Ever since the brand was launched in the U.S. in 1999, Invisalign has become one of the most popular ways to fix crooked teeth among adults as an increasing number of them are getting braces today.
What are Invisalign Braces?
According to Santa Clara-based Align Technology that makes Invisalign, the Invisalign system is the invisible way to straighten teeth by using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology. A patient has to wear clear aligners for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series.
Price of Invisalign depends on the patient’s treatment plan but it is usually similar to the cost of traditional braces. The national average for Invisalign is about US$5,000, according to Align Technology. Invisalign orthodontists should be able to provide payment options and Invisalign should be covered by the personal insurance plan to the same extent as conventional braces.
Advantages of the Invisalign Technology
Since the aligners are transparent, Invisalign is especially popular among adults who don’t want the look of traditional metal braces, which are typically worn by children. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is comfortable and painless, and it can be removed to eat, drink and clean the teeth. To be able to clean teeth properly means less tooth decay and gum disease.
Disadvantages: Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign seems like a brilliant system. No one would notice if a person is wearing the braces – but Invisalign is not for everybody. Severely crooked or over-crowded teeth cannot be fixed with Invisalign. Despite the fact that the company states Invisalign cost about the same as conventional braces, it is normally more expensive. Since the aligners can be removed, if a person is not committed to wear them for 22 hours a day, the treatment period takes much longer than wearing conventional braces. If a person grinds the teeth, the aligners can be easily damaged. Many people often lose the aligners as they have to be often removed to eat, drink and clean. In some unfortunate cases, teeth just don’t move as they should – some people have to abandon Invisalign after a certain period and wear traditional braces.
“I was absolutely sick of wearing Invisalign for such a long time,” said Miriam Gray from San Francisco who wore Invisalign for three years and conventional metal braces for one year to finish the treatment faster.
Finding an Invisalign Orthodontist
After studying and finding out whether Invisalign is the right choice, ask the family dentist for a referral. Have a consultation meeting first and do not sign a contract unless everything is clear. Invisalign orthodontists often charge extra fees during the treatment.