
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are a wonderful option for patients who could benefit from orthodontic treatment but who wish to avoid wearing metal braces. This method uses the same principles as conventional braces -- but without all the visible hardware. Many adults and even teens are eligible for Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic, removable aligners to gradually shift the teeth into the proper position. Each set of aligners is custom crafted to fit tightly around your dentition, placing focused pressure on different areas of the bite throughout the treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
On average, it takes from 18 to 24 months to complete the Invisalign treatment. The total length of your treatment, however, will of course depend on the complexity of your case. Additionally, lost or damaged aligners will add to the total treatment time and final cost of Invisalign. Parents of younger teens should be sure to consider this factor when deciding between removable Invisalign and fixed braces.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers a number of advantages compared to conventional braces. First of all, they’re practically invisible when worn. Plus, because the aligners are removable, you can easily slip them out before you eat and drink, so you will not have to worry about modifying your diet to avoid breaking a bracket or wire. And as long as you are wearing the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, you can even remove them for important meetings or big introductions -- as long as you continue use as soon as possible after.
What Does Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign can be used to correct the most common orthodontic issues, including the following:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Overbite, when the upper teeth reach too far over the lower ones
- Underbite, when the lower teeth cover part of the top
- Crossbite, when the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly
What Does Invisalign Cost?
The total cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on several factors, including how long you need to wear the aligners, how many visits with your dentist you will need to schedule, and how closely you comply with the treatment. We can give you a good estimate of what you can expect Invisalign to cost during a consultation. As long as you do not damage or lose any aligners, this estimate will be correct.
Where Can I Learn More about Invisalign?
To find out whether or not you are eligible for Invisalign, you are invited to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richardson. When you do, your dentist will evaluate your bite alignment and discuss your goals with orthodontic treatment. If you are indeed a great candidate for this option, you can look forward to getting started right away!
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