Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces for kids, teens and adults. It is used in the straightening of teeth.
Drawbacks of conventional teeth alignment procedures.
The traditional process of teeth straightening involves the use of braces. These braces could be traditional braces, ceramic braces or lingual braces. Such braces suffer from various drawbacks such as high visibility, discomfort in wearing and difficulty in managing oral hygiene. They also have limitations with regards to the food you can eat while wearing them.
Invisalign is the latest technology in the straightening of teeth. It is based on 2 decades of innovation. It uses a 3D digital scan to understand the flaws in your teeth’ structure. The Invisalign System uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) that fit over your teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every 2 weeks to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign is suitable for cases with mild to moderate complexity. Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing, making it easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout treatment. Because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance of Invisalign treatment. Invisalign aligners are removable but you need to wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day to achieve the best results. You can remove your Invisalign aligners while eating and drinking.
Duration of Invisalign Treatment.
The Invisalign treatment is very efficient and depending on the complexity of your case, the treatment could take as little as six months or more. You will however start noticing the difference within a few months. The average duration of treatment for an adult is 12-18 months. Among teenagers, the duration may vary and will be determined by your doctor.
During the treatment, you are expected to see your doctor once every six to eight weeks. The aligners are required to be changed every two weeks and your doctor will give you enough sets of aligners to last between visits. Your doctor is the best person to tell you how many sets of aligners he will give you during your visits. You will be given two aligner cases to store your aligners as a part of your starter kit.
Your Invisalign Doctor.
Your Invisalign doctor has been trained by Invisalign to provide Invisalign treatment. He has undergone an Invisalign provider training course. Your Invisalign doctor is a trained orthodontist who has spent three years or more learning orthodontics in a specialised educational institution after acquiring a degree in general dentistry. You can find a list of Invisalign trained doctors in your area on the Invisalign website.
Cost of Invisalign Treatment.
The cost of Invisalign treatment may vary from one doctor to another. It will be best to check with your doctor about the cost of treatment and his consultation fees. You can also check with your insurance provider if they cover Orthodontic treatment as a part of your insurance policy. If yes, your Invisalign treatment could be covered by your insurance company to the extent of your orthodontics treatment.