Since Invisalign® technology was developed in 1997, it has transformed over 6 million smiles including 1.4 million teens. By using cutting edge, industry-changing technology patients will undergo a modern, fully digitized experience to help them get the smile they want, the way they want. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Invisalign® treatment process.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth much like conventional metal braces. Instead of brackets and wires, however, Invisalign® users receive a set of custom-made clear aligners to gradually move teeth into the correct position. As your bite changes, you will replace your aligner with the next in the series which is typically every two weeks. Your orthodontist will schedule regular appointments with you throughout your treatment to monitor your progress.
Will Invisalign® work in my day-to-day life?
Invisalign® is incredibly versatile. Unlike traditional metal braces, removable Invisalign aligners can be taken out briefly to enjoy your favorite activities. There are no eating restrictions with Invisalign because the aligners can be removed at mealtimes. They can also be removed for easier brushing and flossing which helps maintain healthy oral hygiene during treatment. Invisalign® patients also experience fewer emergencies and unscheduled appointments because there are no wires or brackets to break. Adults may be more comfortable using Invisalign® aligners because they are virtually undetectable.
Does Invisalign® cost more, or take longer than regular braces?
In our office, the cost for Invisalign® is the same as the cost of traditional braces, and may also be partially covered by your insurance company if you have orthodontic benefits. In most cases, the length of treatment for Invisalign® vs traditional braces is also comparable. Aligner changes are done at home, therefore, appointments are less frequent than with traditional braces.
Why in-office Invisalign® versus mail-order aligners?
Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites and other issues. Before you consider using a direct-to-consumer orthodontic company, the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) believes there are a number of factors and questions you may want to consider. You may learn more information on their website.
If you are considering Invisalign® to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of, there’s no time like the present to schedule a consultation at Lindner Dental Associates. Once you find out whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign, one of our board-certified Orthodontists will help you begin the journey to your perfect smile. Remember, the faster you make your initial appointment, the faster your aligners will be finished for you! Contact us online or call for more info: (603) 624-3900!