If you are looking for an orthodontic correction that is inconspicuous, Invisalign® might be a perfect choice. The thin aligners make this one of the easiest forms of orthodontics because they can slide over your teeth easily.
Invisalign is a series of clear and removable appliances that are customized for your mouth by your Invisalign certified orthodontist. With each new aligner, you'll see gradual progress in the straightening of your teeth.
The Invisalign system combines modern 3-D technology with traditional orthodontic methods. Your orthodontist will take scans of your mouth before creating an initial treatment plan that details any movement he or she anticipates for your teeth.
Invisalign aligners are composed of a heat-sensitive material that looks like dental retainer trays or custom night braces. Although Invisalign aligners are worn like a mouth guard, they differ because Invisalign technology is designed to move your teeth through controlled and carefully timed force.
Over the course of your treatment, you'll wear a series of different aligners, which are designed to slowly shift your teeth to their ideal positions.
Orthodontic Associates uses digital impressions for Invisalign cases. These impressions improve both accuracy and speed in Invisalign cases.
Can I Get Invisalign?
Many patients in need of orthodontic treatment are candidates for Invisalign. Our expert team will consult with you to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.
Treatment with Invisalign is appropriate for most common conditions including:
Invisalign is only successful when there are not other orthodontic issues that involve shifting the jawbone. This form of orthodontic treatment works best for teens and adults whose bones have stopped growing. Preteen patients' teeth are often still growing, which leads to inaccurate aligners.
You're never too old for Invisalign. Orthodontic treatment is increasing in popularity in adults, with about 20% of patients currently undergoing treatment aged 21 or older.
We will evaluate all treatment options for any dental issues you may have, and we are committed to finding the solutions that work best for you. When you schedule a $25 consultation with us, we will present you with all possible options for your treatment.
Who Can Provide Invisalign Treatment?
Only orthodontists who have been trained and certified on Invisalign technology can oversee your treatment. If a visit to our offices has determined that Invisalign is right for you, you will be working with an expert in all phases of your care. Our providers attend continuing education to stay up-to-date on their certifications.
As a Premier Provider for Invisalign, we are consistently recognized by Invisalign for our commitment to providing quality service for hundreds of cases every year.
How Long is Treatment with Invisalign?
The amount of time you wear Invisalign will depend on how your teeth align with each other, the severity of any malocclusions, and a number of factors. Only your orthodontist can determine how long your individual treatment will take.
Typical treatment time for Invisalign is shorter than with braces because of the lack of friction. Most teenagers will need a year, while adults usually require 1-3 years. Treatment time for traditional brackets spans 18 months to three years.
During treatment, you will be instructed to wear your braces on a full-time basis, usually up to 22 hours per day. Your orthodontist does this so you can complete your treatment time as quickly as possible. Even though it's hard waiting for the results that come from following these instructions, the more time you spend without wearing your aligner, the longer treatment will take.
How Much Will Treatment Cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment will depend on several factors, including
- the complexity of your case,
- treatment length,
- where you live, and
- whether your insurance plan covers Invisalign or reimburses for some of the cost.
Typically, Invisalign can cost between $3,000 and $8,000. Schedule a consultation with an Invisalign-certified orthodontist and contact your insurance company to determine your cost.
Talk to your Tampa-area orthodontist about available payment plans if you have significant out-of-pocket expenses for this treatment approach.
Too old? Too young? Not a problem. Orthodontic Associates provided Invisalign services to hundreds of adult and teen patients last year.
How Often Will I Get A New Aligner?
Patients will typically wear a new aligner every one or two weeks. Aligners make slight changes to the position of your teeth, and you'll need regular examinations every four to six weeks with your orthodontist to check that treatment is progressing as expected.
What Are Some Advantages of Invisalign?
Everybody can feel a little uncomfortable wearing traditional metal braces. Food easily gets stuck in the brackets and the metal wires can rub sore spots in cheeks and gums. Invisalign provides all the benefits of orthodontic treatment with superior ease and comfort. For most people, the aligners are hardly noticeable.
Invisalign treatment has several other benefits besides aesthetics. One of these is increased oral cleanliness. People who brush their teeth and floss face a greater challenge with metal brackets or wires in the mouth. With Invisalign, simply remove your aligners and brush, floss, and rinse as you would normally. Don’t forget to clean the aligners too.
Are There Risks?
Invisalign aligners are a great way to straighten teeth. The only “risk” comes from their ease of use. It's very easy to "cheat" and pop aligners out of your mouth since they aren't permanently attached to your teeth.
If you stop wearing your aligners as directed, your teeth will slowly shift back into their original position and your progress may be lost. Parents should consider how likely their child is to wear their aligners properly and consider other orthodontic appliances for a child who is unlikely to keep up with their treatment.
Caring for Your Aligners
It is important to care correctly for your aligners in order to have a successful orthodontic correction. Your orthodontist will provide specifics on how to care for your Invisalign aligners at home, which typically include:
- Always rinse your aligners when you remove them. Bacteria and plaque from your saliva easily attach to the aligner, which will cause it to have an unpleasant odor and a sticky feeling on your teeth.
- Use an antibacterial soap to clean your aligners. Make sure it's clear, unscented, and has a neutral taste.
- If you use toothpaste to clean your aligners, make sure it is not whitening toothpaste. The abrasive agents in whitening toothpaste can wear away at your teeth and cause small bacteria traps.
- Brush and floss your teeth before reapplying your aligners if you've taken them out.
- Proper oral hygiene is essential during the treatment phase in aligners.
- When you’re not wearing your aligners, make sure to shut them up in their case. Leaving them out can expose them to germs that aren’t good for your teeth.
Want to know what your smile will look like after treatment? The Clin Check tool allows our doctors to see the progression of treatment with a 3D image of how the teeth will shift throughout treatment. The orthodontist can move the 3D model that Clin Check creates around to see how the bite improves as well as how the teeth start to come together.
What if I Lose or Damage My Aligners?
It is possible to replace lost or broken aligners with a visit to your orthodontist. Keep in mind that without them, progress may slow down.
Visit the Invisalign homepage to learn more about Invisalign and how it works.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.