Invisalign: Clear Braces

Invisalign straightens your teeth without traditional braces and the associated embarrassment, discomfort, visitation, and cleaning chores.

A series of clear snap-on aligners, they are an alternative to traditional brackets-and-wires, with a 10-year record of millions of satisfied customers.

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Advantages of Invisalign

Why so popular

Invisalign's offers advantages, while delivering the benefits of orthodontic braces:

  • Discreet The aligners are barely noticeable unlike embarrassing orthodontic braces, being made of transparent plastic.
  • Comfortable The custom-made snap-on aligners are free of the irritation caused by traditional brackets and wires.
  • Removable Snap aligners off when eating and kissing, or flossing and brushing, avoiding the interference of braces.

A recent survey by the maker of Invisalign reports 96% of customers satisfied with the treatment, following millions of successful cases. Now, a large majority of orthodontists themselves offer Invisalign.

Invisalign Steps

Fewer visits

Invisalign treatment is straightforward:

  • An Invisalign provider assesses whether you are a candidate
  • The dentist takes impressions of your bite and sends them to Invisalign for a computer analysis
  • Dentist and Invisalign plan your case, from first to last aligners, which arrive in about one month
  • Every six weeks, you visit the dentist for a check-up and a new supply of aligners, each of which you wear for about two weeks
  • Once the last aligner has been worn, the treatment is supposed to end, though a refinement may be in order

The whole treatment takes between 6-18 months, depending on your case and dedication - it takes longer, the more crooked your teeth or the less you wear the aligners.

Cost of Invisalign

Comparable

Invisalign costs about the same as traditional orthodontics - $3,500-$5,500 depending on the severity of the case.

If you have dental insurance, confirm that the Invisalign provider accepts your plan, as it would pay for a substantial part of the cost, and ask about financing options.

A flexible spending account, if your company offers it, is a good way to save up to 40%.

References

About.com - Is Invisalign Right For Me
American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics - How well does Invisalign work?
Wikipedia - Invisalign