The Invisalign® system actually has a lot of benefits that stem not only from its aesthetics but also the fact that it is removable. It can't always predictably be applied to every type of alignment and occlusion issue across the board, so it can't be used in every patient. This is where the consultation and diagnostic portion of treatment is crucial.
When your doctor determines that Invisalign® is the appropriate treatment option, there are several advantages compared to metal braces.
The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible while being worn.
The aligners can be removed when eating and when brushing and flossing. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is therefore much easier. In contrast, teeth that are bound by bracket and wire require a lot more effort to maintain, and the gums tend to have much more inflammation.
The aligners have smooth edges, so they won't poke you or irritate your gums, cheeks, or tongue.
Aligners are custom-made for your mouth, so treatment can be faster compared to metal braces.
1. Impressions are taken and sent to a laboratory, where a computer designs a series of virtual models that simulate the sequential staging of your treatment and desired endpoint. Your doctor will coordinate with the technicians to create a treatment pathway that is biologically and aesthetically successful. Your doctor may also reach out to you at this point regarding certain options that can affect the speed or predictability.
2. A series of clear plastic aligners will then be fabricated based on those models. You will then be called into the office to make sure that the aligners fit as they should and be shown how to properly take care of them.
3. Every two weeks or so, you'll replace your current aligner with the next one in the sequence so that your teeth continue to along according to plan. You'll also visit the office about every six weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing properly. Most patients complete treatment in under two years.
Many dental insurance plans are now covering Invisalign® as a standard orthodontic procedure. Our trained staff will help you navigate your benefits and coverage. For those who do not have insurance, we have other options when it comes to setting up payment plans and even take CareCredit financing.