As an Invisalign® dentist, many people come in looking for ways to straighten their teeth. We have several methods of doing so and have found that wearing clear aligners can be incredibly effective for our adult patients. They are more convenient and easy to wear than metal braces because they come out while eating and brushing teeth. As such, they provide a greater level of flexibility which our patients tend to appreciate. While the benefits of this procedure are widely known, there are still some common misconceptions. With that in mind, here is what you need to know.
Timing of the Treatment
How long it will take to straighten teeth will depend on their current position. Many people think that aligners can straighten their teeth faster, but the reality is that teeth must move in a set timeframe in order to prevent unnecessary irritation. Speeding up the process unnecessarily can lead to damage. Whether a patient is wearing braces or Invisalign®, the timeframe will be similar.
One way it can speed up is that patients can switch the aligners out at home, which means that they do not have to wait to schedule an orthodontic adjustment. This treatment may save the patient a month or so, but the overall treatment time will remain fairly similar.
Cost and Affordability
As an Invisalign® dentist, we hear from a lot of patients that want to straighten their teeth but worry that wearing aligners will be too expensive or more expensive than braces. This really depends on the extent of the treatment, but the prices are similar, in general. In our office, we do not want finances to stand in the way of a patient straightening his or her teeth. As such, speak with our office staff about payment plans and other solutions.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that using Invisalign® is as simple as picking up a retainer and wearing it. This comparison is understandable, considering that the clear aligners resemble a retainer. They are, however, completely different. The Invisalign® lab creates the aligners using computer imaging. Each aligner focusses on moving specific teeth, and the subsequent aligners pick up where the old one left off.
This makes it a fairly complex system and important to wear each of the aligners in the right order. Typically patients have to, otherwise, they will not fit. Once a patient wears an aligner long enough, it will start to feel loose, signifying that it is time for the next aligner. When a patient complete with the process, we will give the patient a retainer to wear for a period of time in order to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their initial position.
As an Invisalign® dentist, we are confident in the results that this procedure produces and encourage you to visit IronHorse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry so that we can examine your teeth, answer any other questions you have, and help you to get started. Working together, we can improve your smile.
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