~What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?~
Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for
fresh breath and good oral hygiene. Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair.
~How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?~
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move.
~What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?~
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by the doctor. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers.
~Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign correct this?~
A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces, and do so without having to go through the trauma and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.
~How often must I wear my aligners?~
We find aligners are most effective if worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.
~How long will treatment take?~
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however
the average case takes about 6 to 12 months.
~Will my insurance cover Invisalign?
Because benefits differ significantly from policy to policy. However, in general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces. We are happy to check with your insurance to see if your plan covers orthodontics.