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Invisalign FAQs and Answers

Are you considering Invisalign for yourself or your child? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about this alternative orthodontic treatment option. Invisalign is beginning to rival braces in terms of popularity, cost, and effectiveness. If you’re on the fence about whether or not Invisalign is right for you or your child, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this state of the art treatment.

How much does Invisalign Cost?

The average price range for Invisalign is between $3,000 and $7,000. Where the exact cost falls within that range depends on a few factors, such as the extent of corrections needed, length of treatment, and how many aligners you require.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

If your dental insurance includes orthodontic coverage, you may get a lump sum toward orthodontic care. This coverage may be able to be applied to Invisalign treatment. Contact your insurance provider if you have questions about what type of orthodontic treatment is covered by your plan.

Is Invisalign really invisible?

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. They are virtually invisible and only detected by the patient and others who already know they are wearing the aligners. Most people will be unable to tell when you are wearing your aligners.

How long does Invisalign take to correct teeth?

The average time frame for treatment is 12 to 18 months. The length of treatment depends on the extent of the corrections your teeth require. If your teeth have further to move in order to be properly aligned, you’ll require more aligners and a longer treatment period. The best way to ensure you have the shortest possible treatment time is to wear your aligners as much as possible every day. At least 22 hours is recommended.

What makes someone an ideal candidate for Invisalign?

If your teeth need minor straightening, you have an overbite, or you have other basic orthodontic issues, Invisalign is usually a good treatment option for you. Most patients can get the corrections they need from Invisalign, but some may be ineligible due to the complexity of their case.

What makes someone ineligible for Invisalign?

If you have complex or rare orthodontic problems, it is possible that Invisalign may not be able to correct them. There are some issues that only traditional braces can correct. A consultation with your dentist can determine whether or not you would benefit from Invisalign or if you will require traditional braces.

Is Invisalign removable?

Yes. One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Like retainers, you can take them out when you eat and brush your teeth. This makes them convenient, however, it is easy to lose your aligners. Always store them in the case when you are not wearing them. And be sure to remember to put them back in so that you can reach the recommended goal of 22 hours of wear per day.

Are there any foods you can’t eat with Invisalign?

No. Since your aligners are removable, you can eat and drink the same as you did before you started Invisalign. You won’t get a list of foods you can’t eat as you would if you got braces.

How do you take care of your teeth with Invisalign?

With Invisalign you can brush and floss your teeth the same way you did before. It is still important to brush twice a day and floss once a day to prevent plaque build up and cavities. Of course you remove your aligners to brush and floss. You should also brush your aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste to keep them clean. The only difference is that you may want to consider brushing your teeth after you eat something and before you put your aligners back in. You don’t want to trap food particles underneath your aligners and then wear them for hours. This could cause tooth decay.

Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring is a Certified Invisalign Provider

If you’re looking for an Invisalign provider, the good news is that you don’t need to see an orthodontist. Dentists, such as Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring, can offer Invisalign because it is created using computer software. Using digital images, the Invisalign software creates a treatment plan with a complete series of aligners that will correct the teeth gradually over time. The patient simply switches aligners every 2 weeks or so, according to the dentist’s instructions. You can get your dental care and orthodontic treatment all at one convenient location. 

Call 240-641-5828 today to schedule an Invisalign consultation or request an appointment. We look forward to helping you improve your smile.