Invisalign is an amazing tool to straighten your teeth without metal or clear braces.
That being said, there are pros and cons to each type of treatment. Let's review why you may want to choose clear aligner for your orthodontic needs.
Reduced Risk: With Invisalign, the movements are very calculated and therefore there is less risk of damaging teeth.
Time-Saving: Typically your visits are at least 10 weeks apart which means less time spent at the dental office.
Better Oral Hygiene: With clear aligners, you remove them to brush, floss and eat. This means keeping your teeth clean is easy with Invisalign.
Custom trays and aligners for life: Your Invisalign aligners double as whitening trays and a nightguard during and after treatment.
The price of Invisalign falls somewhere between $2500 and $6500, depending on the complexity and length of your case.
Cost will also vary depending on the length of treatment and how much your insurance covers.
The orthodontic coverage for your insurance will cover Invisalign. Although these plans will not cover the full treatment, they will definitely help a lot.
Some insurance plans have a $1,000 to $3500 lifetime maximum for orthodontic coverage. This amount can be applied to your Invisalign treatment!
We make sure to verify your insurance benefits before you arrive at your appointment so that you know the total cost the same day of your orthodontic consult.
Your treatment may be even more affordable if you only need minor teeth movement. If you only need minor movement you may qualify for Invisalign express which is a more affordable version of Invisalign.
Keep in mind Invisalign will always be more expensive than braces.
Esthetics: Invisalign is one of the most esthetic ways to move teeth.
Speed: Sometimes, with minor cases, Invisalign is actually faster than traditional metal braces!
Comfort: Most patients will tell you that Invisalign is very comfortable. There are no sharp edges like there is with traditional braces.
Results: Invisalign is good at fine or minute movement of teeth as it is computer generated.
Your appointment to get Invisalign with start with a panoramic and cephalometric radiograph so your Orthodontist can give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
After discussing finances, we will take a scan or impression of your mouth and send this off to Invisalign.
Invisalign takes roughly 4-6 weeks to send back the fabricated aligners. At this point, we deliver your aligners and your teeth start moving in alignment.
Most cases are between roughly a year and you switch out the aligners every week.
The length of your treatment depends on the complexity of your bite. If you have a lot of crowding or spacing your treatment time may be longer than others. You will know your treatment length at your initial Invisalign consult appointment.
The average case takes a little over a year. The ClinCheck will show your orthodontist how long your treatment will be based on how many aligners you will need.
Most of the time you will need multiple sets of Invisalign trays. We tell our Allen patients that even though their first set will have fewer trays than we anticipated that is likely not the end of their Invisalign journey. We typically also take a refinement impression after the first set of trays to obtain an outstanding smile result.
Fortunately, Invisalign is typically less painful than braces. You may experience some pain and discomfort with Invisalign, but it’s more soreness than the pain of sharp brackets that come with traditional braces. There is no need for any other medication than Tylenol or Advil.
Invisalign also causes less gum inflammation and discomfort because you can have impeccable oral hygiene when using Invisalign as you remove the trays to brush and floss. Also, Invisalign doesn’t cause root resorption (part of the tooth root shrinks), which is sometimes seen with braces, which can cause tooth loss.
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