If you’ve ever had wire braces, you know that there are many foods you cannot eat. With Invisalign, however, this is not an issue.
Patients can eat whatever they want, as long as they remove the aligner beforehand. The treatment is also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no wires or brackets.
Why choose Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, which require frequent visits to the dentist and aren’t covered by insurance, Invisalign is quick and convenient. Patients book a consultation appointment, receive a kit to take impressions of their teeth at home (Byte impression kits are available at Maple Dental Health), and return to the office to receive their first series of aligners.
After each set of trays has straightened their teeth to the point the orthodontist is satisfied with, they’ll return to pick up the next pair in the series. Over time, this cycle continues until their smile is the perfect combination of straight and healthy.
Invisalign is also more comfortable than traditional braces. While patients will experience some discomfort with each tray change, this should subside after a few days. Some patients may also experience enhanced sensitivity as their teeth move into their new positions, but toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth can help with this.
The biggest benefit of Invisalign is a more confident smile. Patients with overcrowded or crooked teeth can suffer from low self-esteem, and they’re often hesitant to laugh, smile or even eat in front of others. Invisalign can solve these issues, allowing them to live life without worrying about how their teeth look. This can increase their confidence and help them be more social. It can also decrease the risk of recurring dental problems down the road, like gum disease or tooth decay.
Invisalign vs. braces
The type of orthodontic treatment that is best for you depends on the complexity of your misalignment. Invisalign is best for mild to moderate crookedness, crowding or gaps in teeth as well as overbites and underbites. Braces are better for more severe cases of these issues and may take a bit longer to straighten teeth.
Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces because the clear trays do not rub against the soft tissue inside your mouth. Additionally, you can eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating and brush your teeth before putting them back in. You will experience some discomfort when you first switch to a new set of aligners, but this will fade quickly.
Another advantage of Invisalign is that you can skip wearing a tray if you forget it, which can speed up your treatment time. However, if you tend to lose your trays frequently or if you have poor dental hygiene, you could end up spending more money and more time on your Invisalign treatment.
One of the downsides of Invisalign is that it can be difficult to wear consistently. If you don’t wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day, your treatment will be slower and less effective. This can be a problem for kids, teens and adults who don’t have the discipline to follow through with their Invisalign treatment plan.
The cost of Invisalign can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. However, it is typically comparable to traditional wire-and-bracket braces. Invisalign cost is also impacted by the duration of treatment and whether or not patients need to have teeth pulled as part of their orthodontics.
The first step in determining if Invisalign is right for you involves visiting an orthodontist to assess your teeth and make sure they are healthy enough for treatment. Once this is done, digital imaging is used to create a virtual representation of your teeth and jaw. The images allow the orthodontist to visualise how your teeth will move with the use of Invisalign trays and help them design a unique set of aligners for you.
Orthodontic care is generally considered a medically necessary treatment and as such, most dental insurance plans cover it. However, not all insurance plans do, especially if they have a high deductible, and some plans consider Invisalign to be a cosmetic treatment.
If your insurance doesn’t cover orthodontic care, or if you have a high deductible, you can still reduce your out-of-pocket Invisalign costs by using funds from a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Additionally, many dental schools now offer Invisalign as part of their curriculum and are looking for students to treat, so you may be able to find a discounted price if you go this route.
If you are looking to straighten crooked teeth without unsightly braces, Invisalign is a great option. It is an almost-invisible treatment that requires patience and commitment, but the end results are worth it. Invisalign is also affordable and can be used with a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account. However, it is important to find a qualified dentist or orthodontist who has experience with the treatment.
Invisalign has been around since 1997 and is constantly finding ways to improve their aligners through technological innovations. This includes 3D printing technology and attachments that help correct more complex alignment problems. For example, SmartForce attachments are small shapes that attach to the teeth and allow the aligners to exert more force on the teeth to produce more complex movement. They also provide precision wings to help fix Class II malocclusions, and mandibular advancements that can help tweens and teens correct overbites at the same time as they straighten their teeth.
Some aligner providers have been accused of making false claims or overstating the benefits of their product. These claims often revolve around the treatment duration, the amount of visible progress, and the number of appointments required to maintain the Invisalign system. While the majority of these claims are unfounded, it is important to research any provider before deciding which one is best for you.