September 20, 2016
Time always brings progress, at least when it comes to technology. You can manage your entire life on your phone from anywhere in the world. Cars are getting faster while using less fuel, and robots are becoming less science fiction and more reality with each passing day. Suffice it to say, traditional methods of straightening your teeth have been advancing as well, giving the world Invisalign. You want to get your teeth straightened and you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you want to know more. Here are 5 facts about getting Invisalign in The Woodlands, TX.
1. How Does Invisalign Work?
As opposed to traditional bracket and wire braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to straighten your teeth. They are worn over the teeth similar to a mouth guard, though are much lighter. The trays are designed to be worn in a series, slightly shifting your teeth with each one. They trays are made from an impression of your teeth and created especially to fit you.
2. How Are They Different From Braces?
Beyond the material used to make them, Invisalign has the advantage of being both clear and removable. The plastic is nearly invisible to the naked eye when worn, so this can help preserve your natural image during treatment. You can also take the trays out whenever you need to eat or brush your teeth, which tends to be much more comfortable for patients. This enables them to not have to change their diet when using Invisalign.
3. How Often Will I Have To See The Dentist?
This will depend on how long your treatment needs to last. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, Invisalign can take anywhere from 8-18 months. This is shorter than the time metal braces usually take to correct teeth. Most patients need to see the dentist every 4-6 weeks so progress can be monitored, which is also fewer visits than those patients who have metal braces.
4. How Many Trays Will I Have?
This also depends on the length of treatment required, but most dentists agree that a series of 6-10 aligner trays is adequate to address most patient’s needs. Each tray is worn for about 2 weeks before progressing to the next.
Invisalign typically costs anywhere from $3,500-$8,000, while metal braces usually cost about $2,500-$6,000. The added benefits of comfort and flexibility make the difference more than worth it when consider that you may be dealing with one for a year or more.
If you have any questions about Invisalign, please give us a call at Bear Branch Family Dentistry so we can see if it’s the best solution for you.
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