Also referred to ‘clear’ or ‘invisible’ braces, the Invisalign system is a removable, custom-fabricated device designed to straighten teeth over a period of time. While suitable for patients of all ages, Invisalign is especially favored by adults who want a straighter smile without having to wear the traditional metal braces often associated with children. At Dr. Linger’s office, we offer a full scope of orthodontic services.
Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth based on the treatment plan prescribed by your orthodontist or dentist. And, there are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment.
In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. And, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would. You’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist every 6-8 weeks and on average, Invisalign treatment takes less than a year.
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.
Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can the exact price of treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000.
Because medical benefits differ from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.
Not sure if Invisalign is right for you? When you contact us about your interest in clear braces, we’ll begin with a consultation to evaluate your concerns and determine the best course of action. If interested in proceeding with Invisalign treatment, we’ll take x-rays and make an impression of your teeth, which is then sent to a lab to create aligners.
Invisalign uses state-of-the-art 3D computer imaging technology to create clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your exact teeth and bite. During your visit, you’ll be provided with several sets of aligners that should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, for approximately two weeks per set. Elastic bands may be needed to alter bite position.
The overall number of Invisalign aligners you’ll need from start to finish will ultimately depend on the condition of your teeth and bite. However, the average case takes about 12 months for adults, and can vary considerably for teen patients. Only your dentist can provide an approximate treatment length based on your individual case.
For many patients, the advantages of Invisalign over braces are invaluable. One of the biggest benefits is appearance. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are barely noticeable. Invisalign also has the advantage of being removal. Simply take out the aligner when you’re ready to eat, drink, or brush.
Are you ready to transform your smile? Contact Dr. Linger’s office, conveniently located in Charlotte, NC, to learn more about our orthodontic services or to schedule your Invisalign consultation.