Long gone are the days where metal braces were the only solution for crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth. Now, image-conscious adults and teens alike can use Invisalign to get the orthodontic treatment they need without altering their daily appearance.
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligner trays to gradually shift the teeth. The trays themselves are practically invisible when worn, and you can even take them out whenever you need to brush your teeth or eat. In the end, the only thing people will notice is your perfectly straight smile! Typically, Invisalign is able to provide final results in just 8-18 months as opposed to two to three YEARS with braces.
After you complete your Invisalign consultation with the dentist, they’ll work with one of Invisalign’s many labs in order to create your series of clear aligners. Once Dr. Aten has reviewed your aligners, he’ll sign off on their fabrication and have them mailed to the office. Then, you’ll come back to try on your first pair and have the rest of the aligners handed off for personal use.
Each pair is meant to represent a different stage of your realignment. In order to receive the most effective and efficient treatment, it’s crucial that you wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing to eat or practice oral care. While it’s okay to remove them for a photo or two, it’s unlikely you’ll even need to thanks to their transparent qualities.
While fewer follow-up appointments are needed with Invisalign, you’ll still need to come in for a checkup every four to six weeks to ensure your alignment is going as planned. If adjustments are needed, Dr. Aten will make sure to provide them so there are no interruptions in your treatment.
Maintenance for aligners is very easy and straightforward. Simply rinse them every time you take them out and before you wear them. This will wash away residual saliva and prevent them from smelling poor. During your oral care routine, allow them to soak in cool water and Invisalign’s own blend of cleaning crystals. After soaking, use a dedicated toothbrush to remove food debris and plaque to prevent dental disease and keep them smelling fresh.
Do not use warm water, scented or colored soaps or other abrasive whitening toothpastes to clean aligners. Do not wear them while eating, drinking fluids other than water or when chewing gum. If eating richly pigmented foods, be sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth out before wearing your aligners to prevent stains.
The cost of Invisalign is largely comparable to other orthodontic treatments, including metal braces. Keep in mind that Invisalign is an investment that can save you money on issues crooked teeth have been known to cause later in life. While the upfront cost can be high now, more dental insurance plans today cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign than they have in previous years. Furthermore, you can always set up payment plans to make treatment more affordable. Overall, having straighter teeth is going to make brushing and flossing much easier to perform.
If you’re examining your options, there’s really no comparison when it comes to Invisalign and traditional metal braces. In the case for Invisalign, you’re getting a faster and more aesthetically pleasing solution to misalignment and poor bites. In contrast, braces can dramatically change your appearance and daily habits, which could be detrimental to your professional image and current routine.
However, Invisalign cannot fix all orthodontic issues. That’s why having the consultation first is key to determining which treatment is best for your unique case. Invisalign has been increasingly capable of solving issues that were exclusively treatable through metal braces.