Invisalign Braces are a fantastic way to have your teeth straightened. It is another option that replaces the traditional metal braces and many people who need teeth straightening can qualify as good Invisalign candidates.
The Invisalign process and how it works
The way Invisalign works is the client’s mouth is ﬁtted for a custom made set of aligners speciﬁcally for their mouth. These molds will be taken during the ﬁrst appointment to get Invisalign braces. They braces are made of clear, smooth plastic rather than uncomfortable and noticeable metal and are much more comfortable once you get used to wearing them. Since they are ﬁt for your mouth, they are not difficult to get used to.
Every two weeks the client will put in a new set of aligners, which gently reposition the teeth back into the proper place. They need to be worn 20-22 hours every day, but due to the fact that they are custom ﬁt and not painful to wear, following this guideline is typically very easy. The aligners are taken out to eat and when brushing your teeth, but the rest of the time they will be worn.
Beneﬁts to using Invisalign are numerous, especially for those who engage in sports. If you participate in a sport that involves using a mouth guard, just take the aligners out during play and put them back in when the game is over. It’s that simple. No worrying about cutting lips or gums with painful wires, no worry about getting food stuck in your braces, just take them out, eat, brush your teeth and back in they go.
Other beneﬁts to using Invisalign, is that they are much healthier than regular braces. Because oral hygiene is easier, there is less worry about bacteria and disease from not cleaning metal braces correctly. They also help to keep the teeth and gums healthy by properly aligning the teeth and making sure the mouth stays healthy.
The cost of invisalign braces varies from place to place and many insurance companies cover having them just like with regular orthodontic work. Typically, depending on your insurance dental plan, they will cover $500 and more towards the cost of your invisalign braces. Most dental offices offer payment options in addition to this, so just give us a call to ﬁnd out what options we offer for payment.
Invisalign FAQs and their answers
How long will my treatment last?
Your dentist will be able to tell you exactly how long you will need to wear the aligners. It will vary for each client, depending on their individual needs, but the typical length of time is about one year. For teens it may take a little longer, but when you come in
for your consultation the dentist will be sure to go over this with you so you know exactly what to expect.
Will wearing the aligners affect how I speak or sound?
As with any type of braces, it will take a little bit of time to get used to wearing the aligners and speaking with them in place. The most common problem is a slight lisp which will go away once you get used to having them in your mouth. It usually just takes a few days to get used to having them in your mouth.
Will the Invisalign treatment be painful?
The treatment Invisalign provides versus traditional metal braces isn’t as painful but you might experience some discomfort in the beginning and with each change of the aligners. This is actually one way that you can be sure the aligners are doing their job. Most of the discomfort will be more of a slight pressure as the teeth are moved into place.
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