Orthodontic treatment used to involve wearing metal braces for approximately two years and having many food restrictions placed on you. With Invisalign, you can disguise your treatment, remove your aligners when needed, and eat anything you like. In many cases, treatment time is shorter as well. Nine to 15 months is the national average.
Invisalign is the brand name for a series of clear, plastic, and customized aligners. You wear each aligner for approximately two weeks before replacing it with a new one. The aligners place continuous pressure on your teeth to move into the desired position. You never have to deal with metal or wires. At the start of your treatment, Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim take detailed impressions of both rows of teeth as well as your gums and jaws. This enables your dentist to map your treatment from beginning to end before you even get started.
Is There an Age Limit for Invisalign?
You may assume that it’s too late to straighten your teeth if you didn’t get orthodontic treatment as a teenager. This simply isn’t the case. Invisalign allows you to get the treatment you need while not having to endure the self-consciousness that can come with a metal smile. No matter what your age, it’s not too late to get the beautiful smile you have always wanted.
Non-Cosmetic Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth
Most people seek orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons. However, the benefits of straight teeth go far beyond your appearance. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and reduce the risk of TMJ, cracks, and breaks. The inability to keep your teeth clean makes it more likely you will develop gum disease, bone loss, gum recession, and even lose one or more teeth. You’re also prone to greater tooth decay when your teeth are improperly aligned.
Invisalign for Teenagers
Invisalign is equally effective compared to traditional metal braces. The orthodontists who created Invisalign Teen understand the unique and active lifestyle of teenagers. Because patients wear removable trays instead of brackets and wires, parents can avoid those dreaded emergency appointments to the orthodontist. It’s also reassuring to know that Invisalign provides six replacement aligners at no charge if your teen does happen to lose one.
Cost of Invisalign
Depending on your treatment plan, Invisalign may cost more or less than the cost of typical braces. Most insurance companies cover at least a portion of the cost. The office staff at Dental Illusions can also help you locate financing free or low-cost financing options.