Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Straightening and aligning teeth can help build confidence in a person. The first straightening method for teeth was invented in 1728 by a French dentist. These are now known as the typical metal braces seen today. However, they have caused stigma for many who are older than teenagers as they are unsightly and often need to be worn for years before they can be taken off. This has led to many people feeling self-conscious about getting braces to avoid the embarrassment of walking around with a noticeable metal brace as their smile. In recent years, a company known as Invisalign recreated the way we see braces, creating a system of wearable, plastic aligners that are unnoticeable to most. If you are considering Invisalign, Stansell Dentistry Associates can help get you started.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign has revolutionized the world of orthodontics, giving patients the comfort of plastic aligners that will straighten teeth over time. Invisalign uses a set of plastic aligners that go over your teeth and help to gently pull and push your teeth into alignment. Using an iTero Element scanner, your dentist can make a fast and precise 3D scan of your teeth. This 3D scan allows your dentist to map out your custom treatment plan, helping to mold your first plastic aligner. Your dentist will ensure they fit properly in your mouth when you get the first aligner molded.
After getting your first mold, we will schedule checkups with you every six to eight weeks to check the progress of your teeth alignment journey. You will also be refitted for new aligners each visit, which will help to align your teeth with time. You should begin seeing results within only a few weeks of wearing your first plastic aligner. Since Invisalign are clear, they are virtually invisible to the naked eye, giving you peace of mind knowing you can still smile the way you want to in public. You can also remove your Invisalign while eating or brushing your teeth, which is unique to Invisalign. Invisalign is also for adults - not just for teenagers who want to straighten their teeth and restore their smiles.
How Long Do You Wear Invisalign Braces?
Invisalign is designed to start showing results within the first few weeks of wearing them. However, it will be a slow process, so it may take until the end of your first molded aligner to see any significance. If you suffer from mild to moderate misalignment, your Invisalign journey may typically take around six months to complete. If you suffer from a severe unalignment, it may take you several more months, up to a year, for your journey to finish. Most patients find that Invisalign is not only the most aesthetically pleasing, but they also work faster than traditional braces.
Cost of Invisalign
The cost of Invisalign is variable, depending mainly on the amount of time you will need to wear them. However, they are priced between $2,500 to $6,000 typically, although it could be slightly higher if you have a severe alignment issue. Our office will be able to work with you to help you figure out the pricing and may potentially offer you a payment plan option. Invisalign is still cheaper than braces, which usually range between $3,500 to $8,000, and offers better benefits and quicker results than typical braces.
For more informatiom, visit our Invisalign FAQ page.
If you feel Invisalign may be the best option for you, contact Stansell Dentistry Associates today at 984-477-0177 to schedule an appointment.