Guide to Getting Started with Invisalign

Guide to Getting Started with Invisalign

If you are ready to start your journey to a straighter, healthier smile, Invisalign is a great option! Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth effectively and discreetly.
At Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics, we provide Invisalign treatment to our McMurray patients and those in the surrounding area to help them get the smile of their dreams! While you may be interested in Invisalign treatment, you may be wondering how to get started. Our team has put together a comprehensive guide to help you begin your Invisalign journey.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear tray aligners to correct your smile. These aligners are made from Invisalign’s own blend of plastic, and they are custom manufactured in Invisalign’s facilities based on molds of your mouth taken at your orthodontist.
These aligners are made of one solid piece of plastic that, when worn, puts gentle pressure on specific parts of your teeth, gradually moving them into an ideal position. The Invisalign treatment system uses a series of aligner trays that you will replace with new ones every one or two weeks. The fit of each replacement aligner tray will feel different since it is designed to continue to shift and move your teeth into the desired position.
You will be required to wear the Invisalign trays for most of the day, 20-22 hours for the best results. Your aligners can be removed for brushing, flossing, eating, playing sports, or for special occasions.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Your Teeth?

If you have more severe alignment issues, naturally, you can expect your treatment time to be longer than someone who has less severe issues. For a mild case, a crowding, you can expect to complete treatment in as little as six months. More severe issues may require removing teeth or utilizing headgear for proper treatment.
For those will small gaps in their teeth, Invisalign can take around eight weeks to fix the issue. You will need to get a retainer after completing treatment to keep your gap closed.
Invisalign, in some cases, takes longer to show results in teenagers, likely due to them not wearing the aligners long enough each day. Invisalign for Teens works best because they feature compliance indicators on the aligners. These are colored dots that will fade over time to show whether the teen has worn the aligners according to the plan.
Everyone’s mouth is unique, resulting in varying treatment times from person to person. Some people’s teeth might move more easily than others, so it is difficult to determine how easily your mouth will change until you begin your Invisalign treatment.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

When it comes to the cost of Invisalign, there are a variety of factors that can affect the amount you could pay for your Invisalign treatment, such as:
  • Your oral health needs.
  • The extent of the work you need done.
  • The location and average prices in the city where you are receiving treatment.
  • Your dentist’s time for labor.
  • The amount your insurance plan will help cover.
According to the Invisalign website, their treatment costs roughly $3,000–$7,000. Invisalign’s website also states that patients may qualify for up to $3,000 in assistance from their insurance company. Prices for treatment are determined by your individual case.

Do I Qualify for Invisalign?

Older teenagers and adults tend to be great candidates for Invisalign, whereas younger teens and children do not since their teeth are still growing. Determining if Invisalign is right for you will also rely on how severe your dental issues are. Invisalign is great for treating crossbites, gapped teeth, overbites, and crowding issues. If you, for example, have a larger overbite, this will require more advanced treatments to move your jaw.
The best way to find out if you qualify for Invisalign is to make an appointment for a consultation with an orthodontist who is experienced in providing Invisalign. Your local orthodontist at Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics has extensive experience in providing treatment with Invisalign. At this appointment, your orthodontist will evaluate your dental issues and ask you some screening questions to determine your eligibility for Invisalign such as:
  • What is your reason for getting Invisalign?
  • What are your specific problems? Tooth crowding? A bad bite? Spaces or gaps between your teeth?
  • Have you ever had braces or other teeth straighteners before?
  • Are you able to wear your aligners for the necessary amount of time every day?
Think of your answer ahead of your appointment, and be sure to answer all questions honestly to ensure Invisalign is a great match for you.

How Can I get Invisalign?

To get started with Invisalign, you will need to start by having a consultation with your orthodontist at Severn Dentistry & Orthodontics. We will examine your smile, overall oral health, and take impressions of your mouth. We will send these impressions to Invisalign, where they will manufacture your aligners based on the impressions for a custom fit. We will work with you to create a treatment and serve as your partner throughout the entire process to ensure you get the results you want.
When searching for a local orthodontist, be sure to choose Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics for high quality, comprehensive care! Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started on your journey to a beautiful smile.
Dr. Chris Severns
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