If you want to straighten your teeth, you have a few options, including traditional braces and clear aligners from Invisalign®. Patients considering Invisalign® therapy can consider the following seven factors in their decision.
1. Invisalign® Is an Alignment Treatment for Crooked Teeth
Invisalign® treatment uses clear aligners to straighten the patient’s teeth over time. It involves a customized digital treatment plan that starts with the patient’s original smile and progresses to the teeth alignment that they want. After the initial consultation and treatment plan development, the dentist gives the patient their aligners to wear on their own.
2. Treatment With Invisalign® Involves a Series of Clear, Removable Aligners
During Invisalign® treatment, your dentist will give you a series of clear aligners with gradually changing shapes. The clear aligners will work best when you wear them 20 to 22 hours a day. Otherwise, you can take out the aligners to eat, drink or take care of your teeth. Your Invisalign® dentist will tell you how often to change your aligners. Most patients change them every week or two, but this interval depends on the individual treatment plan.
3. You Can Take Care of Your Aligners With Traditional or Specialized Methods
As an Invisalign® patient, you’ll be able to clean your aligners with a solution or a toothbrush and toothpaste. The aligners can get stained when they get food on them, so you’ll need to brush after eating before putting them back in your mouth.
4. Patients May Prefer Invisalign® Over Traditional Braces
The right choice of orthodontic alignment for your teeth will depend on your needs and preferences. Patients who prefer Invisalign® appreciate benefits such as:
- Comfort: Invisalign® aligners have gentler and more comfortable materials than conventional braces.
- Flexibility: You can remove Invisalign® aligners to protect them from food-related damage or care for your teeth.
- Subtle appearance: Clear materials and a customized fit give Invisalign® a less obvious appearance than braces.
5. Many Patients Who Need Orthodontic Treatment Qualify for Invisalign®
Most patients in their teenage years and older who are looking to straighten their teeth can use Invisalign® aligners safely. Invisalign® offers the Teen series that features blue dots that fade with wear, so parents can ensure their teenagers wear them.
6. The Typical Invisalign® Treatment Takes Less Than a Year
On average, a full course of Invisalign® treatment lasts six to twelve months. Some cases take shorter or longer, but most do not take longer than the typical length of treatment for traditional braces.
7. You Can Pay for Invisalign® Using Insurance or a Payment Plan
Dentists often offer multiple payment options for Invisalign®, including insurance and payment plans. Your provider will help you determine how much your insurance will cover and set up a payment plan if necessary. The price of Invisalign® therapy depends on factors such as the number of aligners needed, the length of treatment and the condition of the patient’s teeth.
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