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Invisalign 101

Breaking down the facts through invisalign Invisalign 101 makes it easier to understand this innovative method of tooth-alignment and consider whether you’re a good candidate. If you’re ready to talk about getting a straight smile, schedule your consultation with the certified Center City providers at Dentistry for Life.

Invisalign by the Numbers:

  • 12 months. Most Invisalign treatments last about a year. Some patients require longer treatment, some need less. It depends on where your teeth are positioned, where they need to move, and how well you follow the treatment plan.
  • 6 weeks. You will visit your Center City provider about every six weeks for a checkup and to collect new sets of aligners.
  • 2 weeks. Each set of aligners is worn for around two weeks.
  • 20 to 22 hours. Invisalign must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for maximum effectiveness, which means aligners are removed only for meals and cleaning, about four times a day.
  • 18 to 30 aligners. The average wearer will have 18 to 30 aligners throughout the course of their treatment.

The Cost:

  • Treatment is an investment. Invisalign, similar to conventional braces, typically costs between $3,000 and $7,000.
  • Treatment is all-inclusive. You will know the cost of your treatment up front, and it will include everything, from aligners to office visits.
  • Payment plans. Dentistry for Life offers multiple payment options, making Invisalign a realistic and affordable option for every lifestyle and budget.

Fast Facts:

  • Invisalign is practically invisible. Because the aligners are so slim and clear, they are hardly noticeable on your teeth, making this seem like a truly invisible alignment method.
  • You can get Invisalign at any age. There are no age restrictions for this treatment. Adults and seniors are viable candidates, and Invisalign Teen was designed specifically for the younger demographic.
  • Invisalign corrects multiple alignment issues. Whether your teeth are crooked or gapped, whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, this treatment can correct almost any problem that conventional metal braces corrects.
  • No food restrictions. Braces-wearers have restrictions about what they can eat. Because the aligners are removed for all meals and snacks, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want.
  • Retainers are required. No matter what kind of orthodontics you undergo, you must wear retainers at the end of treatment, even for this treatment.

Invisalign vs. Braces:

  • Minimal pain. All orthodontic methods come with some discomfort – you are, after all, moving your teeth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable and eliminate the undesirable side effects of conventional braces because there are no brackets or wires to cut and jab lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums.
  • Easy to clean. Braces-wearers must invest in special tools to clean in and around their hardware to keep their teeth and braces clean. Invisalign-wearers brush and floss as usual, making it easy to keep teeth clean and healthy. Cleaning the clear aligners just takes some quick soaking and brushing and that’s easy too.
  • When you want straight teeth but you don’t want anyone to know about your braces, Invisalign is the subtle, discreet way to align your smile. No in-your-face brackets or wires, just clear aligners.
  • Every patient is unique, but most candidates for this treatment often complete their course of orthodontics faster than treatment with traditional metal braces.

Invisalign 101 from Your Center City Provider

Ready to learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate for this alignment method? Contact Dentistry for Life in Center City to schedule your consultation with a certified provider.

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