What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of 18-30 custom made trays. These trays are made for your individual mouth and teeth structure. You wear each tray for approximately two weeks. Therefore, treatment can last from six months to two years. Treatment can take longer than traditional braces because the trays gradually move your teeth into their best positions. However, they are generally more comfortable and tend to be less noticeable than most oral appliances.
Clear aligner treatment sometimes takes longer than traditional braces. Also, it is not a good fit for severe cases or extreme malocclusions. To get started your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and an x-ray. These images and casts of your teeth help your dentist discover if this treatment is right for you. If you are a candidate for clear aligners your trays are created for your current teeth structure, to your perfect alignment, and every step in between. Your Ann Arbor Smiles Dentist can recommend which treatment is best for you.
Clear Aligners Or Braces
Invisalign® or Clear Aligners
- Translucent trays make them nearly invisible
- Considerably smoother than traditional braces
- Because they are removable, they make it easier to clean your teeth and eat the foods you love
- Made of brackets and wires
- Wires and brackets can be uncomfortable
- Brushing and flossing requires extra time and care
- Avoid certain foods. You may break a bracket or food can get stuck.
Veneers are also an alternate option to Invisalign, which can take less time. However, veneers require removal of a portion of the tooth and are an irreversible procedure.
Please talk to your insurance company to see if you already qualify for braces or Invisalign. If your dental plan already covers orthodontic care you may also qualify for partial or full coverage of an Invisalign treatment. Speak with your insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.
Call Ann Arbor Smiles today to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign!