Fixing your teeth as an adult has never been easier, thanks to Invisalign technology! With Invisalign, you can address most of the same problems that braces treat without anyone noticing that you are in the middle of treatment. Invisalign works by using clear, plastic aligners to slowly move the teeth and jaw into place over time, and they barely impact your lifestyle at all. If you are an adult experiencing orthodontic issues, or you simply want to straighten out some crooked teeth, Invisalign could be the solution for you. To learn more about this great option, read on or visit Efros Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation!
The Invisalign Process
The first step in the Invisalign process is simply coming to the orthodontist for an examination. During this appointment, you will meet with a treatment coordinator to discuss your orthodontic needs and lifestyle. After getting to know you a bit better, you will be handed off to a technician who will take X rays and digital scans of your maxillofacial area. X rays show us the position of the teeth and jaw so that the orthodontist can see if you have any bite misalignment or teeth that have yet to erupt. You may also have a 2D or 3D digital scan taken using our iTero digital scanner. This machine uses a radiation-free laser to scan the teeth and soft tissue, rendering a perfect model within minutes that can be viewed on a computer screen. This technology allows us to clearly show which parts of your teeth and jaw will require treatment with Invisalign. The iTero scanner is the new and improved way of taking dental impressions, so say goodbye to those uncomfortable trays and putty that everyone hates and enjoys the simplicity of iTero.
Your Invisalign aligners will need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, only being removed during mealtime and brushing. Every one to two weeks, your orthodontist will provide you with a new set of aligners aimed at making another incremental change. Unlike braces, you are able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want with Invisalign. All you need to do is take your aligners out while eating and be sure to brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in.
Invisalign is able to treat many orthodontic issues including overbites, underbites, gap teeth, and overcrowding. This treatment is a wonderful option for adults since the aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, and is virtually invisible to others. Invisalign also tends to be more comfortable than metal braces since there is no friction between the aligners and your teeth. You may feel a bit tender around your gums after switching to a new set of aligners, but this can be alleviated by eating soft foods or taking a pain reliever.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign for Adults?
Many adults who opt for orthodontic treatment do not want to draw attention to their teeth with something like braces. One of the most compelling benefits afforded with Invisalign is that it goes virtually unnoticed by others, and you may even forget that you are in the middle of treatment too! The habit of wearing your aligners will become second nature to you in no time, so you can watch your teeth morph right in front of your eyes to a beautifully straight smile.
Another benefit is that you are able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want while going through Invisalign. All you need to do is remove your aligners, enjoy your meal, and brush thoroughly before putting them back in. You are also able to continue your dental hygiene routines like normal since you do not have to navigate around pesky wires and brackets like braces.
You may be wondering where the catch is, but there truly isn’t one! The duration and price for Invisalign treatment at Efros are the same as braces. This means your Invisalign journey could be complete in just 12 to 18 months depending on what your diagnosis is. We also offer the option to switch to braces at no extra cost if Invisalign is not working out well with your lifestyle.
Caring for Your Aligners
Taking care of your aligners is very simple but is something that should not be overlooked. You do not want to let food or drink accumulate in your aligners because they will be sitting on your teeth for most of the day and can cause dental problems if dirty. You should make sure that your teeth are clean before putting your aligners back in as certain foods and drinks can stain and damage the aligner. It is also a good idea to brush your aligner with a toothbrush and toothpaste in lukewarm water every day to keep them clean. For those who smoke, we highly recommend not smoking while wearing your aligners as this can stain them. If you wish to smoke, you may do so after taking your aligners out, and be sure to do a quick brush before putting your aligners back in.
How Much Will Invisalign Cost?
The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on which orthodontic issues you need to treat. On average, Invisalign costs around $3,000 to $7,000, though your insurance provider can sometimes cover up to thousands of dollars in treatment cost. It is also a good idea to inquire about any discounts or payment plans available at our office to make the process more affordable. We never want financial stress to get in the way of healthy, happy teeth, so do not be shy when asking for help to achieve your dream smile! Try our free online Payment Calculator for an estimate!