Is Invisalign Right For You? Get The Facts
If we could give just one piece of orthodontic advice, it would be this: wear your retainers. If it’s too late and your once-straight teeth have already shifted back into misalignment, don’t worry. You could be an excellent candidate for Invisalign, sometimes known as “invisible braces”.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth. Candidates for Invisalign range from first-time orthodontia patients (usually adolescents) all the way to later-life patients who are straightening (or re-straightening) for both cosmetic and dental health reasons. Nowadays, Invisalign can tackle most alignment problems, from mild to more severe.
Although versatile and popular, Invisalign isn’t for everyone. Is it right for you? Here are a few facts about Invisalign to help you make the decision to talk to your Tru Family Dental practitioner and invest in this innovative braces-free form of orthodontia.
Trays need to stay on
For the best, fastest results from Invisalign, you’ll need to wear the trays for 22 hours each day. This requires some commitment and diligence on the part of the patient to remove the trays only when eating, drinking non-clear liquids, and brushing teeth.
After a few months, some patients start to have a few lazy days where they only wear the trays 18 to 20 hours. Some may even skip a whole night or day. Our advice is this: don’t see how much you can get away with. You’ll be amazed how quickly teeth will revert back to their positions. If you’re not committed to the full 22 hours a day for the duration of your treatment, then you risk slowing down the process.
You’ll form new habits
For many, this means a change in habits and routine. You may need to pass on snacking and sipping throughout the day, and get in the habit of brushing after every meal. It also means looking at the clock and timing your meals to make sure you get your 22 hours in.
You may feel discomfort
When it comes to shifting teeth positions, some discomfort is likely. You’ll change to new trays about every two weeks, and for the first few days wearing a new tray, you may feel some tightness and pressure as your teeth move. The good news? On a survey of Invisalign patients, 35% reported feeling no discomfort.
Invisalign compares well with braces
The most common questions about Invisalign are about how it compares to braces. It’s often believed that it’s more expensive than braces, it takes twice as long, it’s not as effective, and that it’s purely cosmetic and therefore never covered by insurance. Your doctor can discuss each of these questions with you and will provide you with the best advice for your situation. Invisalign treatment costs can vary but on average are similar in price to braces. Treatment time ranges from six to 18 months and can treat almost any orthodontic issue as effectively as braces. It’s also important to check with your insurance provider, they may qualify for the same insurance coverage as traditional orthodontics. One popular reason patients report for preferring Invisalign is that there are less dental visits and no changing them out.
Retainers are key
Back to our number one piece of orthodontic advice: embrace your retainers. After the successful completion of Invisalign treatment, it’s super-important to wear retainers every night. Check with your TruFamily Dental practitioner about built-in retainers and longer-term solutions for keeping that smile straight.
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