Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment consisting of a series of removable plastic liners that straighten the teeth in minor adjustments. They are a popular alternative to metal braces. Data is inconclusive on whether or not Invisalign is the best treatment for overbites. They correct crowded teeth, bite issues, and tooth gaps. People choose Invisalign for its transparent appearance. The clear aligners are not as noticeable as metal brackets, wire, and multicolor bands. They fit snugly over the teeth but are fully removable. Our team at Schnierow Dental Care would be happy to provide you with a consultation if you are considering Invisalign.
What is the Difference Between Braces and Invisalign?
Invisalign allows a discrete transition from misaligned teeth to a straightened smile. Before eating you can remove the tray and put it back on right after. Invisalign trays can be left on when you are drinking clear, sugar-free, non-acidic liquids. It is advised that you remove the tray if you will be drinking any other fluids, and put it on after to avoid staining and plaque buildup. Invisalign treatment takes the same amount of time as braces. Treatment takes at least 12 months.
Trays may have tiny nodes called buttons that attach to rubber bands. Buttons are necessary to treat more stubborn teeth. Some trays have brackets that are bonded directly to the tooth called attachments. The tray clicks onto the attachments allowing for more complex movements. Invisalign treatment can be uncomfortable starting out, most orthodontic treatment is. The new trays can feel stiff, your teeth will adjust to them over time. Each tray is shaped to minorly adjust your teeth until you transition to the next tray in the series.
Brackets and dental cement used with braces have been known to leave decalcification spots when removed from the teeth or leave behind cement residue that must be removed by a dentist. Invisalign trays are fully removable and do not leave residue behind. When you wear braces you are advised to avoid gum, sticky foods like caramel, and hard foods like apples, anything that can get stuck in the brackets or damage your braces. Invisalign trays give you much more dietary freedom.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Invisalign treatment can cost anywhere between $3,000 - $7,000 depending on your insurance. If you are considering Invisalign, reach out to our team at Schnierow Dental Care for a consultation. One of our dentists will begin with a dental examination to assess your oral health and orthodontic needs. They will determine whether or not you qualify for treatment and share with you the timeline and procedure for Invisalign. Invisalign uses 3D imaging to make your trays instead of impressions. The imaging is used to adjust your new trays the right amount each time and track the progress of your treatment from start to finish. Over the course of your treatment, during each visit, your dentist will give you multiple trays to last until your next appointment. They will give you instructions on how to wear the trays and how to clean them. Typically you will visit the dentist every six to eight weeks during treatment.
Call us at (424) 383-5005 to schedule a consultation for Invisalign or for more information.