In the realm of cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign® is a modern tool that dentists use as an alternative to braces. For those who have questions, here is a compilation of what we hope will be some helpful answers regarding alternatives to braces. If you’re in the Central Point area and would like to discuss things further with a dental professional, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to help you examine your options.
Like braces, Invisalign® aligners are designed to put targeted pressure on your teeth in order to move them from their current position to their ideal position. Just as braces are adjusted in small increments over time, adjustments must be made in the configuration of your clear aligners. This will involve the creation of new ones which are used until your teeth are ready for further adjustment.
Before anything goes on your teeth, your Invisalign® dentist will map out a plan for your teeth – where they are versus where they need to be. They will break this plan down into a series of progressive steps which you’ll follow for anywhere from months to years – as long as is needed to achieve your goals.
Essentially, Invisalign® is less intrusive to your everyday life than braces.
The company has patented a form of clear, flexible, non-toxic plastic they use for their Invisalign® dental aligners. The aligners are molded in-office by a specially trained Invisalign® dentist like ours at Oak Street Dental so that they work specifically with your teeth to achieve the goals set for your smile.
Like Band-Aid®, Invisalign® has become the normal word we use to talk about all clear plastic teeth alignment systems. However, also like Band-Aid®, Invisalign® is not unique in what it does. There are alternatives out there, and it may be worthwhile to speak with your dentist about whether or not they can connect you with those options or not.
The cost for Invisalign® is similar to receiving treatment through braces, which depends on the severity of the case (how much movement needs to happen in your mouth). Look at spending between $2000 and $8000 over the course of treatment, however, a good amount of this may be covered by insurance.
We encourage you to wear your aligner as much as possible to facilitate the movement of your teeth to meet your goals. However, one of the key benefits of Invisalign® is that you can remove it for eating, brushing, and other activities and special occasions. Look to be wearing your Invisalign® aligner about 22 hours each day.
If you’re in the Central Point area and are curious about the Invisalign® product, give us a call today to set up an appointment to learn more about your options!