When a patient comes to us and wants to straighten their teeth, we often recommend a well-known treatment called Invisalign.
Invisalign is great for many patients with teeth they want to be straightened. Invisible braces aren’t for everyone, though. In some instances our dentist may recommend other options.
Can Anyone Get Invisalign?
The short answer is yes. However, in most cases, its recommended for teens or adults with mild or moderate teeth crowding. Straightening children’s teeth can be much more complicated.
Invisible braces are typically best used if a patient has a few small adjustments or gaps in their teeth they’d prefer closed. For larger tooth placement corrections a more complex treatment may be recommended.
How Does It Work?
Once our dentist decides Invisalign is the right treatment for you, they’ll plan for moving your teeth. With clear aligners, there will be multiple versions that make slight adjustments to your teeth over time.
The aligners are made from acrylic material or clear plastic that fits snug onto your teeth. These invisible braces can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. In order to keep your teeth moving in the right direction, you must wear them as instructed. You’ll receive new aligners every few weeks to continue the adjustment process.
How Long Does It Take?
Treatment timeframes are typically case-by-case. In some instances it can take 10 months and others 24 months. The more movement and adjustments that are needed means the more time it’s generally going to take.
How Much Do They Cost?
Invisalign treatment is oftentimes more expensive than conventional braces. Prices vary depending on the severity of a patient’s bite and how much adjusting is desired.