Invisalign® FAQ

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Is your child or teen interested in getting Invisalign®? If so, you may have some questions. Our pediatric dentists provide orthodontic treatments like Invisalgin® to help children and teenagers straighten their teeth and achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles. If you have more questions, call Children’s Dentistry at 801-295-8322 to learn more about our orthodontics in Centerville, Utah, or to schedule a consultation with our experienced pediatric dentists.

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What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that straightens and aligns teeth into place without the use of traditional metal braces. The treatment involves a series of personalized transparent aligners that fit over your teeth and gently pull them into the correct position over a period of time. With Invisalign®, your teeth can be beautiful, as well as comfortably and precisely aligned in half the amount of time than traditional braces.

If you have crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth and prefer discreet braces as a corrective option, your Centerville orthodontist or dentist will need to consult with you to provide the best solution. 

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® is a type of aligner that uses clear trays to realign your teeth over time. The trays are made of a BPA-free, flexible plastic that was created solely for Invisalign treatment. The trays are custom-made and fit on the teeth tightly, but comfortably; they are nearly invisible to others. Invisalign® is most often used for adults and teenagers. 

Your doctor will develop a digital treatment plan that is unique to you. This digital plan accurately maps the movements of your teeth over time. Based on your plan and smile, your Invisalign® clear aligners will be designed to apply the correct amount of force at the right places and times. Your doctor will be there with you on your smile journey to monitor your progress and make sure your aligners fit properly.

How Often Must Invisalign® Be Worn Throughout the Day?

The trays are worn between 20 to 22 hours per day and can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. It is vital you wear your aligners for as much of the day as you can in order for your results to be timely. 

How Often Will I Visit My Doctor During Treatment?

Throughout your treatment, you can expect to be fitted around every 6 weeks for your series of trays. These aligners will be swapped out every 1 to 2 weeks in order to align your teeth over the period of treatment time required. 

Invisalign® can be removed for teeth brushing, flossing, and eating and you’ll receive a new aligner every few weeks to continue moving your teeth into the desired position. 

 What is Invisalign® Made From?

Invisalign® clear aligners are made from a BPA-free, flexible patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. This material was created solely for Invisalign treatment. This material provides much more comfort than traditional metal braces.  The trays are made of a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. This material was created solely for Invisalign treatment.

 How Long Does Invisalign® Take To Work?

Invisalign® takes on average 12 to 18 months. On occasions, results can be seen as quickly as 6 months. It may take more or less time depending on your unique situation because every smile is different. 

 What Can Affect Invisalign® Treatment Time?

In certain cases, it can take as little as 6 months for patients to complete their Invisalign® treatment. Typically, a patient can expect their treatment to take between 12 and 18 months. If your case is more complicated or if you don’t follow your treatment plan correctly, it can take up to 2 years or more to complete your Invisalign® plan. Here are a few different factors that may increase your treatment time:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowding
  • Gap
  • Your Age 
  • Your compliance with your treatment plan

Benefits of Invisalign®

Removable aligners such as Invisalign® are more comfortable and esthetic than traditional braces. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Improved dental hygiene
  • Fixes dental issues
  • Prevents other dental issues
  • Non-invasive dental scanning
  • Boosts confidence 
  • Minimizes dental visits
  • Drink and eat any food
  • Short treatment time

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign®?

Good candidates for Invisalign® are those who do not have severe dental issues and are disciplined in wearing the aligners throughout the treatment period. Invisalign® is most often recommended for older teenagers and adults, however, with Invisalign First®, children can also now benefit from these revolutionary aligners.

What are the Alternatives to Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is the most preferred option to straighten your teeth without the discomfort of traditional metal braces. However, if your case is too complicated or  if switching and changing plastic trays doesn’t work for you, then your Centerville dentist or orthodontist will recommend the following alternatives depending on your unique situation:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual Braces
  • Self-ligating braces

Is Invisalign® Painful?

The Invisalign® procedure is not painful but it can leave your teeth feeling slightly uncomfortable as they move into the desired position upon applying your new trays. 

What is the Cost of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® treatments typically cost between $3,000 to $7,000. These prices depend on your unique case. Your dentist or orthodontist at our Centerville dental practice will advise on cost when you schedule a consultation with us.

Start Your Smile Journey with Invisalign® in Centerville Today

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign®, schedule a consultation today or give us a call. Our experienced and compassionate staff will be delighted to assist you.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about your child’s first visit or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nelson, Dr. White, or Dr. Hiné.