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When most people think of orthodontic treatment they think of metal braces. Today, Invisalign® orthodontic treatment offers a discreet and comfortable way to straighten your teeth for a more beautiful smile.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
One reason that Invisalign is so popular is that it is convenient and simple. You wear a series of clear aligner trays over your teeth except when eating, brushing, and flossing. The trays, which are similar to those used during teeth whitening procedures, exert gentle pressure on the teeth so that they gradually move into the correct position. In most cases, the dentist will have you move to the next aligner in the series every two weeks. The trays are virtually invisible, so no one has to know about your orthodontic treatment unless you choose to tell them. For more information about Invisalign in Chesapeake, contact us today.
Is Invisalign Treatment Affordable?
The extent and complexity of your orthodontic issues ultimately determine your Invisalign cost. Once you and your dentist have agreed on a treatment plan, we can discuss your exact Invisalign cost. In most cases, however, patients find that their Invisalign cost is similar to the cost of traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans offer coverage for Invisalign. Our staff or your insurance carrier can help you determine the extent of any Invisalign insurance coverage that you may have. We also offer budget-friendly financing options to help with any out-of-pocket expenses not covered by your insurance.
How Long Will I Have to Wear My Invisalign Aligners?
The length of your treatment depends on the extent of your orthodontic issues. In most cases, treatment can take anywhere from 10 months to two years. Most adult patients wear their aligners for about a year. Treatment times are more variable with teenage patients. To ensure that your teeth remain in the proper position following your treatment, the dentist may ask you to wear Invisalign retainers that prevent the teeth from shifting.
What Are Invisalign Dentists?
Invisalign dentists are licensed general dentists or orthodontists who have completed specialized training in the use of orthodontic aligner trays. Our Invisalign dentists in Chesapeake have extensive experience with this type of treatment and will devise a treatment plan that will help you achieve your desired results in the shortest time possible.
A Comparison of Invisalign vs Braces
When making the choice between aligners or traditional braces, it is important to consider which treatment will be the most effective for your particular orthodontic issues. Invisalign aligners are suitable for correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including gaps, misalignment, malocclusions, and crowded teeth. Unlike braces, you can remove the aligner while you brush and floss, which reduces your chance of developing cavities or gum disease during treatment. Our dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and help you make the choice between Invisalign vs braces.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign in Chesapeake?
The following are just a few of the reasons why adults tend to prefer aligners to traditional braces:
- No dietary restrictions
- Fewer dental visits
- No brackets or wires to make the mouth sore
- The trays can be removed when eating, brushing, and flossing
- The treatment is discreet
Is Invisalign Right for Everyone?
If you are a teen or adult with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, aligners may be the right treatment for you. Young children and individuals with significant orthodontic problems typically achieve better results with traditional braces.
Is There Anything That I Should Avoid During Aligner Treatment?
We recommend that you avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco since they can stain the aligners. You also should not chew gum when wearing your aligners since it can stick to the plastic.
You can keep your aligners clean by brushing and rinsing them with lukewarm water or using the manufacturer-approved cleaning system available at our office.
Contact us today to find out if aligners are the right orthodontic treatment for you.