What are Invisalign clear braces?
Invisalign clear aligners are transparent aligners that move your teeth in the desired direction through the gradual application of pressure. It’s one of the world’s leading orthodontic treatments, capable of straightening your smile without ugly metallic braces. Since the innovation of Invisalign, various other companies have also started producing clear braces, but Invisalign continues to be the most effective.
The basic concept of Invisalign is the same as most orthodontic treatments — the pressure is applied to your teeth to move them in the desired direction. Traditional orthodontic treatments provide pressure using metallic wire and brackets. You have to wear the metallic brackets constantly, and they’re frequently tightened by the dentist to move your teeth in the desired direction.
However, Invisalign consists of transparent plastic aligners without metallic wires, brackets, or other components. You have to wear the teeth aligners for at least 22 hours a day and change the aligners once every 2 weeks. Each set of aligners corresponds to a different stage in your treatment, moving your teeth closer towards the position of optimal alignment.
By the time you reach the final aligner, your teeth are perfectly straight and even — the entire process takes 6 to 18 months.
What is it like to have Invisalign treatment?
Your Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with the Invisalign dentist. The dentist will examine your teeth, analyze your smile, and determine if you need Invisalign. They take 3D images of your teeth using a special scanner, and the images are uploaded to the software. The software allows the dentist to curate your treatment plan, visualizing every stage of the Invisalign treatment. You can literally see how your teeth will look at various stages of the Invisalign treatment, so there’s no guesswork. If you’re happy with what you see, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory to prepare a custom-designed set of Invisalign aligners.
The Invisalign aligners will be prepared in a few weeks, after which you’ll have to go back for a fitting. The dentist will provide the Invisalign aligners and show you how to put them on. The dentist will help with the first aligner, ensuring it fits correctly, and provide instructions on maintenance. You can then resume your daily activities, wearing the Invisalign teeth aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You can take the aligners off before meals and while brushing/ flossing, but you must wear them at all other times. You also have to change the Invisalign aligners once every 2 weeks until you reach the final set of Invisalign aligners.
Once your teeth are perfectly aligned, you’ll have to wear a set of invisible retainers. After your teeth are moved, your jaw needs some time to adjust to the new position. That’s why you need retainers to hold your position of alignment. As such, you have to wear the retainers for around six months. If you don’t wear the retainers, your teeth might move back, returning to their original position. You must prevent that from happening. The entire Invisalign treatment usually concludes within 2 years, but everyone has a unique journey. Contact your nearest Invisalign provider for a smile assessment to determine how long your specific treatment will last.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisible: You don’t have to worry about social anxiety or self-consciousness because Invisalign is completely transparent.
- Removable: You can take your Invisalign aligners off before meals and while brushing. This allows you to eat whatever you want without staining your aligners and maintain optimal oral health.
- Comfort: Invisalign only consists of plastic aligners without wires, brackets, or other components. So there’s no bruising, irritation, or discomfort — most patients stop feeling the aligners after some time.
- Efficient: Traditional brackets may have to be worn for up to 4 years, and you need constant dentist visits for readjustment. However, Invisalign aligners complete the orthodontic process within 18 months, and the need for dentist visits is minimal.
- Straight Teeth: Most importantly, Invisalign straightens your teeth for a lifetime, addressing all your cosmetic concerns and the oil health concerns arising due to misalignment.
How effective is Invisalign?
Invisalign is just as effective — if not more so — than traditional braces. In the past, it was assumed that Invisalign wasn’t as effective as traditional braces, and it was unfairly pegged as a cosmetic treatment suitable for minor orthodontic concerns. However, the recent advancements in Invisalign have made it perfect for all orthodontic concerns, including major misalignment, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, etc. Some patients may need Invisalign attachments for additional orthodontic work — these are small tooth-colored buttons attached to the Invisalign.
What is the average cost of Invisalign?
According to the Consumer Guide for Dentistry, the average cost of Invisalign treatment in the US ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the level of misalignment, location, and other factors. Insurance doesn’t typically pay for Invisalign treatment, but it can sometimes pay for orthodontic treatments. In some cases, insurance might pay up to $3,000, or it might pay as much as it would for traditional braces, with you having to pay the difference. However, each individual’s insurance journey is unique — your dental clinic will help you determine your Invisalign cost and the possibility of insurance coverage.
Where can I get Invisalign in Houston?
URBN Dental is the ideal dental office for Invisalign in Houston. Our dental clinic is led by highly-skilled and certified Invisalign providers, such as Dr. Chae and Dr. Golik. With offices in Uptown and Midtown Houston, URBN Dental is suitable for patients in and around Houston. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about Invisalign in Houston, TX.