Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The exact cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on a few factors, including the severity of your orthodontic issues. Mild problems may require fewer aligners and therefore may cost less to correct. The total cost may also be affected by whether you need any attachments to make your treatment more effective.
In general, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional braces, and insurance is often willing to help pay for either treatment. We’ll be happy to help you file insurance claims and discuss other ways to make your journey to a straighter smile as affordable as possible.
Who Can Benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign is an appropriate orthodontic treatment for most tooth alignment and bite problems. However, it is generally best for people who:
- Have the self-discipline to wear their aligners for the recommended amount of time each day.
- Are adults or teenagers whose mouths are mostly (or completely) developed.
- Value the aesthetic benefits that come with using clear braces to realign their smile.
Your dentist will talk with you in more detail about whether Invisalign is a fit for your mouth and your lifestyle. The majority of patients are good candidates for this treatment!
Will I Have to Wear a Retainer or Other Gear?
Some patients need to wear attachments with their aligners in order for their treatment to live up to its potential. These attachments are oftentimes more noticeable than the aligners themselves, but they won’t scream out for attention. You’ll still be able to enjoy the discretion that makes Invisalign the preferred choice among professionals who don’t want to be a “metal mouth.”
Once you finish your treatment with Invisalign, we’ll provide you with a retainer, which you’ll need to wear regularly. This is important because the retainer will your teeth from drifting back out of place and maintain your beautiful new smile.
What Should I Do if I Accidentally Damage an Aligner?
Accidents happen. No matter how careful you are about looking after your Invisalign trays, you may find that one of them suffers damage. Don’t wear the damaged tray; it could irritate your gums and cause you pain. Simply give our office a call, and we’ll let you know what your next steps should be.
In some cases, we may recommend that you start wearing your next aligner a bit earlier than planned. In other cases, you might have to go back to wearing a previous aligner until we can get a replacement for the one that got damaged.
What if Invisalign Causes Me Pain?
You may experience some mild soreness when you switch to a new aligner. One way to mitigate the discomfort is by switching to a new aligner at night, just before you go to bed; you’ll be able to sleep through at least part of the transition period.
If Invisalign ever causes you serious pain, it’s possible that an aligner wasn’t cut correctly. Call our office, and we’ll see what we can do about the situation so you can get back to enjoying all the benefits of this remarkable treatment.