Since the inception of clear aligners, Invisalign® has quickly revolutionized the world of orthodontics. Now, there are other options available to straighten your teeth besides metal brackets. Whether you've been referred by your dentist to investigate your options between braces or aligners or have general questions, this is an important decision that will affect your quality of life and finances. This is why choosing a (or being referred to a reliable) dentist you trust with excellent reviews specific to Invisalign experience is important in your decision. Other questions to ask are: What’s involved in that first visit? How long is the treatment period? What will day and night be like throughout the treatment? Will you need to visit the dentist regularly throughout treatment and how often?
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Before you go on your first visit, take the free smile assessment before your consultation on Invisalign’s site to determine if you're even a candidate. While Invisalign can be useful in treating gaps, under and over bites, crowding and other issues, it is not ideal for every case. More severe cases of malocclusion would still require traditional braces or alternative treatments. However, by visiting your dentist, your official consultation will really help determine if Invisalign is right for you. On your visit, ask all the questions you need (i.e. cost, is this the best option for me, etc).
Invisalign aligners are almost invisible; they include no metal, are made from BPA-free clear plastic, and are custom made for your teeth. Your specialist will use x-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly. This process will gradually shift your teeth into place. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners, slowly moving your teeth towards their ideal positions. As opposed to metal brackets that are affixed to your teeth, the Invisalign process produces the best results when it’s worn for 20-22 hours every day, meaning that the aligners should be worn all day and night with the exception of meals and brushing your teeth. As it is a new piece of hardware in your mouth, you may need to spend a few days adjusting to speaking.
Both braces and invisalign are expensive procedures, but invisalign is slightly more expensive, with the average cost ranging between $3,500 and $8,000. The large variance in price is determined by how complex your bite is, the duration of your treatment, and your coverage options from your benefits/insurance provider (if applicable). Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate cost.
Are you interested in Invisalign and a consultation? It is an expensive procedure. This is why we offer financing options for all of our patients, if you are under-insured or have no insurance at all. Visit our locations to determine if aligners are right for you.