If you are thinking of having your misaligned teeth corrected, you may be considering Invisalign. Straight teeth not only produce a more attractive smile, but they also make crowded teeth more accessible for proper cleaning. In addition, aligning your teeth can help lessen gum irritation that is caused by crowded teeth placing uncomfortable pressure on sensitive soft tissues.
Even if you are considering Invisalign, you may not know much about this alignment option. Here are a few questions and answers about the Invisalign system for straightening your teeth:
Since Invisalign doesn't have metal brackets or archwires, how can the system straighten your teeth?
Invisalign uses aligning trays that are constructed of clear plastic to realign your teeth. Each tray, which fits over your teeth like a thin mouth guard, is customized for the structure of your mouth and the size and shape of your teeth. The trays are a part of a progressive treatment system in which each set of trays is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
How expensive is Invisalign?
Invisalign is not expensive when compared to other alignment options. For instance, traditional braces cost about $3,000 to $7,000. However, Invisalign, which is similarly priced to ceramic braces, costs $4,000 to $7,400. Other more expensive orthodontic solutions include lingual braces, which may cost $8,000 to $10,000.
Can Invisalign be used by anyone?
Invisalign is usually prescribed for teens or adults. Children whose mouth and palate are still developing are not usually good candidates for Invisalign. In addition, Invisalign may not be the best option for people with an extreme case of dental misalignment.
How long can you go without wearing your aligning trays during the day?
Invisalign trays are easily removed from the mouth. However, you should only take the trays for appropriate reasons, such as to eat or brush your teeth. If you leave the trays out of your mouth for more than two to four hours, you risk delaying the progress of your alignment. You should regularly wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
If you have misaligned teeth and you are an adult or teen, this orthodontic option may be for you. Contact an orthodontist in your area to learn more about the Invisalign system and to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this alignment option. Click here for more information about orthodontic procedures.