If you’re considering Invisalign as a more attractive alternative to braces, odds are you have some questions about the treatment. Invisalign is still a fairly new dental technology, but it has quickly become a popular choice among dental patients who want straighter teeth. To learn whether Invisalign is right for you, contact our dentists at Constitution Dental in Downtown Ottawa, or continue reading for some answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
Who Can Get Invisalign?
The beauty of Invisalign is that it addresses many different dental problems with regard to misaligned teeth, such as overlapping teeth, tooth gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. There are very few cases in which Invisalign isn’t an option, so most people make good candidates for this “clear braces” alternative. To be sure that Invisalign is the right orthodontic choice for you, we recommend scheduling a brief consultation with our dentists so we can take a look at your mouth and answer any questions you have about the duration or cost of Invisalign treatment.
How Does It Work?
Invisalign doesn’t work like traditional braces do — it’s a much simpler process that relies on a “map” that is created before you even get your first set of clear aligners. When you decide to get Invisalign, our dentists will take an impression of your mouth in order to create a digital progression of how your teeth will adjust throughout the treatment. Based on this digital map, your dentist will then order a set of clear aligner trays for you to wear day and night. Each benchmark in the treatment is a new set of Invisalign trays, which your teeth will gradually move into. When you reach the final set of retainers in the progression, your smile is complete!
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The duration of Invisalign is comparable to braces, though the time estimate is more precise. Since your adjustments are already pre-mapped out, you don’t have to visit your dentist every few months to have your braces manually tightened. If you wear your “invisible braces” for at least 22 hours per day (only removing them to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth), your treatment should be complete after about 15 weeks. It all depends on how diligently you wear your Invisalign trays, as well as the state of your teeth when the treatment began.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on a number of factors, including your family’s dental clinic, your dental insurance coverage, and whether or not you choose to finance. Another thing to consider is how much dental work needs to be done — the more crooked your teeth are, the more Invisalign retainers you’ll need. At Constitution Dental, we customize our dental treatments to each patient’s unique needs, so the price of Invisalign may vary from person to person. For more information about the cost of Invisalign, feel free to reach out to our dental office in Downtown Ottawa.