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Many patients with misaligned teeth long for a straighter, more attractive smile but are reluctant to pursue orthodontic treatment because they don’t want their smile to be saddled with off-putting metal appliances. Invisalign can be a potential solution in such cases.
This treatment approach delivers the same results as traditional orthodontic treatment, but in a way that is far more convenient and comfortable for patients. Invisalign repositions the teeth using a series of custom-designed clear plastic trays rather than brackets, wires, and rubber bands.
Invisalign is a highly desirable treatment method for patients who want to maintain their appearance throughout treatment or those who don’t want to be bothered with some of the hassles associated with standard braces.
Straightening your smile has many benefits, so if you have been hesitant to pursue orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to wear braces, consider Invisalign instead. Call our office to schedule a no-obligation evaluation and explore this treatment option.
Invisalign: The Basics
Invisalign is grounded in the same principles as traditional orthodontic treatment. That is, the teeth can be moved into their proper positions by applying forces to them. This treatment system uses clear plastic aligner trays that can be removed for short periods to apply those forces.
After evaluating the patient, Dr. Morris will develop the treatment plan, and a set of custom-designed aligner trays is created for the patient, who is responsible for wearing them as directed.
Although the trays can be removed at mealtime or for oral hygiene purposes, you must wear them for at least 22 hours each day to attain the expected results. Additionally, patients must take care to switch trays according to the schedule provided by Dr. Morris, usually every other week.
Advantages of Invisalign
So many patients are drawn to Invisalign because of the many benefits associated with this treatment option. In contrast to conventional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign:
- Has a minimal effect on a smile’s appearance
- Eliminates dietary restrictions
- Reduces frequency of in-office appointments
- Does not interfere with good oral hygiene practices
- Eliminates the risk of soft tissue injuries from standard orthodontic appliances
- Often achieves treatment results more quickly than traditional braces
Invisalign Is Suitable for A Variety of Patients
With the earliest iterations of Invisalign, some issues with the smile’s alignment could not be effectively addressed via this treatment method. However, advances in Invisalign technology have made it effective at treating more complex issues, such as:
- Severe crowding
- Gaps/uneven spacing between teeth
Of course, Invisalign can also be used to straighten smiles with fairly minor and straightforward issues, as well.
Additionally, there are no age restrictions associated with Invisalign. As long as the patient is old enough to benefit from orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can be an appropriate treatment approach.
Because Invisalign relies heavily on patient compliance to achieve the desired results, you need to commit to following all instructions regarding the wear of the aligner trays. You must be responsible enough to wear the trays for at least 22 hours each day and switch to a new tray according to schedule.
Overall Value of Orthodontic Treatment
One of the greatest advantages of Invisalign is that it eliminates many of the barriers to traditional orthodontic treatment, such as concerns that adult patients may have about maintaining a professional appearance.
As such, Invisalign can improve access to the many general benefits of orthodontic treatment, including:
- Reduces wear and tear on the teeth
- Reduces the risk of oral diseases
- Facilitates proper chewing and speech
- Eliminates conditions that can contribute to TMJ disorders
If the idea of getting braces has been holding you back from getting orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may be able to help you tap into all of the positive aspects of a straighter smile.
Common Invisalign Questions:
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays to shift the teeth into their desired positions. Like traditional braces, the Invisalign trays apply forces to the teeth to break down the bone tissue that holds them in their current spot, allowing them to move.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign can help many patients straighten their smiles, including those with fairly complex issues, such as malocclusions or severe crowding. However, in some uncommon situations, Invisalign may not be the most effective treatment method. We encourage you to visit our office for a consultation to determine whether Invisalign is right for you.
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Dental insurance may cover some costs associated with Invisalign treatment, but coverage varies from plan to plan. Additionally, dental insurance plans often have an age limit for coverage for orthodontic treatment. Rest assured that our diligent billing staff will work to maximize any insurance coverage that you may have. Call and speak to our staff to review the coverage offered under your particular plan.
What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?
Traditional braces require brackets to be bonded to the teeth and wires of varying tension levels to be threaded through those wires to achieve the desired movement of the teeth. Invisalign achieves the same result using removable trays made of clear plastic that does not obscure the smile as traditional braces do.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign will vary from patient to patient and is influenced by multiple factors, such as the complexity of the case. After evaluating your case, we can give you a more precise estimate of your anticipated Invisalign costs. Keep in mind that we accept multiple payment options to help patients fit any out-of-pocket costs into their budget.