If you’re like most people, the words “orthodontics” and “metal braces” probably don’t conjure up images of a perfect smile. In fact, for many people, the idea of metal braces invokes thoughts of having to deal with a huge, unsightly piece of hardware in their mouth for years on end. Thankfully, times have changed! Orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, and one of the most popular new methods is called Invisalign.
Invisalign is a newer, alternative method to traditional metal braces for straightening teeth. It was invented by Zia Chishti in 1997 and has become increasingly popular in recent years. Many people choose it because it is nearly invisible – no one will be able to tell you are wearing them!
They are also removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want, and brush and floss your teeth like normal. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about Invisalign – from cost to how long they take to work!
How does it work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, customized, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth over time. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks before being replaced by the next set in the series. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will slowly begin to shift into place.
The great thing about Invisalign is that it is customized specifically for you. A dentist or orthodontist will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth and then create a digital model of your mouth. They will use this model to map out the entire treatment plan from start to finish. This way, you will be able to see how your teeth are expected to look once the treatment is complete.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
If you are considering Invisalign, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist or dentist. They will be able to determine if it is right for you and answer any questions you may have.
In general, most people who are candidates for traditional metal braces are also candidates for Invisalign. However, there are a few cases where Invisalign may not be the best option. For example, if you have very complex dental issues, this may not be able to provide the results you are looking for. Your orthodontist will be able to let you know if this is the case.
What is involved in the process?
If you do decide to move forward with Invisalign, the next step is to get fitted for your aligners. This process usually takes about two weeks. Once you have your aligners, you will need to wear them for 20-22 hours per day. You should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Failing to be compliant with your treatment plan will slow or completely halt your progress.
Every week or so you will wear a new set of aligners, moving you closer and closer to your final goal. It is also important to note that you will need to visit your orthodontist or dentist about every six weeks so they can check on your progress and give you the next set of aligners.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
The length of time it takes for Invisalign to work varies from person to person, but most people see very positive results within 12 months. In some cases, it may take a bit longer – up to 18 months.
What are the benefits?
In addition to being nearly invisible and removable, there are many other benefits that come with choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces. For example, because you can remove your aligners, you can eat whatever you want! With metal braces, you have to be careful about what you eat to avoid damaging the hardware.
Invisalign is also much more comfortable than metal braces. There are no sharp wires or brackets to irritate your gums and cheeks. And because they are custom-made for your mouth, they fit snugly and securely.
Most patients report having less pain and discomfort with Invisalign than with traditional braces.
Another great benefit of Invisalign is that you will be able to brush and floss your teeth like normal. With metal braces, it can be difficult to reach all of your teeth and keep them clean. This can lead to an increased risk of cavities and gum disease.
Does Invisalign make it hard to speak?
One common concern people have about Invisalign is that they will have trouble speaking normally. However, this is usually not the case. Because the aligners are made of smooth plastic, they should not interfere with your speech. If you do find that you are having trouble speaking clearly, it is likely because your aligners are new and you just need some time to adjust.
What are the downsides?
While Invisalign is an excellent option for many people, there are a few downsides to consider. The first is the cost. Invisalign is usually more expensive than traditional metal braces.
Invisalign also requires a higher level of compliance than metal braces. You need to be sure to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours per day and brush and floss regularly. If you don’t, you may not see the results you are hoping for.
Do all orthodontists offer Invisalign?
Not all orthodontists offer Invisalign. However, the number of providers who are certified to provide Invisalign is growing every day. You can use the Find a Provider tool on the Invisalign website to find an orthodontist or dentist near you who offers Invisalign.
In fact, not all orthodontists will even offer an invisible aligner option. Though many do, and there are alternatives to Invisalign such as ClearCorrect.
Cost and Treatment Time
The cost varies depending on a few different factors, such as the severity of your misalignment, how long you need to wear the aligners, and where you live. However, on average, Invisalign treatments can cost anywhere from $3000-$7500.
The length of treatment also varies depending on each individual case, but most people will need to wear Invisalign for about 12-18 months. In some cases, you may need to wear them for longer. Your dentist/orthodontist can give you an estimate for how long they think it will take in your case. However, that may change as treatment takes place.
Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?
Yes, you will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment is complete. This is necessary to keep your teeth from moving back into their original positions. Wearing a retainer is usually only required at night, but in some cases, you may need to wear it during the day as well.
Are you considering Invisalign?
If you are looking for a way to improve your smile, Invisalign may be the right option for you. Talk to your orthodontist or dentist to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Most dentists/orthodontists will offer a free consultation for you if they offer Invisalign. They will be able to answer any questions you have and help you make the best decision for your smile.