Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that is an alternative to braces. This method uses several clear aligners which are made of a special thermoplastic material. These aligners are almost completely invisible when you wear them. Because of its many benefits, Invisalign has become more and more popular. It is reasonably priced, the process is simple, and treatment only takes about a year in most cases.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Invisalign generally costs about the same as braces, we will determine the exact fee after the initial exam. However, like braces and other treatments, there are many different factors that will affect the price. For example, the cost of treatment will vary depending on your location.
Another important factor that affects the price is how complicated your particular case is. People who need much more work done or who have more serious issues will usually undergo a more expensive treatment process. The length of treatment will vary depending on your unique circumstances, and this will affect the price, as well. How much your insurance is willing to cover is also an important factor.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign straightens your teeth using a technique known as controlled force. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation with your doctor, and they have determined that Invisalign is right for you, they will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth so that the perfect series of aligners can be created for you.
Each one of these aligners will gradually and gently straighten your teeth. For best results, you need to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day. They should only be taken off to brush your teeth, floss, and eat.
The doctor will decide exactly how your teeth will slowly move into place. Each separate aligner concentrates on moving certain teeth instead of all of them at once. You will go through several aligners as your treatment progresses, wearing a new one approximately every two weeks. Each new aligner will make your teeth straighter than the last.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The Invisalign treatment process takes about 12 months on average. This is how long it usually takes for adults. However, the length of the process depends upon several factors such as how severe your particular case is. For example, a person who only has minimal crowding of their teeth may only need treatment for six months, while a person who has more severe crowding or another more complicated problem may need treatment for two years. Drs. Nease and Higginbotham will evaluate your unique case and decide how long the Invisalign treatment process will take.
Also, people who don’t wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day may find that treatment takes longer. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions as properly as you can.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment with many benefits. The length of treatment varies based on the difficulty of treatment, in most cases treatment takes between 1-2 years. The Invisalign process is simple and effective, and most people are very pleased with the results. Contact us today to see if your are a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners.