How Does Invisalign Work?

Do you have teeth alignment issues? Sullivan Bastian Orthodontics can offer you a range of dental solutions to help straighten your teeth, thus offering you a great smile in the end. Among the solutions we offer is Invisalign treatment, an alternative solution to dental braces. Below is a look at some of the commonly asked questions about the Invisalign treatment to help you understand it more, and decide if it is right for you.

What is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment is an orthodontic alignment treatment that helps to straighten misaligned teeth. It makes use of Invisalign aligners to shift the teeth into their correct position, as opposed to the metal or ceramic brackets used in dental braces. 

The aligners are custom-made using a clear, barely visible plastic material, which offers a discreet solution for straightening the teeth. They are also removable, unlike dental braces, but require to be worn for about 20-22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective.


Who Can Get Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is an ideal solution for anyone suffering from misaligned teeth. It is a popular solution with adults looking to straighten their teeth without the cosmetic flaws of dental braces (the unsightly and noticeable metal brackets and archwires). It can also be an ideal solution for teens. However, Invisalign is not usually recommended for kids as the aligners are removable; it would be hard to tell if a child is wearing the aligners enough.

How Will the Invisalign Aligners Affect Me?
Invisalign aligners, like other dental appliances, can temporarily affect your oral functions (in this case speech) due to the foreign feeling. However, once you get used to them, you will be able to talk properly without any problems. Other oral functions such as eating are not affected, as you can remove the aligners when necessary. Lastly, since the aligners are clear, they will be barely noticeable to other people. Therefore, you do not have to worry about them affecting your social interactions with others.

How Much Does Invisalign Treatment Cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from one patient to another, depending on the complexity of the teeth alignment issues. However, the treatment is more expensive compared to dental braces (particularly the traditional braces) as it is considered to be more of a cosmetic dental solution. However, the several benefits of the treatment, including faster treatment times, can be worth the extra cost.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
The Invisalign treatment length will vary depending on the seriousness of the tooth alignment issues. The treatment is, however, faster compared to dental braces, and desirable results could be realized within 12 and 18 months, or even sooner for less serious conditions.

What Results Can I Expect After the Treatment?
Following the completion of the Invisalign treatment, you can expect straight teeth, which will greatly improve your appearance. This will help to restore your natural smile and boost your self-confidence.

Do you have more questions about the Invisalign treatment? Our orthodontic specialists at Sullivan Bastian Orthodontics can offer you all the answers you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment.