Invisalign has become a very popular alternative to braces over the years. This treatment is especially popular with adults who feel they are too old for the look of braces, but Invisalign is a great alternative for teens as well. Before we talk about common questions, let’s discuss how Invisalign works.
The first step for Invisalign is to meet with an orthodontist that is experienced with Invisalign. This orthodontist can determine if you or your teen is a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are ready to move forward, a mold is taken of the mouth. This mold is set to Invisalign to create a treatment plan. After the plan has been approved, a series of invisible trays are created. Each tray is designed to be worn for about two weeks before moving to the next one. This slowly straightens teeth. Now that we understand the basics of how it works, let’s tackle some common questions.
The first question that most parents have is cost. Invisalign is actually about the same cost as braces overall. This is not the entire answer though. Cost can vary between the two depending on insurance, so it is important to talk it over with someone who can help you understand your insurance plan.
The next question is why would Invisalign be a better option than braces. There are actually several reasons that Invisalign is better. The most obvious reason for not wanting braces is the look of the metal wires and brackets. No one really chooses braces because they think braces are cool or cute. Invisalign can help teens and adults feel more confident because no one else can even tell they are there.
Another reason people like to avoid braces is the hassle. Braces can be very uncomfortable. Wires can stick out and cut the inside of your mouth. This requires the add of wax to try and help prevent more pain. Invisalign is significantly more comfortable. The trays are also a lot easier to clean than braces. Braces take a lot of work to clean, but trays can be taken out before eating to prevent them from getting as dirty and while they are out, they can be cleaned easily. This also means there are none of the diet restricts that braces have.
A common fear that parents have for Invisalign is that they money will be wasted if a parent does not trust their child to actually wear the trays. The trays do need to be worn about 20 to 22 hours a day to be most effective. Research has shown that the majority of patients actually average 21 hours daily. The trays do have a built in detector though. There is a small blue indicator that will fade if the trays are being worn as recommended. This removes some of the worry.
This has just been a very short introduction into Invisalign. If you have any concerns that haven’t been addressed here or if you want to get started now, find your nearest orthodontist that is trained in Invisalign.