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The Truth About Invisalign

Orthodontics is an ever-advancing segment of dental care. Braces have advanced greatly in the last ten years, and there have also been developments of other kinds of orthodontic processes to help straighten teeth. One of these processes is Invisalign.

Many people are barely aware of what Invisalign is and are most familiar with braces or old-fashioned headgear. However, certain kinds of orthodontic needs are better served by treatment with Invisalign than these older treatment routes.

If you want to learn more about Invisalign, read on!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit over your teeth. You will wear a series of these aligners during the course of your treatment. The aligners will gradually move your teeth into the desired locations without the need for braces or other kinds of orthodontics intervention.

Invisalign offers a whole host of benefits for those who are eligible for this method of orthodontic treatment. Being able to avoid the discomfort of braces is a major factor for many people, and Invisalign aligners are barely visible which makes them a great choice if you don’t want anyone to be aware that you are having your teeth straightened.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours a day to work properly, and the average number of Invisalign aligner stages can be anywhere from 10-48. This might mean that your treatment could be complete in six months, but it could take as long as two years.

The length of your treatment will depend entirely on the needs that you are seeking to have met. If you only need a simple gap closed, or a small bit of tooth-straightening, your course of treatment will be far shorter than someone with more issues that need to be addressed.

Is Invisalign Right For Everyone?

Invisalign works best in teens or adults who have mild to moderate orthodontic needs which have to be addressed. Those with baby teeth are not good candidates either. The ultimate decision between traditional braces and Invisalign will often depend on a variety of factors that your orthodontist can discuss with you.

How Expensive is Invisalign?

The duration of your Invisalign treatment will have an effect on the cost of the treatment overall, but Invisalign and braces are often about the same total amount when treatment is completed. The primary benefits to Invisalign are not usually cost-specific but have more to do with the ability to brush and floss as normal while you are in the midst of your treatments, and the comfort of the aligners when compared with traditional braces.

Your orthodontist will be able to advise you about the cost of your treatment plan and help you to understand your options to do with Invisalign treatments.

Invisalign Can Help You to Smile Wider and Have More Confidence

If you are interested in starting your Invisalign journey, we at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics want to help! Call us at 435-673-3334 to schedule your first appointment and get ready to smile wider every day! Together, we’ll smile forward.

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