If you have overcrowded or crooked teeth, you've probably considered getting braces to correct the issue. However, traditional braces are much more noticeable than Invisalign aligners. This type of orthodontic treatment consists of clear aligner trays that snap on and off of your teeth. The trays are made of a plastic-like material. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be taken off during a short period of time.
Despite being preferred by older teenagers and adults, Invisalign can be used by people of all ages. So, who is a good candidate for Invisalign? It depends on a couple of factors, as explained below by our experts at OG Dental in Denver, CO.
Once you've decided to get Invisalign, make an appointment with your Denver dental care provider. He will examine your teeth, your overall oral health, and take a 3D model of your teeth. The model, along with your dentist's recommendations, will be sent to the lab to custom-make your aligners. Once your aligners arrive at the office, you'll need to come in to make sure they fit properly.
Since they are designed to shift and move your teeth into the desired position, the aligner trays will feel strange at first. You'll be able to adjust to them after about a week. Every one to two weeks, you'll need to switch to a new tray, which will move your teeth closer to the desired position. Every time you get new trays, you'll be one step closer to achieving the perfect smile!
As we've seen, Invisalign can only be used to treat mild to moderate dental issues. Although you can take it off, professionals recommend you wear them for no less than 20 hours a day to be effective. They should only be removed when you're eating, brushing, and flossing.
Treatment with Invisalign usually takes around 12 months, but it could be longer or shorter, depending on your treatment. Rotations and bite correction can take longer.
On the other hand, small tweaks may require 12 weeks or six months of using Invisalign consistently to get the job done. Your Denver Highlands dentist will advise you about the specific duration of your treatment.
The average treatments range anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, roughly the same as braces. If the dental issue is minor, the cost of the treatment may be slightly less. If you're insured, your insurance can cover up to $3,000. It varies depending on your insurance plan. Ultimately, the severity of the issue being addressed will determine how much your Invisalign costs.