While traditional metal braces have gone through quite a transformation in recent years, many patients still have reservations about using them to straighten their smiles. Thankfully, there are now a number of options available to patients seeking orthodontic treatment, including clear braces and Invisalign clear aligner therapy. You may have some misconceptions, so we’re here to give you the truth about Invisalign!
Invisalign clear aligner therapy is an exciting, innovative alternative to traditional braces. The aligner system is able to deliver the same exceptional results, without the use of brackets, wires, and bands! This gives patients a whole new treatment experience, while still meeting their smile needs. To learn more about Invisalign and how it can benefit your smile, keep reading below!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners were developed in 1988 by a company called Align Technology. However, similar orthodontic trays had been used for decades before that as post-treatment retainers. Once orthodontists began to realize the potential of these trays, the Invisalign system was improved. Today, orthodontists like Dr. Scaffidi are able to use customized aligners to correct crooked teeth and misaligned jaws in stages, slowly guiding the movement of the teeth. To keep up with this, the patients are responsible for switching out their aligners for the next in the series every 1-2 weeks.
Invisalign is now the most popular alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment, and for good reason. Having a more subtle way to treat oral issues that is just as effective when used under the supervision of a trained orthodontist like Dr. Scaffidi is extremely appealing to many patients!
Does Invisalign treatment take longer than treatment with braces?
With any type of orthodontic treatment, patient compliance matters, but it’s especially important with Invisalign clear aligner therapy! Because braces are fixed to the surface of the teeth, most of the hard work is done without much effort from the patient. Since aligners are removable, it’s up to the patient to wear them for the recommended 20-22 hours per day in order to see the desired results. Failure to do so can result in longer treatment times or subpar results.
Every case is unique and each patient will respond to treatment in their own way, so there’s no “one size fits all” answer as to how long any kind of orthodontic treatment will last. In general, the total length of treatment for patients who are completely compliant with their Invisalign treatment is anywhere from 6 to 18 months. That’s actually slightly faster than the average time spent in braces!
Is Invisalign more expensive than braces?
When it first entered the market, Invisalign was considered more expensive than other treatments. However, as aligners have become more popular, they’ve become more accessible and affordable! While there are several factors involved in the total cost of your treatment, on average aligners tend to cost about the same as traditional braces.
Scaffidi Orthodontics is committed to providing high-quality, affordable orthodontic care to patients of all ages! We’re proud to offer a variety of treatment plans, and accept most major insurance plans. To better serve you, our team will assist you in filing your claims and processing your insurance forms.
What advantages does Invisalign offer over traditional braces?
Invisalign clear aligners give patients freedom and flexibility that traditional treatment methods just can’t compare to! Food restrictions are a great example of this. Braces patients must avoid crunchy and chewy foods since they can cause damage to the brackets and wires. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about that! You can simply remove your aligners before you eat, and replace them when you’re finished, allowing you to eat whatever you want.
Another benefit of removable aligners is that you can continue your normal oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing around wires, brackets, and bands can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially in the beginning. Invisalign aligners are removed before brushing and flossing, allowing you to carry on as you normally would! Caring for the aligners themselves couldn’t be easier, either! There are special kits designed to clean them, or you can brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste.
Removable aligners are a great option for athletes and musicians who play certain instruments, as well. They’re also perfect for special occasions when you may want your natural smile to shine through, such as weddings, prom, or family photos!
Will the Invisalign system work for everyone?
While there are many great benefits to the Invisalign clear aligner system, it may not be the best fit for every smile. Generally speaking, aligners tend to work best for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Cases that are more complex or severe may require more precise tooth control than a removable aligner can achieve.
During your free initial consultation with Dr. Scaffidi, he’ll be able to determine if Invisalign will be a good fit for your smile, or if you would benefit from another treatment option. You can trust that we’ll only recommend the treatment method that will be best for your unique needs!
What happens once Invisalign treatment is complete?
Whatever orthodontic treatment you decide to pursue, your teeth will always remember their previous place in your mouth. If there’s nothing to keep them in place, they will begin to slowly drift back towards their former positions over time. That’s why retainers are an essential part of long-term success and lasting results! Once your treatment is complete, we’ll provide you with a retainer, so you can keep up the beautiful smile you’ve worked so hard for. Remember to always wear your retainer according to Dr. Scaffidi to see the best results!
Trust your smile to the Invisalign experts at Scaffidi Orthodontics
It’s easy to see why Invisalign clear aligner therapy is the most popular alternative to traditional braces! This innovative treatment method will change the way you view orthodontic treatment.