Do you or someone you care about need braces? Are you curious about Invisalign, but aren’t sure whether this treatment will meet your orthodontic needs?
It’s perfectly normal to have questions and concerns when it comes to your dental health. Though Invisalign braces are a great orthodontic tool, they are not always the best treatment for everyone in need of dental correction.
How can you determine which braces are right for you? Here are 15 facts about Invisalign that you need to know in order to make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment.
Fact #1- Invisalign braces generally cost more than regular braces. This is because laboratory fees for Invisalign are more expensive than the fees for traditional braces. Those fees are paid directly to the manufacturer, Align Technology.
Fact #2- Even though the technology is constantly improving, there are some complex orthodontic cases that aligners cannot effectively treat or correct.
Fact #3- Invisalign braces are no more or less uncomfortable or painful than metal braces. All braces cause some level of discomfort because they are designed to apply consistent pressure on your teeth to maximize movement.
Fact #4- It generally takes the same amount of time to treat and correct your teeth, regardless of whether you choose Invisalign or traditional braces.
Fact #5- Invisalign is a specialized tool used for straightened your teeth. The manufacturer, Align Technology, doesn’t diagnose or treat individual cases. Success and/or failure depend on the skill of the orthodontist providing the treatment.
Fact #6- An orthodontist or dentist trained in Invisalign treatment is likely to have successful outcomes with this method.
Fact #7- Over 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign, and the number is increasing on a daily basis.
Fact #8- Invisalign trays are removable, giving you the flexibility of eating and drinking whatever you want and brushing and flossing your teeth as you normally would.
Fact #9- There are no wires or metal brackets with Invisalign treatment. This eliminates the need for these types of adjustments at your office visits.
Fact #10- Invisalign braces control both the force and timing of the force application. During each treatment stage, only certain teeth are moved. Your orthodontist determines these movements as they map out your personal treatment plan.
Fact #11- Invisalign aligners are made from thermoplastic material, and look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Your aligners are custom-made and designed to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
Fact #12- You should choose an Invisalign treatment provider based on your own personal comfort and confidence levels.
Fact #13- Many patients require retainers after Invisalign treatment in order to keep the teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment positions.
Fact #14- You are required to wear Invisalign aligners for between 20 and 22 hours every day. Desired results cannot be achieved when the aligners are not worn for the specified amount of time.
Fact #15- Invisalign aligners are changed about every 2 weeks. Complex movements require 3 weeks of wear and less complex movements require 10 days of wear.