Invisalign offers some significant advantages for anyone who wants to get their teeth straightened. If you're looking for teeth straightening without the "metal-mouth" look, Invisalign might be ideal. The Invisalign aligners are custom-fitted, clear plastic trays based on molds of your mouth. They fit snugly atop the teeth and are virtually invisible.
Another major advantage of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable, unlike traditional metal braces. When you have metal, ceramic, or porcelain braces you need to avoid certain hard, crunchy, and chewy foods. With Invisalign, you remove your aligners to eat, so you can eat popcorn, corn on the cob, or any other foods that braces wearers have to avoid.
One of the main reasons that so many patients choose Invisalign today is that it's so comfortable. The plastic trays are hard yet flexible, and they fit comfortably in your mouth. You'll have no worries about discomfort from brackets or wires when you use Invisalign for teeth straightening.
Invisalign also allows you to see what your final results should look like before you even begin treatment thanks to the advanced technology of the iTero Element 3D scanner. Seeing the projection of your future smile can be exciting, and it might just be the thing that makes you choose Invisalign over traditional braces.
The Process - Tracking Results
Aligner sets are switched out every two weeks, and you'll visit Dr. Webb about every 4 to 6 weeks to track your progress. These visits are quick and easy since there are no brackets or wires to adjust. Dr. Webb will evaluate your bite at each appointment to make sure that you're making the right progress. Many patients start to notice a change after only a few months.
How Long Is Invisalign Used?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies by patient. You'll wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the duration of the treatment, which is usually 12 months for adults. For teens, the average Invisalign time can vary more, depending on how closely they adhere to the aligner wearing schedule and how severe their bite issues are.
Cost of Invisalign
The cost of Invisalign can vary according to how many sets of aligners you use and how long your treatment lasts. The team at Webb Family Orthodontics wants to make orthodontic care accessible for all of our patients, and we offer payment plans that can help. Contact us for help today!
Can I get the same results with Invisalign as I can with braces?
At Webb Family Orthodontics you can! Dr. Webb is a nationally recognized expert in the Invisalign system, and even lectures other doctors how to use the Invisalign software most effectively. Visit our office to find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign.
Is Invisalign more expensive then Braces?
Not at our office! Although our braces and Invisalign fee may not always be the same, generally the fee is very close to one another. Come in for a consultation and Dr. Webb will discuss which option would be best for you.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Although Invisalign may make your teeth mildly sore (similar to braces), there will be very little discomfort involved. The Invisalign trays are very comfortable, and can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
How long does Invisalign take and how much does it cost?
While every case is different, at our office the average length of treatment for our Invisalign patients is 12-14 months. We will be able to give you an estimated treatment time at your complimentary consultation. Invisalign is very affordable at our office, and is similar to the cost of braces.
What Are the Primary Benefits?
Invisalign is so popular today because of several main benefits, including:
- The aligners are clear (no "metal mouth)
- Invisalign is comfortable, as it's custom-made for your bite
- Invisalign is affordable — about the same cost as traditional metal braces
- Invisalign treatment is usually faster than metal braces
- You'll spend less time at the orthodontist for check-ups with Invisalign
Who is eligible for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign teen is suited for patients aged 12-18 years old. Invisalign teen includes replacement Invisalign trays (in case of losing a tray) and treatment indicator to confirm that the patient is wearing the tray as indicated.
How Do I Clean Invisalign Aligners?
Always rinse your aligners off as soon as they're removed from your mouth. It's highly recommended that you soak your Invisalign aligners in the Invisalign brand crystal cleaning solution each day. This soak will remove much of the bacteria from the aligners, and you can use a soft bristle toothbrush (not your own regular toothbrush) to lightly sweep away any debris that lingers after the soak. After soaking, rinse the aligners off again and place back in your mouth.
How Long Do I Wear Each Set of Aligners?
This can vary based on your specific treatment plan. In most cases, aligners are worn for two weeks and then exchanged for the next set. In some situations, aligners may be worn for as little as a week before they're switched out for another set. It all depends on your custom treatment plan.
Is Invisalign Fitting for an Active Lifestyle?
Invisalign is a great choice for an active lifestyle! You can wear Invisalign aligners during nearly any activity, removing them only for eating and cleaning. If you play sports, you can typically wear the Invisalign aligners comfortably while playing. If you're playing contact sports, Dr. Webb may recommend a mouthguard — you can remove the Invisalign to wear a custom mouthguard if needed. If you have a special event coming up soon, you can even take the aligners out for the night. Invisalign is flexible and is ideally suited for an active lifestyle.
How often will I need to come in for appointments?
You'll only have to visit Webb Family Orthodontics every four to six weeks for a quick check-up. These visits are generally quite fast and easy — after all, there are no metal wires and brackets to worry about!
How do I get started?
It's simple! Call our office at 423-870-5254 M-F 8am-5pm to set up your free consultation! At that appointment we can take a scan of your teeth and show you a simulated result of your Invisalign treatment!