Invisalign® TREATMENT: everything to know before
By dr. daneshgar
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WHAT IS INVISALIGN treatment
Invisalign treatment is a form of orthodontics that utilizes clear aligners (Trays) to correct the alignment of teeth. They’re made of Invisalign’s own blend of plastic, and manufactured in their own facilities based on molds of your mouth. The aligners are a solid piece of plastic that is strong enough to put pressure on specific parts of your teeth to slowly move them into a better position.
To get Invisalign treatment, you first need to have a consultation with your dentist. They’ll look at your smile, your overall oral health, and take impressions of your mouth. Then, Invisalign makes their aligners unique to your mouth for a custom fit. Your dentist creates your overall treatment plan.
Invisalign treatment uses a series of aligner trays that are replaced every one to two weeks. Each replacement tray will feel slightly different, as it’s designed to continue shifting and moving your teeth.
You need to wear Invisalign trays for most of your day (20–22 hours/day) in order to see results. However, they’re easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing, or for special occasions.
|Invisalign Pros||Invisalign Cons|
|Nearly invisible ||Can be lost and/or broken, resulting in more money and time spent on treatment|
|Easy to remove when eating or cleaning teeth||May cause mouth discomfort|
|Requires fewer visits to dentist's office|
|Moves teeth more gradually compared to traditional braces, which may lead to less discomfort|
who can benefit from invisialign Treatment
Orthodontics may seem like purely aesthetic treatments for a more attractive smile, but that’s not always the case. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, which puts you at risk of decay and periodontal disease, and can cause jaw pain. Also, people who aren’t confident in their smile may feel that they lack a certain quality of life in social and professional situations.
It is a popular and highly sought out treatment because it is nearly invisible and removable. Invisalign treatment is widely used in the dental industry to treat common orthodontic issues such as:
When there is not enough room in the jaw for all of the teeth to fit comfortably or normally (one to five millimeters).
Gaps and spaces
When there is too much space between the teeth due to abnormal growth of the jaw or shifting of the teeth due to missing teeth (one millimeter to five millimeters).
When the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth.
When the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, causing one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, on either the front and/or sides of the mouth.
Transitional orthodontics (early intervention for mixed dentition)
In orthodontics, a severe malocclusion may require traditional braces to properly correct how the teeth and jaw align and improve your overall oral health.
After traditional braces have been removed, when some relapsing tooth movement has occurred.
Invisalign may also be a treatment alternative for certain simple malocclusions (bite irregularities).
Compare invisalign with traditional orthodontics
|Invisalign Treatment||Traditional Braces|
|Cost||Less expensive||More expensive|
|Treatment Timeline||Worn for 20-22 hours per day. Overall treatment time varies by case. ||Cemented onto teeth 24/7. Overall treatment time varies by case.|
|Maintenance||Keep clean by brushing and rinsing with water. ||Brush teeth while wearing braces. Floss or use interdental brush to clean between.|
|Office Visits||Includes initial consultation, possible check-ups during treatment, and a final consultation. ||Includes initial consultation, regular dentist visits to get braces tightened, and a final removal of braces.|
|Aftercare||Requires retainer to maintain results. ||Requires retainer to maintain results.|
|Ideal Candidate||Ideal for professionals or anyone who wants to keep their orthodontics discreet. ||Ideal for anyone who do not want to worry about taking them in and out or possibly losing them.|
insurance coverage & financing options FOR INVISALIGN Treatment
The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces – ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 (based on the U.S. national average). However, only your dentist can determine the actual cost of treatment because it will be based on your specific needs, including how extensive your dental problems are, how long your treatment will last, etc.
Orthodontic coverage through a dental insurance plan may cover Invisalign in the same manner that traditional orthodontic treatments are covered. You may also be able to enlist the services of a third-party financing company like CareCredit.
Dental insurance widely varies, but many larger insurance policies will cover a percentage of Invisalign. Others consider Invisalign a cosmetic treatment unlike traditional braces and will not cover any portion. The average coverage will depend on your individual insurance provider, and most dental insurances will cover between 25% to 50% of the treatment fee, leaving you with the balance.
Consult your dental insurance policy to determine what orthodontic benefits you may qualify for.
The dental insurance companies most likely to cover a portion of Invisalign are:
cOMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Invisalign®, the Invisalign logo, and iTero®, among others, are trademarks and/or service marks of Align Technology, Inc. or one of its subsidiaries or affiliatedcompanies and may be registered in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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