Invisalign is often herd of as “the clear alternative to braces.” Although it has been around since the late 1990s, many people are just now becoming aware of this thoroughly modern approach to straightening teeth. Here are the top 10 most common questions about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
1. How does Invisalign work?
Treatment begins with a 3-D digital image of your current smile. Your orthodontist will use this image to create a detailed treatment plan, and show you what your teeth will look like at each phase. Then, a custom-made series of clear plastic Smart Track aligners are created. On average, Invisalign aligners changes are done every two weeks.
2. What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, and are removable. You need to wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day, but you can remove them for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene. In addition, you will see the orthodontist less frequently than you would with braces, since there are no adjustments to be made. Invisalign is also far more comfortable, since there is no scratchy metal in your mouth.
3. Why should I choose a board certified orthodontist who is a among the top nvisalign Providers?
Here are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school, and orthodontic school.
Similar to becoming a medical specialist, such as a surgeon or an internist, orthodontists complete orthodontic residency program for two to three years after dental school. There are more people who apply for orthodontic residencies than there are residencies available. In fact, there are about 15 applications for every opening.
While there’s some instruction regarding orthodontics in dental school, it is minimal. It’s in the orthodontic residency program that orthodontists receives intensive instruction to learn proper, safe tooth movement (orthodontics) and the guidance of dental, jaw and facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). These extra years of schooling make the orthodontist the dental specialist in moving teeth and aligning jaws. This is the only focus of their practice.
You can refer to an orthodontist as:
- An orthodontist
- An orthodontic specialist
- An orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedist
4. I had braces, but my teeth have now shifted again. Can Invisalign help?
Many current Invisalign patients had braces as teens or young adults, but their teeth shifted afterwards. Invisalign is an excellent way to correct this shifting without the social awkwardness that metal braces can cause.
5. Can I use Invisalign with dental veneers?
It depends. We will carefully evaluate your current dental situation, including the location of your veneers, and make a determination as to whether Invisalign will work for you.
6. I have dental bridgework. Can I use Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used on patients with bridgework. We will discuss your individual situation and determine the best course of action to meet your needs.
7. Can I eat, drink, smoke, and chew gum with Invisalign?
Because Invisalign is removable, you do not have dietary restrictions during treatment as you would with traditional braces. However, you need to be careful about what you consume when wearing aligners. It is generally okay to consume a moderate amount of either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, as well as snacks that are not sticky or hard, without removing the aligner. If you do so, be sure to thoroughly clean your teeth and the aligners soon afterward. If you are eating a meal, or consuming anything sticky or hard to chew, including gum, be sure to take your aligner out first. Smoking can discolor the aligners.
8. How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The exact price of Invisalign varies depending on many variables, from geographic location to the current state of your teeth. It is generally in the same range as braces, though. If Invisalign is a good option for you, we will provide a total cost breakdown, including office visits as well as all aligners, before we ever begin work.
9. Is Invisalign covered by dental insurance?
It depends on your contract. In most cases, if your plan covers braces, it will likely cover part of the cost of Invisalign. Our highly skilled office staff will be happy to go over your insurance information with you and let you know how much of the cost is covered.
10. How can I pay for Invisalign?
We offer a couple of different options to help you pay for Invisalign. If you have good credit, you may qualify for our zero-interest, in-house financing. Otherwise, we accept CareCredit, an instant-approval healthcare financing service with several different payment options. Speak with our office staff to determine the best financing option for you.
About Dr. Gutierrez:
Dr. Alex Gutiérrez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and has lived in Central FL since 1987.
Dr. Gutiérrez believes in a state-of-the-art orthodontic practice delivering customized orthodontic solutions in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Using the latest technologies and providing the highest quality of orthodontic treatment available, his patient-driven practice is devoted to delivering the best care to his patients, their families, and the community. His practice is designed to utilize the most advanced technology available to ensure that every patient’s objectives are met and every question is answered.
As he puts it, “The specialty of Orthodontics is the combination of art, science, and medicine that allows me not only to help people medically but also to provide them with a life lasting beautiful smile and increased self-esteem.”
Call Gutierrez Orthodontics today at 813-968-1611 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our Invisalign treatment for a straighter, healthier smile!