Many people are hesitant to straighten their teeth with traditional metal braces due to two main drawbacks associated with the treatment: discomfort and visibility. Fortunately, Invisalign® offers an excellent alternative that can address crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth quickly, comfortably, and inconspicuously. Invisalign® utilizes a series of clear, removable aligner trays to gradually adjust the position of the teeth and help provide you or your child a beautiful new smile. Dr. Ben Chan, our experienced orthodontist, can determine if Invisalign® may be right for you or your child’s needs during your initial consultation.
Invisalign® can address many of the same dental concerns that traditional metal braces can; however, this technique is not appropriate for everyone. If you have additional questions about Invisalign®, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.
What Is Invisalign®?
A fully customized treatment, Invisalign® is designed to straighten teeth using a succession of trays created with the help of 3D-imaging technology. Each aligner adjusts the teeth one step closer to their final position one week at a time, at which point you will move on to the next aligner in the series. Transparent and removable, the trays offer a completely different experience from traditional braces.
The aligner trays can be removed so you may eat, drink, brush, and floss, resulting in oral hygiene maintenance that is more simple and straightforward. Furthermore, Invisalign® has no metal parts that can rub on your gums or cheeks. You may also require fewer visits to the orthodontist for adjustments, giving you more free time and causing less hassle. There is also less risk of emergency visits due to breakage of wires or brackets. When you are not eating or cleaning your teeth, you should wear the Invisalign® trays at all times to optimize results. Most patients can complete treatment in about 9-15 months, though your experience may vary.
FAQs: Learn More About Invisalign®
As a helpful resource for our patients our orthodontist has selected a number of frequently asked questions and provided answers to the most common ones. We hope this information can allow you to determine if Invisalign® may be able to aid you in your goals. To find out more, reach out to our team to schedule a consultation.
What concerns can Invisalign® correct?
Many of the same conditions that traditional metal braces address can also be improved with Invisalign® clear aligners. Issues like gaps, crowding, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and other types of misalignment usually can be corrected. In certain cases, Invisalign® may not be right for your unique needs, and our orthodontist will help you select the right orthodontic method for you.
Does Invisalign® treatment hurt?
Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal parts that can pinch or rub uncomfortably on the soft, sensitive tissues of the mouth. As a result, most patients find the Invisalign® process to be far more comfortable than teeth-straightening methods that require wires and brackets. You may experience some mild soreness when using a new aligner for the first time with each set, but this effect should fade within a day or two. If you’re noticing more significant pain, talk to our team and we can help you find a solution.
How do I clean the aligners?
One of the best advantages of using Invisalign® is the ease of maintenance. Aligners can be removed, and should be taken out before eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. When you take out the trays, simply use a designated toothbrush to scrub the trays, inside and out, with a gentle liquid hand soap in warm (not hot) running water. Our dental hygienists will provide other tips and tricks to keeping your aligners clean and healthy while you use them.
How much does Invisalign® cost?
The price of Invisalign® ranges depending on the unique characteristics of the patient, their treatment plan, and their cosmetic goals. When we evaluate your oral structures and develop your Invisalign® program, we will go over the cost of treatment so you understand all the details. On average, the cost of treatment with Invisalign® is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. Many factors are taken into consideration when quoting a fee at your consultation, such as the number of arches treated and the severity of the case. We will discuss all of this information with you so you can feel well-informed about your options.
How long will Invisalign® treatment take?
While the rough guess is anywhere from around nine months to a little over a year, each person’s treatment plan will be completely customized. You can help speed up the process by wearing your Invisalign® trays consistently and as much as possible, ideally 20-22 hours per day. You should be wearing them at all times that you are not eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing, including at night.
To find out if this method is right for you, contact us today. We can answer questions and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Chan.