Is Invisalign Right For You?

Invisalign can fix a variety of spacing and bite issues. However, it’s not a good option for complex crowding and diastema cases. It also doesn’t provide the best results in molar proclination, incisor extrusion, or closure of extraction spaces.

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Moreover, it’s not as affordable as traditional braces. It can cost as much as $5,000, and it requires a commitment to wearing them regularly.

It’s invisible

Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. They are more comfortable to wear and more discreet than metal braces, but they may take a little time to get used to. They are also more expensive than traditional metal braces, but they are worth the investment.

In the beginning of treatment, the aligners can cause soreness and discomfort in your mouth because they put pressure on the teeth to shift them. This is similar to how you feel when you first start wearing any new appliance in your mouth. You can usually find a quick fix by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. The discomfort should only last a few days to a week.

After that, the discomfort should subside and you will be able to eat and drink anything you want without any restrictions. However, it is important to remember that you need to wear the aligners for the entire length of your treatment plan. Otherwise, your results may not be as good as you hoped.

Invisalign is an excellent option for patients of all ages who have minor to moderate tooth misalignment issues. It is a convenient way to improve your smile and boost your confidence. It also offers a shorter treatment time than traditional braces and is effective in almost all cases of bite problems and tooth alignment.

It’s comfortable

Unlike traditional metal braces, which can poke and irritate your gums, Invisalign trays are smooth and have no sharp edges. They are also thin, allowing them to fit comfortably in your mouth. This makes them much less invasive than conventional orthodontics. You may experience mild discomfort at first, particularly during the first week of wearing them, but this will subside. You can help to alleviate this by applying orthodontic wax to your tongue, which will protect it from the abrasive edges of the trays.

You should also be sure to floss regularly, as food particles can get stuck between your teeth and aligners. This can lead to plaque build-up, which will discolor the trays and stain your gums. Additionally, this can result in bad breath. By flossing, you can avoid these problems and keep your teeth healthy throughout your treatment.

You can use a special solution that contains rubbing alcohol and sodium bicarbonate to clean your Invisalign trays. You should also be sure to store your trays in a protective case when they are not in your mouth. If you don’t, they can become stained and difficult to remove. This can make them look unsightly, and can also prevent them from producing the results that you want. If you have trouble keeping your trays clean, ask our office for advice.

It’s easy to clean

It’s important to clean your aligners regularly. This will remove any food, debris, and bacteria that naturally accumulate on your teeth during the day. If you forget to do this, your aligners can become stained and odorous. You can also develop bad breath or gum disease if the bacteria builds up. Therefore, you should always rinse and brush your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.

The best way to clean your aligners is to use cleaning crystals that are specifically designed for Invisalign trays. These work the same way that denture cleaners do and can be purchased at most drugstores. Just dissolve the cleaning crystals in water and let your aligners soak for a few minutes. Then, rinse them and brush them thoroughly before re-inserting them in your mouth.

You should also avoid using toothpaste, dishwasher soap, or any other harsh cleaners when cleaning your aligners. These chemicals can damage the plastic and cause them to lose their shape. It’s also a good idea to rinse your aligners before storing them in their case.

You should clean your aligners on a nightly basis, usually at the same time that you brush and floss. You should also clean them if they’re visibly dirty, such as after you accidentally drink something that isn’t clear or brush them too hard.

It’s affordable

There are a few factors that affect the price of Invisalign, but overall it’s an affordable option for most people. Generally, a dentist will perform a consultation and take digital impressions of the patient’s teeth to create a 3D treatment plan that shows how their smile will shift over time. Then the dentist will order the aligners, which are made of transparent, BPA-free plastic and shaped to fit securely against their teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before switching to the next one in the series. The entire process should take about six months if the aligners are worn 22 hours a day.

Many insurance plans, such as PPO dental insurance, will cover the cost of Invisalign if it is deemed an appropriate procedure for your specific oral health condition. However, most insurance companies will only cover up to 50% of the total cost of Invisalign, so you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket for most of the costs.

Also, keep in mind that certain pretreatment procedures may be necessary before you get Invisalign, such as fixing periodontal problems or large decay. Be sure to ask your dentist about these additional costs before you decide to sign up for a specific Invisalign deal that’s advertised as having thousands worth of discounts.