Invisalign is a highly esthetic orthodontic treatment alternative. It is a clear, smooth, and durable plastic splint. A set of nearly invisible aligners are custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth and snapped over the teeth. The set of aligners is replaced every two weeks with a new set that slowly straightens the teeth to the position expected by your orthodontist.
Is anyone a candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is a good option that works for straightening teeth for teens and adults. Clear aligners are highly recommended because the system does not have wires and brackets like traditional orthodontics. After all, the cosmetic factor is important for the duration of treatment and you won’t have to worry about your appearance while you are undergoing treatment.
Traditional braces are uncomfortable and can also create a psychological barrier to success for many patients, as wearing braces can make a teenager or a professional feel overwhelmed and embarrassed.
Clear aligners can help you feel confident and professional, without worrying that your friends and colleagues will see your smile. Invisalign offers the ability to live your life to the fullest, without discomfort, and without worry.
Can I switch from traditional braces to Invisalign?
Yes, it is possible to change from one treatment to another, but we recommend that before making any decision it is very important to consult with your orthodontist since he/she is the person in charge of aligning your smile and can easily help you with this process because he/she knows your treatment plan and current phase very well.
Depending on how far along you are with your braces, Invisalign may not be necessary to continue with your current treatment plan. Changing the type of orthodontics will cause you to spend more money, compared to traditional braces treatment, the cost of clear aligners is higher.
How long does it take to see the results with Invisalign?
In most cases, patients can begin to notice the changes between 2 and 3 months after starting treatment. Everything will depend on the complexity of each case; the details of the change are noticed more quickly in simpler cases. These changes may be visible to the people around us before they are visible to the patients since seeing your smile continuously makes it more difficult for you to notice your own changes.
Invisalign has developed an App available for IOS and Android called My Invisalign Smile, which allows you to easily take a picture with your cell phone with each change of brace and compare and check the changes that are happening.
3 Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign is invisible
The main benefit of clear aligners are unnoticeable and people will not see a mouth full of metal when smiling in front of them.
Invisalign is comfortable
Although this orthodontic system may cause slight discomfort at first, most patients prefer it because it is much more comfortable to wear than traditional braces, which can cause painful ulcers and abrasions; sometimes also making eating a very uncomfortable time.
Invisalign is removable
The advantage of being able to remove the clear aligners for eating and dental hygiene is another big reason why patients prefer aligners over traditional braces.
3 Disadvantages of Invisalign
Invisalign is expensive
The price of clear aligners is usually more expensive than traditional braces. Before starting treatment, I can request quotes on the different types of orthodontics so that you can choose the option that best suits your needs and affordability.
Invisalign can be lost or forgotten
Because it is a system that can be easily taken on and off, most people forget or lose their temporary aligners. If you don’t wear Invisalign long enough, your teeth will not align and treatment will be slower. Discipline and cooperation are key to getting the desired results.
Invisalign makes it difficult to speak
Pronouncing words with clear aligners can be difficult at first, however, this is not a problem, with practice you will adapt to the aligners in a few days. We recommend reading a book aloud while wearing Invisalign for the first week for a few minutes a day to help you adapt quickly.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Clear aligners have a price tag that can vary from case to case. Generally, Invisalign treatment costs between $3,000 and $9,000, although most people spend $5,000. These are average prices stated on the official Invisalign website.
Factors influencing Invisalign price
-Treatment complexity: Most cases with mild misalignment problems resolve much more quickly. Compared to patients who need to treat more severe tooth and jaw misalignment problems. Requiring more dental visits and alignment trays, which makes the cost clear aligners higher.
-Dentist experience: As orthodontists, complete more treatments Invisalign awards points that allow dentists to advance to higher provider levels.
Some dentists at the higher invisalign provider levels earn discounts starting at 40% off lab fees. This benefit is sometimes passed on to patients so that they get savings on the price of clear aligners.
On the other hand, these highly qualified dentists may also charge more for their services than dentists with lower invisalign scores. It is important to check the level of experience of your dentist and compare the costs of different invisalign providers.
– Geographic location: The price of clear aligners usually varies depending on where you live. In general, you may find a higher cost for Invisalign in urban and suburban areas than in rural areas.
Does the insurance company cover Invisalign treatment?
It is uncommon for insurance plans to pay for braces for cosmetic reasons. If your plan covers orthodontic treatment for adults. It may only be allowed to correct a medical or functional problem with the teeth or jaw. In the case of children, some insurers do cover these treatments.
When insurance companies cover adult orthodontic treatment for non-cosmetic reasons. They will only pay a percentage of the bill or a fixed amount of the cost of orthodontic treatment. So be prepare to pay the remaining percentage of the total cost of treatment.
Most insurance plans that cover traditional braces may also cover the cost of clear aligners in the same manner.
If you are unsure of the benefits, check with your insurance company. You can also download the Invisalign app and check coverage information for most major insurance plans.
Invisalign treatment is a wonderful alternative for anyone who wants to have straight teeth without worrying about their physical appearance. If you are interested in learning more about the fantastic benefits and price of clear aligners, ask about our services, call Eiksmarka Dental Center today to schedule an appointment.