You’ve probably heard of Invisalign in the last couple of years, and maybe you’ve even considered it for your own oral healthcare needs. But what exactly is Invisalign and what can you expect from treatment if you plan to use it? The first thing to understand about Invisalign is that you have to see a doctor who can provide this treatment for you, and if you’re in the Hendersonville area you’re in luck! Rebol Family Dentistry is an accredited Invisalign provider with dentists experienced in the Invisalign process.
The Invisalign treatment straightens your teeth through a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into a straighter position. Some people like to compare them to braces, but there are many differences between Invisalign and traditional braces, including comfort and improved aesthetics. If you’d like to schedule an Invisalign consultation at Rebol Family Dentistry, please use this convenient form.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works through the use of a series of clear, removable aligners which shift your teeth over time. These aligners are made of a flexible plastic called SmartTrack, which is a patented thermoplastic material created exclusively for Invisalign, that is made to fit to your teeth.
During a consultation, your dentist will capture a quick 3D image of your teeth through the iTero Element scanner, and from these images your custom aligners will be made. Like the aligners themselves, each person’s gumline is different, so each set is individually trimmed to fit comfortably against your teeth.
Before your first set of aligners even arrive, your dentist will create a unique, digital treatment plan that shows the movement of your teeth. The amount of time that you wear the aligners will depend on the severity of adjustment necessary for you. Along the way, you’ll check in with one of the dentists here at Rebol Family Dentistry to ensure the aligners are fitting correctly and everything is progressing as planned.
Unique Benefits of Invisalign
There are a number of benefits to using Invisalign over more traditional teeth straightening methods, but most notable is probably the virtual invisibility of the aligners. Most people you come across probably won’t even be aware you’re using Invisalign thanks to the clear thermoplastic technology. To maintain the invisibility of your aligners, be sure to take good care of them and brush them gently with your toothbrush each night. To keep your aligners looking crystal clear, invest in the Invisalign-made cleaning system.
Another benefit is that the aligners can be removed to eat, drink and brush your teeth, which is much more comfortable than metal brackets or wires, which can collect pieces of food and irritate the inside of your mouth.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world and has already helped millions achieve the smile of their dreams. The SmartTrack material used to create the aligners is designed for maximum comfort throughout the orthodontic correction process. While we can’t make any specific guarantees on treatment, we urge you to come in for a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss Invisalign.
Is Invisalign Safe?
Invisalign’s clear aligners are totally FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. A very small portion of the population may have an allergic reaction to the aligners, and if that is the case, Invisalign offers a 100% refund.
What Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign is capable of correcting most minor issues, but it is also proficient at correcting moderate and some severe issues that would otherwise require metal braces. More severe cases of orthodontic correction are usually treated through applications like expanders, spacers, and headgear and would not be a good fit for Invisalign. Gaps, crowding, and turned teeth can all be adjusted with Invisalign, in many cases just as well as braces.
The most common reasons that people seek out Invisalign treatment are to treat gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, or open bite, which is where the teeth are not aligned for a proper bite. Other treatable issues include crossbite and overcrowding.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Like most orthodontic treatments, the amount of time it takes for Invisalign to work depends on each person’s specific needs. There is no one set amount of time. More severe alignment issues will require a greater duration of treatment, while small changes will happen more quickly. A mild case of crowding might take as little as six months to fix, while small gaps could be fixed in as little as eight weeks. In general, Invisalign works faster on adults than teenagers.
The length of your treatment will always be affected by whether or not you wear the aligners for the correct amount of time. The recommended length is 22 hours a day at least with breaks taken throughout the day to eat, drink and brush/floss. Room-temperature water is safe to drink while your aligners are in.
Traditional metal braces usually take up to two years to completely shift teeth to their desired position. In relation to that, Invisalign is almost always shorter, often working in half the time!
How Much Does Invisalign Cost in Asheville, NC?
The cost of Invisalign can vary, especially if you have dental insurance. Typically, Invisalign is a little more expensive than traditional metal braces – ranging from $3,500-$8,000. If you would like more information about getting Invisalign at Rebol Family Dentistry, you can call us at (828) 253-5878.
The number of aligners required over the course of treatment will affect the ultimate price. Most dental insurers cover Invisalign to some degree, and the remaining balance can be spread out over time. Financing options may be available to you–discuss this option with one of our dentists when you come in for a consultation.