Invisalign clear aligners in 4S Ranch & Rancho Bernardo
You’ve heard the hype, but what really is Invisalign? In short, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually move teeth into place. It’s also a popular one, and for good reason. Incredibly effective, Invisalign is also comfortable and easy to maintain. The clear aligners are virtually invisible too.
Invisalign for teenagers and adults
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Less noticeable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign is a popular treatment option for both teenagers and adults. As an added benefit, Invisalign clear aligners are easy to pop in and out, giving them a big advantage over traditional braces when it comes to eating and brushing.
Invisalign treatment consists of wearing a series of custom-made clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. The aligners are made of a smooth plastic material that is custom-fit to your teeth. Many patients find these aligners more comfortable than traditional metal braces, with their sharp edges. It’s also not uncommon for adults (and some teenagers) to prefer the discreetness of Invisalign. However, there are those (often younger patients) who prefer the traditional look of braces, feeling that they’re a rite of passage.
Invisalign versus traditional braces
Everyone has heard about braces and understands how they work. Metal brackets and rubber bands are gradually adjusted, straightening teeth over time. Then there’s Invisalign. We’ve all seen the ads. But what are the advantages of using clear aligners to straighten teeth versus traditional metal braces?
Whether or not you choose Invisalign over traditional braces will depend on your specific orthodontic needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Ultimately, this decision should be made in consultation with an orthodontist, who will be able to help determine the treatment option that best suits your needs. While both methods of straightening teeth have their merits, Invisalign clear aligners have a number of unique advantages versus traditional braces that make them attractive to many.
Clear aligners are nearly invisible
One of the first (and more obvious) differences people spot between Invisalign and traditional braces is their appearance. Whereas traditional braces use metal or ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth with wires and elastic bands, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners. There are very difficult to see, and most people never notice them.
Invisalign is more comfortable
One of the biggest complaints about traditional braces is that they have hard, sometimes sharp edges and overly tight elastic bands. These can cause irritation or discomfort. By contrast, Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic material and do not have any metal components whatsoever.
Clear aligners can be removed to eat
Invisalign clear aligners are intended to be removed while eating, meaning you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods. Anyone who has ever had braces can tell you that it’s best to avoid certain foods, particularly those that are sticky, chewy, or very hard. While sturdy in their own right, traditional braces are prone to damage, but Invisalign sidesteps this problem due to their ability to be removed. Those with Invisalign will find that they can eat whatever they normally would, provided they brush before replacing their clear aligners.
Invisalign makes brushing your teeth easier
Clear aligners are intended to be removed before your brush your teeth. This makes it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean compared to traditional braces, which must be worked around. There’s no denying that cleaning traditional braces (and the teeth and gums beneath them) is far more tedious. For many, it can be a real challenge to effectively clean around the brackets and wires. If not done well, this can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
How much does Invisalign cost in 4S Ranch & Rancho Bernardo?
Just as each smile is unique, so too is each Invisalign treatment. As such, there is a wide average price range for Invisalign treatment in 4S Ranch and the surrounding area. In general, patients can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 for treatment. However, prices may be higher or lower depending on individual circumstances.
It’s worth nothing that Invisalign is not typically covered by dental insurance. This is an important factor for many to consider. However, some insurance plans may provide partial coverage. If in doubt, give us a call and we’ll be happy to check with your insurance provider on your behalf. We can also discuss financing options or payment plans, which can help make Invisalign treatment more affordable.
Your best course of action is to consult with an orthodontist to get a specific estimate for your Invisalign treatment. The price of Invisalign treatment depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of your individual case, the treatment planned, and time involved. Our team will be able to provide you with a treatment plan and dramatically narrow down the estimated cost based on your specific needs. We will also work with you to help you understand your payment options and whether or not your insurance will cover part (or more) of your treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by gradually shifting the teeth into the desired position using a series of custom-fit aligners. It is a convenient and discreet way to straighten teeth and improve the alignment of your bite.
Treatment begins with a scheduled consultation with your orthodontist, who will examine your mouth and create a treatment plan tailored to you. The orthodontist will also take impressions or digital scans of your teeth, which are used to create your custom-fit aligners.
Some are surprised to find out that there are no off the shelf Invisalign treatments. The clear aligners used are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic material that fit specifically to your teeth. Clear aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position over the course of treatment. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next aligner in the series. Your aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day and should be removed only when eating, brushing, or cleaning your teeth. Treatment typically lasts anywhere from 9 to 15 months – for specifics on this, keep reading.
How long does Invisalign treatment typically take?
The length of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific treatment goals. In general, treatment with Invisalign can take anywhere from 9 to 15 months, although it can be shorter or longer depending on the individual circumstances.
Each aligner is slightly different from the next, and is worn for a period of time; patients then graduate to the next aligner, straightening their smile with each. Aligners are intended to be worn for at least 22 hours per day, though they are removed when you eat, need to clean them, and when it’s time to brush your teeth.
An orthodontist will be able to determine the estimated length of treatment and to create a personalized treatment plan. The orthodontist will be able to provide you with more specific information based on your specific needs and goals.
It should also be noted you affect the length of time it take for your Invisalign treatment to finish. The aligners only do their job when being worn, and worn correctly. Therefore, a lot depends on how closely you stick to your proscribed treatment plan. For example, wearing your clear aligners for less time per day can result in longer treatment times. If you are considering Invisalign treatment, it is important to carefully follow your orthodontist’s instructions and attend all scheduled appointments. Proper care and maintenance of your aligners will help ensure the best possible results.
I’m considering Invisalign. Now what?
Give us a call so we can schedule you with our orthodontist. This is the best way to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. Your orthodontist will discuss treatment goals before examining your teeth and mouth. If we believe that Invisalign is the best fit for your individual case, we will then provide you with a treatment plan and an estimated timeline for treatment.
Finally, please know how important it is to carefully follow your orthodontist’s instructions and attend all scheduled appointments. Proper care and maintenance of your aligners will help ensure the best possible results for your Invisalign treatment.
Schedule a consultation for Invisalign in 4S Ranch & Rancho Bernardo
Ready to take the next step and learn more about Invisalign? Call us to schedule a consultation, during which we’ll discuss a treatment plan and financial options for your clear aligners.