What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that allows doctors to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable, nearly invisible, plastic appliances called aligners. These aligner trays are made of a smooth, comfortable and nearly invisible plastic that lightly snap on top of your teeth. Wearing the Invisalign aligners will steadily and gently shift your teeth into place.
Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets to attach, and no need to tighten any wires. This ensures that you get the beautiful smile you desire with little interference in your daily life. Here’s the best part: most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Let’s go through how Invisalign works. The patient meets with an Invisalign-trained dentist (like Dr. Nasiry at LA Dental Clinic!) who takes orthodontic records of the patient’s teeth, including impressions, and fills out an Invisalign treatment prescription form and sends all the material to Align Technology.
At Align, a computer model of the patient’s teeth is created from the impressions. Align then uses its advanced, 3-D imaging software to generate a graphical representation of the doctor’s treatment plan—almost like an animated movie of the way the patient’s teeth will move from the current position to the final desired position.
What are the Primary Benefits of Invisalign?
There’s a reason why Invisalign has grown so much in the last decade. It’s because there are clear benefits to getting it. Compared to traditional orthodontic solutions like braces, Invisalign is:
With an almost transparent appearance, Invisalign allows you to get the perfect smile you've always wanted without the self-consciousness of braces.
Love sticky or stringy foods? No problem! Invisalign is removable, so you can continue to enjoy eating whatever you want, whenever you want.
Better for Oral Hygiene
Straight teeth but bad breath? Not with Invisalign. Since it's removable, you can continue your normal oral care routine and have healthy gums and teeth.
Thanks to Invisalign, you can be free from abrasive wires and metal brackets. It's so comfortable that you might even forget you're wearing it!
Get Answers To Your Invisalign Questions
Just about anyone. Experienced doctors can use Invisalign to treat the vast majority of people who want straighter teeth.
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, two-thirds to three-fourths of American adults (between 136 and 154 million) have some sort of malocclusion (crooked teeth) and could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Your initial consultation and the testing done throughout will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
This depends on your goals. Like traditional braces, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the case. If your goals require a lot of movement of your teeth, the treatment time will be longer. If your case doesn’t require much, the treatment time will be shorter.
Nevertheless, expect your treatment to be as short as 10 months to as long as multiple years.
Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers Invisalign to the same extent. In addition, many doctors offer financing through companies such as Chase Health Advance or Care Credit.
One of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign is how much it costs. It’s an important question and one that we at LA Dental Clinic want to be upfront about.
You’re investing a lot of money into improving the way your smile looks. You deserve a clear explanation on the cost of Invisalign treatment.
Charges can vary depending on the length of treatment. The price of braces and specifically Invisalign may vary greatly from Doctor to Doctor and from city to city.
The charge is typically calculated using the time period of treatment together with the complexity of your case. People who have more crooked teeth can expect to be charged more than those that need minor tooth movement only.
Also, you have the price of the retainers following the treatment. Again, this can vary.
However, you can expect to pay between $3500-$6000 for Invisalign treatment.
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What's the Process to Get Invisalign?
Contact us and set up a FREE consultation
This is your opportunity to learn whether Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Arezoo Nasiry and Dr. Azy Nasiry will discuss your orthodontic issues with you and ask you what your goals are. They will then talk about your options in detail to decide if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions regarding Invisalign, concerning treatment, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance and more.
LA Dental Clinic will create a customized Invisalign treatment plan for you
After careful examination done by Dr. Nasiry, we'll take impressions, x-rays, and pictures of your teeth. From these, our team will be able to create a digital 3D image of your teeth. You’ll also be able to see a 3D model of what your teeth will look like when your Invisalign treatment is done.
Dr. Nasiry will show you the exact movements of your teeth and will let you know approximately how long the length of the treatment will be. From here, she’ll create a customized treatment plan, just for you.
Get your custom-fit aligners based on your treatment plan
Based on the customized treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear, BPA-free plastic Invisalign aligners will be made for you. Unlike traditional metal braces, these trays will not irritate your cheeks and gums. You must wear them throughout the day, and remove them whenever you wish to eat or brush and floss your teeth. We recommend that our patients keep them on for 20-22 hours a day to start.
Wear a new Invisalign aligner every two weeks
Roughly every two weeks, you'll start wearing a new set of Invisalign aligners as you advance through the stages of your treatment. We'll continually monitor your development with occasional check-up appointments with Dr. Nasiry. Typically, you'll only need to come in for a checkup every 6 weeks or so.