Are you seeking a more beautiful looking smile but not looking for the hassle of traditional braces? Invisalign® might be the perfect solution for you! Many adult patients think correcting misalignment is reserved for kids and teenagers, but thanks to Invisalign, no one even has to know you’re wearing braces. The “aligners” are composed of clear plastic trays which completely remove the need for any metal fixtures. These trays are virtually invisible and can be removed at any time. This makes activities like eating, brushing and flossing much easier than traditional orthodontic braces. We have many patients, including some of our own dental staff, that deal with the public every day and no one call tell they are having their smile improved with clear orthodontics!
How does Invisalign work?
To move smiles into alignment, we need to place controlled pressure on the teeth. Invisalign® uses a series of aligners to deliver this gentle pressure. Each set of aligners will be molded to represent your smile one step closer to the desired results. Aligners are to be worn 22 hours a day to ensure predictable treatment. You’ll wear the aligner trays for about two weeks. Then, simply exchange the current set of alignment trays for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll need to visit our dental office for a checkup to ensure your smile is shifting according to plan.
What are the steps involved with Invisalign?
Schedule an appointment for an Invisalign Consultation, or speak to Dr. Andrea Sauerwein at your next appointment. At this appointment we take a series of digital photographs, intraoral digital scans of the teeth and bite, and any necessary radiographs.
Using 3-D computer imaging technology, your treatment plan is converted into a series of precisely customized aligners. In most cases, you will wear each pair of aligners for 2 weeks before moving to the next set in the series. You return for appointments typically once every 6 weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned.
Who is not a good candidate?
There are a few things that can disqualify you from getting Invisalign.
If you have active gum disease or cavities, you will need to get that treated prior to moving forward with Invisalign.
Anyone who may not possess the motivation to wear the aligners at least 22 hours out of every day may not be a good candidate for this method. As an Invisalign client, you have much more control over your treatment, but it’s vital that you follow the instructions set forth by your orthodontist. Not wearing your aligners enough may result in added expenses of mid-course corrections to even out your treatment.
If you have dental implants, bridges or TMJ issues, these can make Invisalign more challenging but aren’t absolute disqualifiers.
Some people with small or misshapen teeth often will need further dental work to correct problems, but overall dentists can work with issues in the mouth alongside Invisalign treatment.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign will vary based on the extent of your individual treatment plan. However, most treatments are slightly less than what you would expect to pay for traditional bracket and wire braces. Few dental insurance plans may cover a portion of your Invisalign treatment.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign from Dr. Andrea, call our office today. You can reach us at 972-393-2400. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!