Invisalign realigns your teeth using a series of trays that are shaped according to your unique dentition. Each one is designed to place pressure on a different part of the bite throughout the treatment. You will be instructed to wear each tray for one to two weeks before advancing to the next in the series. The changes are slight each time, but after about one year, on average, the treatment is complete — and your smile has never looked better!
Invisalign trays are removable, allowing you to eat what you like throughout treatment. Removability also means there are no special techniques for cleaning, like with conventional metal braces. And as long as you are wearing the trays for the recommended 20 to 22 hours daily, you can even feel free to remove them to look and feel your best before important meetings or events.
Invisalign works using the same orthodontic principles as traditional braces, but it does so using clear, removable plastic aligners rather than visible metal hardware. That’s perhaps the most significant difference. Some of the other important ways in which these two treatments differ include:
No matter their age, few people want to wear metal braces. Thanks to recent improvements in the Invisalign method and a new indicator to help teens better comply with the treatment, Invisalign is now a great option for patients of all ages. That’s wonderful news for busy adults and image conscious teens alike!
The cost of the Invisalign treatment depends on several factors, including the complexity of your case and how well you comply with the treatment. Some Invisalign cases can be completed in as little as 6 months, while others may take over 18 months to fully realign the bite. Longer treatments cost more since you will require more trays and additional visits to the dentist.
You can reduce expenses by following all of the Invisalign instructions carefully. Make sure you clean your aligners properly and avoid exposing them to high temperatures. Always store Invisalign in its case while you eat -- it’s easy to toss an aligner in the trash if you wrap it in a paper towel at lunch. And, perhaps most importantly, wear your trays for the recommended 20 to 22 hours each and every day.
These tips can help you progress through the Invisalign treatment without any delays or added expenses. The only way to know for sure how much you can expect your Invisalign treatment to cost is to visit your dentist for a consultation.
Are you interested in benefitting from the functional and cosmetic benefits of properly-aligned teeth? Invisalign is an excellent option for subtle straightening -- and we can’t wait to help you get started. Schedule an appointment today!