We’re here to answer 8 frequently asked questions about straightening teeth with Invisalign.
Invisalign has been helping teens and adults straighten their smiles for over two decades with incredible success. It’s particularly popular for busy adults and professionals who need to subtly straighten their smiles quickly and with lasting results. In fact, millions of adults who wouldn’t have pursued orthodontic care because of the look of metal braces have been able to get their dream smiles, thanks to Invisalign.
If you’re on the fence about Invisalign and need some more answers, we’re here to help. Here are answers to 8 of the most common questions we get about this treatment.
1. How much can I expect to pay for Invisalign treatment?
As with most dental care services, it isn’t possible to say exactly how much the treatment will cost until you’ve had an evaluation. However, the average treatment plan is very comparable to traditional orthodontic care and, in some cases, may even be less expensive.
Factoring in the number of advantages of Invisalign and a straighter smile, the cost versus value makes treatment worth every penny.
2. Will people be able to tell I’m wearing Invisalign aligners?
Their namesake suggests invisibility, but it’s more accurate to describe Invisalign aligners as virtually unnoticeable.
The clear aligners do slightly change the look of your teeth, but in such a subtle manner that the vast majority of patients find that coworkers, family, and friends are none the wiser. In the event of a business meeting over lunch or drinks with coworkers, you can simply remove your aligners prior to being seated.
3. How long will it take Invisalign to straighten my teeth?
Speed of treatment is a huge advantage with this treatment. The average time averages about 12 to 18 months for adult patients. This is roughly half the time of traditional braces.
Certain factors will affect how long straightening your smile will take. For example, fixing moderate to severe alignment issues will take longer than a case of mild crookedness or crowding. You can also ask your dentist about switching out your aligners more often to speed up the straightening process.
4. Will I need to change my lifestyle?
One of the many wonderful things about Invisalign is how little of an impact it makes on your lifestyle. Aside from wearing your aligners for at least 20–22 hours a day, your daily life won’t really need to change. Unlike traditional braces, since you’ll remove your aligners before eating and drinking or brushing and flossing, your diet and oral care routines won’t be affected.
5. Why should I choose Invisalign over other orthodontic options?
If you want to straighten your teeth subtly, keep eating your favorite foods, and see results in record time, Invisalign is a great choice over other orthodontic options. This treatment has several advantages that just aren’t applicable to traditional braces. Invisalign also has a long history of success compared to many other brands of clear aligner systems.
With that being said, Invisalign’s benefits don’t mean other forms of orthodontic care may not still be a valuable option. Every patient is different, and our dentists will ensure you are on a treatment plan that will yield the best results possible, whether it be with Invisalign or another option.
6. Can I still use Invisalign if I’ve had other dental work?
If you have partial veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, and other common forms of dental work, you may still be a candidate for Invisalign. Since the aligners are custom-created to reposition teeth individually, it’s possible to design aligners in a manner that allows some teeth to move while keeping others, like a dental implant, in place.
If you’ve had previous dental work, your dentist will take this into careful consideration during your evaluation. In the event your dentist doesn’t recommend Invisalign, we’ll still help you find a smile solution that will work.
7. What can I expect treatment to be like?
After an initial consultation, we’ll take a number of images and scans of your teeth to create a series of clear aligner trays, usually about 20 to 30. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving to the next one. In some cases, you can even switch your aligner early if your dentist approves.
As far as dentist appointments go, we usually like to see our patient every four to six weeks to supervise how their smile is evolving. You’ll wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day, with 22 hours being highly recommended, and generally live your life as normal. After treatment is complete, you’ll need to wear a nightly retainer for a while to ensure you don’t lose your results.
8. How can I tell if I’m a candidate?
Although the average adult is a candidate for Invisalign, there’s no way to tell for sure until you’ve seen a dentist for a professional evaluation.
Your dentist will need to determine how healthy your smile is at the moment, as well as take a look at your current bite alignment. Invisalign is a very effective straightening system, but it does have limits. For example, Invisalign isn’t able to bring together very wide gaps, reverse rotational issues, or be used on teeth that are very short or round in shape.
Schedule your consultation with the Barr & Diachenko dental team.
Do you still have questions about Invisalign, or are you eager to move forward with a consultation? All you need to do to book your evaluation is call our office or fill out this handy online request form. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your Invisalign consultation with our dental team.