Invisalign® Orthodontic Braces
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
With its aesthetic advantages over traditional braces, the Invisalign® system is a treatment for crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign® clear aligners and some patients find them more comfortable to wear than metal braces. Patients at our locations in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, are often interested in finding answers to the following questions about Invisalign® clear aligner therapy.
Why Choose Invisalign®?
Invisalign® clear aligner therapy is just one option for patients with misaligned teeth. In the past, metal braces were practically the only option for straightening crooked teeth. Patients had no choice but to endure a metallic smile (and cumbersome brackets and bands) while they received treatment. Now, with the advent of the Invisalign® system, patients can receive orthodontic care that is more ideally suited to their lifestyles and needs. With Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, it is often difficult for others to notice that you are undergoing treatment! Invisalign® aligners also straighten teeth gradually and gently, without the soreness and discomfort that traditional braces may cause.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign® Clear Aligner Therapy?
Practically all candidates for traditional metal braces are candidates for Invisalign® clear braces. In fact, Invisalign® clear aligner therapy makes receiving orthodontic care less noticeable. If you’ve delayed treatment because of the concerns associated with metal braces, the Invisalign® system can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile discretely.
Can I Remove Invisalign® Clear Aligner Therapy To Eat And Brush My Teeth?
Yes, another significant advantage of Invisalign® aligners is that they are easily removable. You don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods and drinks while you undergo treatment; you can enjoy eating and drinking as you normally would.
Also, it’s easy to maintain oral hygiene while undergoing treatment with Invisalign® clear aligner therapy. Traditional metal braces may present certain obstacles to proper dental maintenance, but removable Invisalign® aligners enable you to brush and floss your teeth without less difficulty.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Each Invisalign® clear retainer is worn for seven to fourteen days, and approximately 18 to 30 aligners are necessary to achieve the desired results. The average therapy lasts six to nine months, but some rare cases can take as long as two years or as short as three months. To get a realistic and more accurate estimate for your treatment, you’ll need to have an assessment done.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign® Treatment?
Yes, insurance plans that cover orthodontic treatment do not make any distinctions between Invisalign® clear braces and traditional metal braces. Our staff will help you determine the amount of coverage that is available to you. We also offer several convenient payment plans.
What Are the Invisalign® Aligners Like?
Invisalign® aligners are removable, custom-made transparent braces designed to straighten your teeth. They offer a cosmetically-geared alternative to conventional braces and eliminate the need for cosmetic surgery teeth straightening. These aligners are highly effective and control tooth movements with utter precision.
Patients must wear them for 22 hours a day and change aligner trays every two weeks. Treatment may last between three months to a year or more, and this determines the overall Invisalign® payment plan.
What Are the Invisalign® Clear Aligners Made Of?
Invisalign® clear aligners consist of proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material. A product of 8 years of comprehensive research, SmartTrack® is a highly flexible thermoplastic material that offers gentle, constant force and a precise fit to improve tracking of tooth movements. This material is BPA-free and satisfies all FDA requirements.
What Is the Minimum Age for a Patient to Use Invisalign®?
Invisalign® doesn’t have a minimum age — most patients who qualify for traditional metal braces can use these aligners effectively to achieve desirable results. For more information, visit our orthodontics office in Edmonton or consult our downtown Calgary Invisalign® dentist.
How Do I Learn More About Invisalign® Clear Braces?
If you or a loved one is interested in receiving treatment with Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, we invite you to schedule a consultation at a Dental Choice office in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta, to speak with one of our General Dentists.