Have you been told that you need braces? Do you dread the thought of wearing wires and brackets on your teeth for two long years? Invisalign might be a viable (and quicker) alternative to braces. Any orthodontic work is a huge undertaking and you want to make sure you make an informed decision. Here is a list of basic questions and answers about Invisalign that can help you make the best decision for your orthodontic care.
1. How does Invisalign treatment work?
Invisalign uses a series of custom made trays called aligners that you wear over your teeth. Your orthodontist or dentist will take photographs, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth and send them off to Align Technology. Based on those specifications, the company will create a series of custom made trays, called aligners, for your teeth. Some patients made need attachments, called buttons, for teeth that need a little more rotation. Wearing the aligners straightens your teeth just like braces. Special software is used by both the Invisalign dentist and Align Technology in order to predict the movement of your teeth. Every two weeks you will replace the aligner tray until you’ve achieved that perfect smile.
2. Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
Absolutely! Invisalign has been used to successfully treat a number of dental problems like crooked teeth, crowded teeth, widely gapped teeth, overbites and underbites. But, just like braces, the success of Invisalign depends on you. Though you can take the aligners out whenever you need to, the company recommends that you wear them at least 20-22 hours a day. However, they’re very comfortable. You might even forget you have them on.
3. What are some of the benefits of Invisalign?
Simply put, Invisalign takes less time out of your day. Patients have fewer restrictions than those with braces. Foods often get caught in the brackets and wires of braces, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Invisalign aligners can be easily removed when you eat, so you can eat whatever you want. Because they can be removed, you are able to brush and floss your teeth just like you normally would. The aligners are also easy to keep clean—you just brush and rinse them in warm water. You can also soak them in a half and half solution of Listerine and water twice a week to get them extra clean.
4. How long does Invisalign treatment typically take?
If you wear the trays for 20-22 hours every day, treatment typically takes about a year. Obviously, this varies from patient to patient. Invisalign may be a faster treatment plan than traditional braces. If your dental problems are minor, then you can take part in the Invisalign Express program. Successful treatment can be completed in as little as twenty weeks.
5. How often do I have to visit my Invisalign dentist?
You will need to visit your orthodontist or dentist about every four to six weeks. These visits enable both you and your provider to ensure that your treatment is progressing successfully and on schedule.
6. How much does Invisalign cost?
The good news is that Invisalign is comparably priced to braces. Treatment prices range from $3500 to $8000 and the average is about $5000. If you have a simple case, Invisalign treatment is even more inexpensive—it can be as low as $2000. Many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of treatment. Our office can help you determine the exact amount.
Money is hard to come by these days, but there are options for your out-of-pocket costs. Because Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment, you can use a flexible spending account to pay the costs associated with treatment. Dr. Marchbanks’ office also accepts CareCredit, which is a specialized credit card that can help you pay for a wide variety of medical expenses.
Invisalign treatment has definite advantages over braces. There are fewer restrictions. You can eat and drink any food you want. The aligners are easily removable, making it easier to care for both your teeth and the trays. Treatment time may be shorter than traditional braces. Contact Dr. Marchbanks’ Arlington Texas dental office today to see if Invisalign is right for you.