Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to the teeth to slowly straighten them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces but is are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign system begins in the dentist or orthodontist's office with taking molds to design customized trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the straight smile.
The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign Clear Aligners
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by using a custom-made series of clear aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and gradually shifts your teeth into the desired position. You'll receive a new set of aligners at regular intervals throughout your treatment.
What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?
Invisalign offers several advantages, including nearly invisible appearance, comfort, and the ability to remove the aligners for eating and cleaning. They also typically require fewer office visits compared to traditional braces.
Is Invisalign suitable for everyone?
Invisalign is a versatile treatment option, but it may not be ideal for severe orthodontic issues. Your orthodontist will assess your individual case and determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, treatment can take between 6 months to 2 years. Your orthodontist will provide a more accurate estimate during your initial consultation.
Is Invisalign painful?
Invisalign is generally less painful than traditional braces. You may experience some discomfort or pressure when you switch to a new set of aligners, but this is usually mild and temporary.
How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
You should wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Can I eat and drink with Invisalign?
You should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking. This helps prevent staining and damage to the aligners. After eating or drinking, you should brush your teeth and then put your aligners back in.
How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign provides special cleaning crystals and solutions for maintaining your aligners. You can also gently brush them with a soft toothbrush and rinse them with lukewarm water.