Invisalign is a set of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth without the use of metal wires or brackets. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly, and they should be worn at all times except when eating or brushing your teeth.
Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. These aligners fit over your teeth and are virtually invisible when worn. You will replace your aligner every few weeks as your teeth move toward their intended positions.
The aligners are custom-made for your mouth, ensuring a comfortable fit that won't irritate your cheeks or gums. Since the aligners are made of smooth plastic, they won't cause the same mouth abrasions caused by traditional metal braces. Since you can remove the aligners before eating a meal, you won't have to worry about food getting stuck in metal brackets. Instead, you can brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene throughout treatment.
Aligners are changed about every two weeks until treatment is complete. You can remove your aligners to eat meals and brush your teeth. However, you should wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day to help ensure that treatment progresses on schedule.
Clear aligner trays are removable, which means you can take them out to conveniently eat and drink whatever you want throughout the treatment process. Traditional braces are permanently attached to your teeth and must be taken out every time you eat. Additionally, aligners are removed when you brush and floss, so you can maintain good dental hygiene throughout your treatment. Finally, clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn, so no one will know you are straightening your teeth!
No one should ever feel ashamed about crooked teeth, but if you're self-conscious about yours, then you may be considering getting braces or Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth.
While your dentist can help you compare the pros and cons of each option, you may also want to consider their costs. Braces and Invisalign both include several components that need to be paid for separately, and the total cost depends on the complexity of your case. However, there are some factors that influence the cost of either treatment that are the same across the board.
For example, in both cases, the cost will also vary based on the total amount of time needed to treat your smile. To get a straighter smile as fast as possible, you'll probably need to pay for more in-office visits than you would if you could afford a slower timeline. Also, if your case is especially complex, it could require the use of additional materials, which could also increase your overall cost.
At our practice, we make our patient's dental our top priority. Visit our clinic to get a thorough examination to determine the best treatment for your condition.