What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that utilizes specially designed, customized clear aligners resembling transparent trays. These aligners are worn over your teeth, providing a discreet way to straighten them.
How Do Clear Aligners Compare to Traditional Braces?
Compared to traditional braces, clear aligners like Invisalign offer several advantages. They are less bulky, do not cause the discomfort of wires cutting into the mouth, and typically deliver compatible results. Clear aligners, whether Invisalign or others, often improve hygiene and patient comfort.
Is Invisalign Faster Than Braces?
The treatment speed depends on the severity of the issue. Invisalign can be faster for minor adjustments, but the primary focus is on ease and comfort for patients.
Are Clear Aligners More Comfortable Than Traditional Braces?
Clear aligners are generally more comfortable than braces. They allow easy maintenance of oral hygiene, don't trap food, and avoid irritation caused by brackets and wires.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
The treatment duration varies based on the complexity of the case. It can range from a few months for minor corrections to about a year for more significant adjustments.
What is Involved in the Invisalign Process?
When a patient chooses Invisalign, we begin by ensuring they have healthy teeth and gums, free from cavities or gum disease. We employ digital scanners and take impressions to communicate with the laboratory, which then provides a virtual simulation. After approval, the aligners arrive within two weeks, buttons are sometimes added, and checkups occur every six to eight weeks.
How Many Aligners Do You Need?
The number of aligners required depends on the severity of misalignment and the desired outcome. Typically, both upper and lower aligners are used, ranging from a few to several trays.
How Long Should You Wear Your Aligners?
Patients are advised to wear their aligners for 22 out of 24 hours a day, removing them only for eating and brushing. Minimizing snacking helps maintain cleanliness.
Who Might Not Be a Candidate for Invisalign?
Patients with severe gum disease or complex cases might not be suitable candidates for Invisalign. In such cases, traditional braces may be a better solution, ensuring the best possible results.
Can Invisalign Fix a Crossbite?
Invisalign can fix a crossbite, but it depends on the particular case and the evaluation made by a dentist.
Is Invisalign Treatment Painful?
While Invisalign treatment is generally not painful, some discomfort can occur, especially at the beginning. This discomfort is minor and well-tolerated by most patients.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Invisalign may be covered by insurance plans that include orthodontic benefits, but it's best to check with your provider. Medicaid typically does not cover Invisalign, as it primarily focuses on maintaining rather than correcting teeth.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign and clear aligners can range from $4,000 to $6,000, depending on the duration of treatment. At Simply Smiles, we offer various options and a free consultation to determine the best solution for each patient.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have any more questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our office at (941) 877-5262. I'll be delighted to help you determine if Invisalign is the right choice for your smile.