What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked, unevenly spaced, or misaligned teeth. Using a system of clear plastic aligners, the teeth are gently guided into place. These aligners are completely removable, allowing Invisalign patients to eat whatever they like and easily clean their teeth. With Invisalign, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kalil Abide, can straighten your teeth to create the beautiful smile you have always wanted.
Invisalign vs. Braces
While traditional braces can effectively straighten the teeth, there are many inconveniences associated with metal braces. For instance, people are often embarrassed by the appearance of metal braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners instead, which are barely visible to others. Braces can also make cleaning the teeth very difficult. Even with diligent maintenance, food can easily become stuck in the braces. Over time, the teeth may also become stained or discolored due to the challenges of cleaning around the braces. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can take them out prior to meals, eat without any limitations, clean the teeth as normal, and replace the aligners afterward. With Invisalign, there are no rubber bands or broken wires to worry about, which can reduce the total number of visits to the dentist as well as improve the patient’s comfort. Depending upon the severity of misalignment and the patient’s personal goals, Invisalign may also be a more cost effective and quicker method of achieving straighter teeth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign system relies upon custom-fitted plastic aligners to realign the teeth. A mold of the teeth is taken to create the first set of aligners. Once the teeth have adjusted to this set of aligners, a second set is used to further guide the teeth toward their ideal position. This process is repeated until the desired results are achieved.
How to Clean Invisalign Aligners
Cleaning Invisalign aligners is quite easy. For everyday cleaning, simply run the aligners under water and brush with a toothbrush. When you feel the aligners need some extra cleaning, you can brush the aligners with antibacterial hand soap. Remember to thoroughly rinse the Invisalign aligners and the toothbrush afterward.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
The Invisalign system is designed to gradually and gently shift the position of the teeth until they reach their optimal position. Mild soreness may be experienced during the first few days of each new set of aligners as the teeth begin to adjust. Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate the inside of the mouth. Consequently, Invisalign may be a more comfortable orthodontic solution.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The duration of your treatment with Invisalign will depend upon the severity of misalignment as well as your diligence in wearing your aligners. Though the aligners are removable for eating or cleaning the teeth, patients should wear them an average of 22 hours a day to maximize the benefit. Most patients can achieve straighter teeth in 9-12 months, though some patients are able to attain their goals in six months.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
There a number of variables that can influence the price of Invisalign, including the number of arches treated, your customized treatment plan, and your personal goals. Though there is no fixed cost for Invisalign, Dr. Abide will provide you with a quote for your treatment at the end of your initial consultation. In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. We also offer a number of dental financing options to help patients find a method of payment that works comfortably with their budget.