11 Invisalign Facts You Need to Know

11 Invisalign Facts You Need to Know

February 13, 2018 Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign

Patients who need orthodontic treatment to align their smile might be weighing all of their options like braces, Invisalign or other treatments. If you are considering Invisalign treatment from our Oakdale dentist, there are lots of facts you should read about. Educating yourself about Invisalign can help you make the best decision for your orthodontic treatment you need. Al Berger, DDS offers Invisalign treatment to patients of all ages and considers it a great alternative to traditional metal braces. Find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.

Invisalign Costs More Than Metal Braces

This is a common Invisalign fact when it comes to Invisalign treatment. Yes, it is true that Invisalign costs more than traditional metal braces when placed side by side, however, it is only slightly more. Patients should also consider that Invisalign treatment takes less time to complete than traditional metal braces, which means the shorter time might actually make the treatment cost less. The best way to find out is by talking with our dentist and your insurance to see what is covered.

Invisalign Can’t Treat All Patients

There are some dentists out there who will turn patients away from Invisalign because their orthodontic needs are too severe. Although this is unfortunate, Invisalign treatment isn’t advanced enough where it can completely replace traditional metal braces and other orthodontic treatments. Patients who are good candidates for Invisalign typically have a moderate orthodontic problem at most.

Invisalign is More Comfortable than Metal Braces

It’s quite common to hear of patients who have metal braces complain of being in pain. This is because of the metal wires, scratchy brackets, and painful tightening appointments. With Invisalign, you wear comfortable thin plastic aligners that won’t scratch up your cheeks and lips. In addition, the aligners slowly shift your teeth into the correct position, meaning, the tightening is less severe and therefore less painful.

Invisalign Works Faster

Invisalign treatment works faster than traditional metal braces due to the frequency of how often you change aligners. With traditional braces, your orthodontist tightens them every 6 weeks or so, while with Invisalign, you switch aligners every two weeks. This, as a result, expedites treatment a bit. It may only shave off a month in the long run, but this is appealing to patients who don’t want to deal with treatment longer than necessary.

Treatment Depends on Your Dentist or Orthodontist

Invisalign is just the tool that is used to straighten your teeth. The results depend heavily on your dentist or orthodontist who is responsible for mapping out your entire treatment plan. They diagnose and create a treatment plan that is specialized for you. If you are not happy with your results, you cannot blame the aligners, only your dentist.

Invisalign Trays are Removable

With Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about not eating certain foods, or a lengthy and difficult flossing experience like you normally would with traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are removable for eating, brushing, drinking and flossing. This makes dental hygiene easy to maintain and gives you the ability to eat whatever you want during treatment. It also comes in handy if you have an important event coming up where you need to take your aligners out for a bit.

You Must Wear Aligners 20-22 Hours Per Day

In order to achieve your desired results on time, you must wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. You can also remove them for dental visits. It’s important to keep the aligners in for as long as possible in order to allow treatment to move along as planned.

Patients Require Retainers After Treatment

This is one Invisalign fact patients tend to overlook. Once your treatment is over, you will still need to wear a retainer every night to ensure your teeth don’t move back to their original position. If you commit to orthodontic treatment, you should know you are committing to a lifelong of retainer wear, otherwise, your teeth will move back and all of the time and money you spent will be for nothing.

Aligners are Changed Every Two Weeks or So

Depending on your treatment plan, most patients are advised to change their aligners every 2 weeks throughout their treatment plan. For more complex situations, those patients require 3 weeks of wear while less complex treatments only require 10 days of wear. It’s important to follow these instructions from your Oakdale dentist so that your treatment is completed in time.

You Will Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Weeks

Every 6 weeks or so, you will need to visit us at our Oakdale office so we can ensure your treatment is moving along as it should. This will allow Dr. Berger to make any adjustments and occasionally he might need to have more aligners ordered towards the end of your treatment so your smile is perfect. Invisalign requires fewer visits to the dentist than traditional braces, so if you want to save your time from dental visits, Invisalign might be the smarter choice for you.

Invisalign is Made from Thermoplastic Material

The aligners used for your treatment are made of a thermoplastic material, which is a thin, clear plastic material. The best part of the aligners is that they are clear and therefore unnoticeable. This is helpful for patients who are older and do not want to look like teenagers during their treatment. It also helps patients maintain a strong level of self-confidence during their treatment. If you want a discreet orthodontic treatment, consider Invisalign.

Contact Al Berger, DDS for Invisalign Treatment

After you have read through all of our Invisalign facts and determined it is the right treatment for you, give our Oakdale dentist office a call to schedule a consultation. Dr. Berger will examine your smile to determine if you are a candidate and then create the perfect orthodontic plan for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and to have all of your questions answered.

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