What is Invisalign? This dental treatment involves a series of removable teeth alignment appliances that are clear. They are an alternative to metal braces. The clear alignment trays gradually move teeth from their original position into their desired position. The treatment program can run from eight to fifteen months, depending on the changes required. Every two weeks, the patient changes the alignment tray for the next one in the series. If someone looks very closely, he or she might notice the dental tray. However, most people will never know you are wearing them. Your dentist can help you get the treatment started.
How does Invisalign work?
The first appointment with your dentist will involve taking detailed x-rays of your teeth, and the dentist must complete a detailed examination. With that information, the doctor will create a computer mockup of how you and your teeth will look at the end of the procedure. That information goes to the manufacturer who creates a series of trays. Each tray in the series makes a slight change to your teeth’s configuration. The first tray is a slight change from your current teeth alignment. The final tray makes the final adjustment. Depending on the amount of change you need, you will have dozens of trays to use through-out the process.
What do patients experience with Invisalign?
The changes the dental appliances make are gradual. Patients will think the tray is tight when they first put it in the mouth. As the tray begins moving the teeth, the tray will become more comfortable as the teeth come into alignment. With each successive tray, the cycle repeats. Gradually, the teeth move towards their eventual final position. Patients can remove the trays to eat and clean the teeth. For the most part, the trays stay in the mouth 22 hours a day. It is easy to keep things clean and they do not have the teeth cleaning issues that metal braces bring. Your dentist can give you the full details.
What are the costs of a typical Invisalign treatment?
Costs will vary according to the treatments necessary. Some patients will only need eight months of treatment while others will require up to fifteen months. These difference and amount of trays required will determine the costs differences. You will need to make periodic visits to your dentist to make sure everything is on track. The dentist should give you a firm cost and let you know exactly what to expect once you have your initial consultation.