Choosing to straighten your teeth can be a big decision. Not only can it affect your appearance but also your lifestyle. Invisalign® is used commonly by both adults and teens as an alternative to traditional braces. Whether enhancing your smile is for personal, business, or social reasons, our team is here to help.
Come in for a consultation to see if Invisalign® is a good fit for you. We’ll go through how it works and answer any questions you may have.
What Is the Invisalign Treatment Process
The treatment process of Invisalign is straightforward with fantastic results. Following a consultation, we will create custom-made clear aligners designed to fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners will be practically invisible so no one will know that you are correcting your smile. With each aligner, your teeth will be shifted slightly, turning or moving them into a new position. You will receive a new aligner about every week, each with a slightly different change in order to gradually move your teeth into a straight position. Since no two people have the same teeth or smile, your aligners will be completely unique.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is not like traditional braces and has quite a few wonderful benefits.
Appearance: Invisalign is virtually invisible during the treatment process, keeping your smile intact without unsightly metal brackets.
Homecare: While traditional braces can be effective in moving teeth, they are also challenging to keep clean, no matter your hygiene habits. Many traditional dental patients experience tooth decay and gum disease, resulting in permanent damage. Invisalign does not have brackets and wires to try to clean around, making homecare easy.
Comfort: Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is not painful and the aligners are easily removed. Metal brackets are glued to your teeth and can cut your cheeks, making the process painful.
How Will Invisalign Affect My Life
Fortunately, Invisalign will not affect your life much at all. You may need to brush your teeth more often than normally, as you will have to brush after each time that you eat, including snacking. You will also have to remove the aligners when you eat in order to keep their integrity intact. Taking them out in front of people could be uncomfortable, but you could also take them out right before sitting down at a meal. In order to ensure that your treatment stays on track, however, you will need to immediately brush and put them back in.
How Do I Take Care of My Aligners
Even with excellent homecare, your Invisalign aligners will get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is an important part of the treatment, ensuring they remain invisible and free from germs and odors. You can take care of them easily by rinsing them every time you are ready to put them in your mouth. You should also brush them gently, but not with toothpaste that could harm the aligners. There are also specialized cleaning crystals available to soak your aligners, keeping them pristine. You will also need to make sure you do not eat anything or drink anything beyond water with them in as this can damage and stain them.
What Happens After Treatment
Once your teeth are in their final position and you are finished with aligners, you will need to move onto a retainer. As the teeth have just been moved within the jawbone, the bone itself is still going to be soft and the teeth will naturally drift back into their old position without a retainer to hold them in place. The retainer will be clear, like your aligner, making it invisible when worn, but will also be stronger and meant for long term use. We will let you know when you can wear the retainer less as time goes on, but it is the most important element to maintain your smile.
Is Invisalign® removable?
Yes you can remove Invisalign® at any time.
Is Invisalign® more expensive than braces?
The cost of Invisalign® is comparable to traditional braces in most cases. Give us a call to learn more about pricing and payment options.
How long will Invisalign® take to work?
Most people see the desired results in 3-12 months.
Will my insurance cover the cost of Invisalign®?
If you have Orthodontic insurance coverage, Invisalign® is often covered. However, if it is not, we have payment plans to suit every budget!
Invisalign are clear aligners used to substitute traditional metal braces. As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go about with your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.
With this advanced technology, each aligner shifts your teeth slightly to achieve the smile of your dreams in the least amount of time compared to traditional braces. As an Invisalign patient, you will generally have less office visits than those with traditional braces. So, if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the right thing for you!
With Invisalign weekly aligner, treatment time can be up to 50% faster in comparison to traditional braces. You will be able to achieve the smile you have always wanted sooner!
At Markham Dental Hygiene & Wellness, we now offer FREE CONSULTATION and Payment Plans to our patients. Don’t hesitate and call us today for your FREE CONSULTATION. We are more than happy to answer any questions and concerns that you may have. We look forward to meeting you and help create the smile you’ve always wanted!
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