Blog Article Sample: How to Know if Invisalign is for You (FAQs)

Straightening your teeth is a major decision that can affect your lifestyle, appearance, and confidence. Invisalign treatments minimize the effects braces can have on your life. They are virtually invisible, so most people can’t tell you’re wearing them. But are these plastic aligners right for you? Here’s a list of nine frequently asked questions that can help you decide.

1. What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a near-invisible teeth aligner. They are comfortable, removable braces that consist solely of a clear tray placed over misaligned teeth to make them straight. They gradually realign crooked teeth. There are no painful wires and no metal or bonding cement. You don’t even have to find an orthodontist. Your regular dentist swaps out the trays every two weeks for a new prescription.

2. How much does Invisalign cost?

Aligner treatments cost a bit more than traditional metal braces. Because there are many variables to the treatment, costs can vary. The average cost can be $3500 for some patients and $8500 for others. Aligners usually receive partial coverage under a dental insurance plan for children under 18. Your dentist might offer you payment options that include a reasonable monthly plan.

3. How does Invisalign work?

There are four steps to getting your Invisalign clear braces:

  1. Consultation: During your consultation, your care provider will perform an assessment to make sure the treatment is right for you. Invisalign can straighten the teeth of most teens and adults, but there are exceptions.
  2. View your straight teeth virtually: Your dentist will construct 3D images from x-rays and impressions of your teeth. These will then be used to design a custom treatment plan to perfect the alignment of your teeth. You’ll be able to see 3D images of how your teeth will shift during each of the treatment phases until they align.
  3. Wear your custom fit aligners: Once your personalized treatment plan is formulated, Invisalign makes custom trays from BPA-free plastic that fit onto your teeth. These braces are near-invisible.

4. How long does Invisalign take?

For adults, treatment durations last about a year. Teens usually wear Invisalign for the same time that they would wear normal braces. How long your treatment period lasts really depends on the current condition of your teeth or how pronounced your bite is.

To stay on track, wear the Invisalign aligners daily, only removing them to eat, brush and floss. You’ll get the best results by wearing the trays at 20-22 hours a day. Every other week, your dentist will change the aligner you are wearing for a new one. This moves you to another level of treatment each time. 

5. Can Invisalign fix an overbite?

Crowded teeth, extra spacing, and bite misalignment are some of the issues that aligner brace treatments can fix. Not fixing problems like these can lead to other oral health issues:

  • Crowded, crooked, or over spaced teeth can create gaps in the gums that can lead to infection. Invisalign realigns your teeth properly to help prevent infection.
  • Ill-aligned teeth can cause damage to the enamel of some surfaces because of excess wear.
  • An improper bite can overtax tooth enamel, as well. It can also make chewing more difficult and contribute to speech impairments.

6. Is Invisalign painful?

When teeth move from their original positions with any realignment system, there is discomfort. Whenever your dentist updates your clear braces, there is discomfort until your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The good news is that Invisalign doesn’t use wires and metal brackets that cause sores on the inside of the cheeks.

7. Why would I choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces?

Metal braces and Invisalign both correct a wide array of teeth problems, like over- and under-bites, crowding and over-spacing, and they both straighten your teeth. However, braces effectively handle the 15% of all teeth-straightening cases that dentists can’t treat with Invisalign.

For the other 85% who can benefit from Invisalign, there are the following pros:

  • There are no food or drink restrictions. Consume what you like.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable for 2-4 hours each day, and you take them out before eating.
  • You’ll have teeth-straightening braces that are not noticeable to others.
  • You can easily maintain your oral health as you remove the aligner orthodontics prior to brushing and flossing.
  • Made from BPA-free acrylic material, Invisalign molds the aligners for comfort to fit snugly over your teeth.
  • Invisalign doesn’t tie up your life with frequent in-person visits for tightening and repair. You only have to visit the office every 4-6 weeks to pick up your new set.
  • Invisalign does not involve drilling, cement, wires, or wire clippers. Invisalign makes the braces from the gum impressions of your teeth.

Traditional braces don’t have the same ease and functionality:

  • Normal braces are more difficult to clean, and oral hygiene suffers. Tooth decay or gum disease can sometimes result.
  • Teeth discoloration can happen, and hardened plaque and tooth decay can result from near impossible flossing and inadequate brushing.
  • Eating can be difficult due to discomfort or banding, and crunchy foods are usually forbidden.

8. How will Invisalign affect my daily routine?

Invisalign is a convenient, worry-free treatment. The aligners fit snugly and will not fall out when talking or sleeping. Just remember a few things:

  • Remove the trays before eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum.
  • It is best to clean the aligners with the Invisalign Cleaning system, available from your dentist. However, they may be cleaned by brushing and rinsing.
  • Make sure to wear the aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day.
  • As with other orthodontic treatment options, you might talk with a bit of a lisp for a few days while your tongue adapts to the device.

9. What are some alternatives to Invisalign?

Here are some alternatives in align technology that might suit your lifestyle or pocket better:

  • ClearCorrect®: ClearCorrect® is similar to Invisalign, but has superior clarity. This company makes their aligners to withstand the clouding that can occur in plastic from general use inside your mouth. The initial formation of the aligners is done by digital scan. It’s minimally invasive.
  • Six Month Smiles®: Six Month Smiles® is another invisible aligner system that gives you straighter teeth. Because the Six Month system only focuses on moving your teeth, and not on adjusting your bite, the average time of completion is only six months.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are another virtually invisible option to obtain a straighter smile. They are actually regular braces that are placed on the inner (lingual) surface of the teeth, instead of being visible outside.
  • Ceramic Braces: The ceramic translucency of In-Ovation® C makes the appearance of the braces less noticeable in your mouth. Appointment times are fewer and shorter than with metal braces.
  • Metal Braces: The MicroArch® Advanced low-profile metal braces system is the most modern in the field. The size of the brackets is smaller for better appearance and comfort.