Invisalign is an alternative to braces and offers a method of straightening teeth using a series of custom-made aligners that are smooth, comfortable and practically invisible.
How does Invisalign work?
Using state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology, your dentist or orthodontist will map out the series of movements required by your teeth to achieve a straighter smile. Custom, plastic aligners will then be made to suit your teeth.
By wearing the plastic aligners over your teeth, Invisalign gradually and gently shifts your teeth into the correct place. Unlike braces, Invisalign requires no metal brackets to be attached or wires to be tightened.
All you need to do is change your set of aligners every few weeks until your treatment is complete and you get to enjoy a smile full of straight teeth!
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers a clear alternative to braces; its aligners are easily removable and comfortable when being used. It’s easy to continue with your lifestyle as normal without Invisalign holding you back or making you feel self-conscious.
The ease with which you can remove your Invisalign aligners means that whether it’s for a special occasion, or while you eat, brush or floss, there’s no impact on your regular routine.
Is Invisalign painful?
For many people, there is a temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of Invisalign treatment. Normally, this is short-term in length and is typically experienced more as a feeling of pressure than actual pain.
How long will Invisalign take?
While the length of your Invisalign treatment will largely depend on the individual factors of your case, the average treatment time is between 12 and 14 months. Invisalign treatment can, however, take as short as six months or as long as two years. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to provide an indication of your expected treatment length.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign is similar to that of traditional braces, however this will also depend on the specific situation and requirements of individual patients. There are also other factors that can affect your individual cost, such as orthodontic insurance coverage, treatment length, the difficulty of your particular case and more. These factors can be discussed and determined by your dentist or orthodontist when you discuss Invisalign with them.
Will my health insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
If your health insurance policy covers orthodontic treatment, then it should cover Invisalign to the same extent as it would cover normal braces. Of course, the particular medical benefits you’re entitled to will determine the exact nature of your cover. If you’d like to find out exactly how much of Invisalign treatment your policy will cover, we suggest asking your health insurer directly.
Does Invisalign really work?
Yes it does! Well over 2 million patients have used and benefitted from Invisalign. Invisalign suits many dental patients and is currently being used across the globe as an alternative to braces. Plus, as a basically invisible and much more hygienic alternative, it’s no wonder Invisalign is becoming more and more popular. It works so well, the only thing you’ll realise while wearing them is the result!
Invisalign treatment has been developed and expanded to suit most orthodontic patients, even with complex malocclusions, whether as a result of over-crowded teeth, under-bites, jaw issues or tooth misalignment.
What are the Invisalign aligners made out of?
The clear aligners are made out of a strong, medical-grade plastic, which is non-toxic. The aligners are virtually invisible, comfortable and smooth. In fact, lots of dentists and orthodontics find Invisalign so unassuming that they call them “contact lenses for teeth”.
Will wearing the Invisalign aligners impact by speech?
Much like other orthodontic treatments, including plates and braces, there will be a temporary effect on speech, such as a slight lisp. This will only last a day or two as your tongue adapts to speaking with aligners in your mouth. After wearing the aligners for a few days this minor speech impediment should disappear.
How often will I need to see my dentist/orthodontist?
In order for the Invisalign to work properly, you will usually be required to see your dentist or orthodontist once every six to eight weeks. This means there will be regularly scheduled appointments.
The reason for this is so that your practitioner can ensure that the treatment is progressing as intended and if there are any adjustments that need to be made that they are done ahead of time.
Is there a minimum age for Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment is suitable for both teenagers and adults. The only requirement for teenagers is that the first premolar and first molar have both erupted. This usually occurs between 12 and 14 years of age. There is no maximum age for Invisalign treatment either, and it is suitable for adults of all ages. If you’re wondering whether Invisalign is a suitable alternative to braces for you, speak with your dentist or orthodontist.