What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is the clear alternative to traditional metal braces.
What is the difference between Invisalign® and metal braces?
Braces are comprised of metal wires and brackets. At times, this metal can poke and irritate the mouth which can be a painful part of the treatment process. Metal braces typically require more effort to brush and floss, which makes cleaning a time-consuming process. Individuals wearing traditional metal braces should expect some dietary restrictions. Braces offer an aggressive approach and apply more force to the surfaces of the teeth and can increase the risk of tooth trauma and discoloration.
Invisalign® is a series of clear aligners made from a hypoallergenic, medical-grade acrylic. There is no metal involved. The aligners can be removed prior to brushing or eating and are more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.
Is Invisalign® as effective as traditional metal braces?
Invisalign® can be just as effective as long as both doctor and patient do their part. Success will depend greatly on a correct diagnosis and treatment plan from the orthodontist and the patient wearing the aligners full-time as instructed.
Who can wear Invisalign®?
Most everyone, including adults and teens, will be a candidate for Invisalign®. Treatment will need to be determined by an Invisalign®-trained provider because each individual’s situation is unique.
How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a series of aligners custom made just for you. The trays are worn over your existing teeth and gently guide and shift your teeth into proper position. Every two weeks you will put in a new set of aligners, and you will continue to do this until your treatment is complete.
How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
The amount of time for treatment will depend on the individual’s unique situation. For adults, most cases are completed in one year or less. Complex cases could take up to 18 months. Invisalign® treatment time for teenagers is comparable to that of traditional metal braces.
Where can I get Invisalign®?
Not all dentists are trained on the Invisalign® system. Consultations should be scheduled with an experienced provider.
Is Invisalign® covered by dental insurance?
Many dental plans cover Invisalign® under orthodontic coverage as they would traditional metal braces. Your Invisalign®-trained doctor or dental insurance provider can work with you to understand your coverage and cost of treatment.