February 15th, 2019
Does Invisalign Work?
One of the most common comments we hear is “But Invisalign can’t do that, can it?” Well, gone are the days of headgears, long appointments, and frequent visits. While braces are still the treatment of choice for most orthodontists, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to correct a variety of orthodontic problems, from mild to even severe cases, when properly diagnosed by an orthodontic specialist
How Does Invisalign Work?
Teeth, believe it or not, do not know the difference between metal or plastic. If we apply a force to a tooth, it will move. It’s as simple as that. And thanks to 20 years of research and testing Align, Inc., Invisalign now allows orthodontist to deliver the appropriate amount of force in such a way that we can treat adolescents, teens, and adults with Invisalign and achieve the same results in less time, less discomfort, and with fewer visits.
When Invisalign was first introduced in 1997, the plastic was more rigid and, like all new technology (think of your first cell phone), there was much to be desired. Today, however, the clear aligners apply the appropriate amount of force to each tooth resulting in efficient movements with minimal discomfort.
Will I need goopy impressions?
Absolutely not. Gone are the days of taking multiple impressions thanks to the iTero Element intraoral scanner. The digital scanner captures 6000 frames per second while creating a 3D model in real time. From there, the aligners are fabricated on digital models with customized tooth movements with greater accuracy.
What about elastics/rubber bands?
Elastics can be worn with aligners just as they are with braces to facilitate bite correction. They are prescribed the same as with braces and attach to either hooks, buttons, or cutouts on the aligners.
What are the benefits/advantages of Invisalign?
- Less discomfort
- Few visits
- They can be removed to brush and floss
- They are removed when eating, so no restrtictions on what can be eaten during treatment.
- No loose brackets or poking wires
- Aligners are virtually invisible, so no self-consciousness
How much does is cost?
Your orthodontic treatment will be customized to provide you with the best results possible. Despite the means by which you achieve your beautiful, healthy smile. This is why at LaHaye Ortho, Invisalign treatment will cost roughly the same as braces or other treatments. After all, it’s the results that matter. A variety of factors, such as complexity of treatment, duration of treatment, and specific treatment details, can affect your total investment. But we strive to make Invisalign affordable to everyone. You can get a beautiful, healthy smile for as low as your monthly cell phone bill.