What Is Invisalign®?
How would you like to straighten your teeth and correct common orthodontic conditions without the need for noticeable, uncomfortable metal braces? Invisalign® teeth aligners involve no brackets or wires and are designed to provide patients with more discreet orthodontic treatment. Made of clear plastic material, Invisalign® removable aligners have helped patients all over the world successfully straighten their teeth without others even noticing they are undergoing treatment. This advanced procedure is one of the many ways our cosmetic dentists at Germantown Dental Group can give you a more beautiful, healthier-looking smile!
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?
Candidacy for Invisalign® is determined in our office during a consultation with one of our dentists. In general, this revolutionary orthodontic treatment is often an excellent option for patients who are bothered by one or more of the following dental issues:
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Underbite, overbite, or crossbite
If Invisalign® is a suitable orthodontic solution for you, your dentist will create a custom treatment plan that is catered to meet your specific dental needs. In the event Invisalign® would not be the best option, we can discuss potential alternatives—such as Six Month Smiles®—that may be able to help you achieve your smile goals.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
Compared to traditional metal braces, key advantages of Invisalign® include:
- Custom-designed teeth aligners that appear virtually invisible on the teeth
- Aligners are removable for daily oral hygiene routines, as well as eating and drinking
- Greater comfort than traditional metal braces
In addition to these benefits, patients will often experience faster treatment times with Invisalign®, and the aligners typically allow for fewer office visits and adjustments than standard braces generally require.
One of our experienced dentists will meet with you for an initial consultation and perform a comprehensive oral evaluation. During this appointment, our dentist can determine if Invisalign® is the best option for your needs.
What Is the Invisalign® Treatment Process Like?
Once your individualized treatment plan has been created, an impression of your teeth will be made to provide the blueprint for your customized Invisalign® teeth aligners. When the aligners have been created, you will be given a series of them to take home. Each set of aligners will be worn for two weeks, and then discarded for the next in the series. The aligners are slightly modified from the set that comes before it in order to very gradually move the teeth into a more desirable position.
How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
Many patients achieve optimal results after about 9 to 15 months; however, some patients may meet their goals even sooner. Although the aligners are removable, our dentists advise patients to wear them as much as possible throughout the day to ensure the best results. In the end, exact treatment length will vary from patient to patient based on one’s specific dental needs.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
On average, the cost of Invisalign® ranges from $3,000 to $8,000.* There are a number of factors that will ultimately determine the total expense of your Invisalign® treatment, including your orthodontic needs, the length of time it will take to complete your treatment, and the number of aligners that will be used. The exact cost will be based on your unique goals and needs, all of which will be reviewed in your consultation.
After your detailed treatment plan has been created, we can provide you with a more accurate price quote. Some insurance policies will cover a portion of your treatment, and our dental staff can help you navigate through your benefits. Should you wish to finance part or all of your treatment, our office accepts a variety of payment plans via CareCredit® and Lending Club.
*This average price range was taken from the Invisalign® website.
Additional Invisalign® FAQs
How Often Do My Invisalign® Aligners Need to Be Worn?
Apart from eating or cleaning one’s teeth, our dentists recommend that patients ideally wear their Invisalign® aligners at all times. As a general rule of thumb, wearing the aligners at least 20–22 hours each day can aid in achieving the desired results in the least possible amount of time.
How Should I Care for My Invisalign® Aligners?
We advise that patients remove their aligners while eating, and make sure to at least rinse their mouth before putting them back into position. If you plan to drink any liquids other than water, it would be best to use a straw. For cleaning, run your aligners under lukewarm water while gently scrubbing them with a toothbrush.
Will My Invisalign® Aligners Affect My Speech?
Some patients do notice a slight change in their speech when they begin their Invisalign® treatment. After the first few days, however, most individuals get accustomed to how the aligners feel and any potential lisp that may have formed should no longer be apparent
Contact Germantown Dental Group
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® and how you can more comfortably and discreetly straighten your teeth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Germantown Dental Group, please contact us today!