The benefits of properly aligned teeth go far beyond a brighter, more confident smile.
Dental alignment aids like Invisalign not only help to straighten gapped and crooked teeth, but also enable gums to fit more securely around them. This provides a stronger and healthier defense against potential periodontal problems.
Unlike braces, Invisalign uses transparent, comfortable tooth aligners to gently and gradually move your teeth into their proper positions without uncomfortable brackets and wires.
With Invisalign, you can enjoy:
- Healthier teeth and gums
- Easier dental hygiene
- Reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Near-invisible straightening without obvious dental appliances
- Shorter treatment period
Why choose Invisalign over braces?
Invisalign offers the same stunning results, but without the discomfort of braces. Your teeth will undergo less pressure during the process because adjustments are made more frequently at every 2 weeks. Braces use stronger force and are only tightened every 6 weeks. The use of gentler force combined with smaller, more frequent adjustments mean that Invisalign is often less painful than braces.
Even better, the Invisalign system is also easily removable, allowing you to eat and drink what and when you want, which makes brushing and flossing less complicated.
How long does it take for Invisalign to work?
With Invisalign, you will have straighter teeth in as little as 9 to 15 months—much shorter than the 18-36 months required by braces—with no brackets, rubber bands, wires, or headgear. Wearing the aligners for 20-22 hours a day, you progressively shift your teeth into their ideal positions with minimal irritation or discomfort.
Is Invisalign best for me?
Invisalign helps solve problems with crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and more. While it’s an excellent solution, there are a few instances in which Dr. Wes might not recommend it. Because braces are separately attached to each tooth, they are generally better for more complicated alignment issues, like tooth rotation or moving teeth vertically, and engagement with hard-to-reach back molars. For the vast majority of tooth-straightening needs, however, Invisalign is often the best option.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The typical cost of Invisalign is between $3,500 to $8,000, depending on your individual needs. This is somewhat higher in comparison to the cost of braces, which is normally in the range of $2,500 to $6,000. Luckily, most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would regular braces. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.
What are Invisalign’s other benefits?
When it comes to finding the right option for straightening your teeth, the advantages of Invisalign are clear. With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following:
- Pain and discomfort
- Mouth sores
- Injuries caused by wires and brackets
- Tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing)
- Plaque buildup
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth/bracket breakage
- Difficulty eating
And with braces, even certain foods – like popcorn, chips, nuts, candies, hard fruits, corn, and pretzels – are off-limits. With Invisalign, you don’t need to sacrifice any of the snacks you love.
Get a dental solution that works for you and your schedule. There are many benefits to this widely popular procedure, so it’s easy to see why Invisalign is the best option for adults who want a straighter, healthier smile.