Invisalign® aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. These ingenious appliances have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
Invisalign® aligners are an effective and discreet orthodontic treatment option worn comfortably over your teeth to continuously adjust alignment and spacing.
Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of your current teeth and the result you hope to achieve. With Invisalign® aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results.
You remove the Invisalign® aligners for eating, drinking, and cleaning only. At first, they will feel very tight, but they will begin to loosen and feel more comfortable after a few days.
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Invisalign®: More Than Just
Invisalign® provides more benefits than just straight teeth. Here are some of the extra benefits:
- Improved oral hygiene: Since there are fewer spaces for food particles and plaque to accumulate, straight teeth are easier to clean. Proper brushing and flossing become more effective, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
- Reduced risk of tooth damage: Uneven wear can be caused by misaligned teeth and put excessive stress on certain teeth, making them more susceptible to chips, fractures, and other damage. Straight teeth distribute the forces of biting and chewing evenly, reducing the risk of dental trauma.
- Better digestion: Straight teeth help in proper chewing, breaking down food into smaller particles, which aids digestion. Inadequate chewing, caused by misaligned aligned teeth, can lead to digestive issues and potentially affect overall nutrition.
- Reduced jaw pain and headaches: Crooked teeth can contribute to jaw misalignment, leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which often result in jaw pain, headaches, and even neck and shoulder discomfort. Straightening teeth can alleviate these symptoms and improve jaw function.
- Enhanced speech and pronunciation: Properly aligned teeth can improve speech clarity and pronunciation. Misaligned teeth, especially those affecting the position of the tongue, can make it difficult to produce certain sounds correctly.
- Improved overall health: Overall health is closely linked to oral health. Straight teeth and a healthy mouth can reduce the risk of health issues such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and complications during pregnancy.
It is important to note that orthodontic treatment, which includes options like braces or clear aligners, can play a significant role in achieving a straighter smile and improve the listed health benefits. If you find yourself worried about the alignment of your teeth, contact us at keith + associated to assess your situation and provide appropriate recommendations.
How does the Invisalign® process work?
To begin, we will take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and x-rays. Those records are sent to Invisalign® with detailed instructions on how we want the final result to appear. Invisalign® will scan the impressions to create a 3D model of the teeth and work with your dentist to get the mold to its exact proportions. Once final, the trays are made and mailed to your dentist's office. You will wear a set of trays for one to two weeks during your treatment. The total length of treatment usually takes around 6-9 months but may be shorter or longer in some situations. You’ll have a good idea of how long your treatment will last when you first meet with your dentist.
Invisalign® vs. braces—what's the difference?
There are many differences between Invisalign® aligners and braces, we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the introduction of clear aligners to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.
- Materials. Invisalign® aligners use clear transparent plastic, while braces use wires and brackets.
- Removability. Invisalign® aligners can be removed by the user at any time, while braces can only be removed by a professional.
- Food Restrictions. Invisalign® allows a user to eat whatever they would like and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what the user can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
- Injury Risks. Invisalign® aligners do not present any injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
- Visibility. Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
How much does Invisalign® cost?
The cost of this treatment is similar to the cost of metal braces. Costs can vary, depending on:
- Insurance coverage. Most insurance plans cover Invisalign® aligners the same way they cover metal braces. It is rare that insurance will cover Invisalign® aligners for purely cosmetic reasons, but each case is different.
- Length/complexity of treatment. With Invisalign®, you get new clear aligners every couple of weeks, so the cost varies, depending on if your treatment requires more (or fewer) aligners.
If you have any financial questions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your insurance coverage or additional payment options available.
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Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues—however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign®. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.