Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions – Invisalign
How do the aligners straighten teeth?
You will be supplied with a series of clear trays called aligners during your treatment. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position and gradual movements based on your custom treatment plan by the doctors. When worn, aligners will cause teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners until the desired positioning is achieved. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by the doctor.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
No metal, no wires, no brackets, no worries! Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Many people will not even notice that you’re wearing them. Invisalign offers a seamless way to correct tooth position and fits in comfortably with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. Unlike traditional braces, you have the flexibility to drink and eat whenever you wish by simply taking them out and storing for safe keeping. For the best results and staying on track with your treatment timeline, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.
How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth gradually. The more consistently you wear your aligners, the better the results. During each stage of treatment, only certain teeth are allowed to move based on computer generated mapping of the phases of tooth movement determined by Drs.Klein.
How will I know what my teeth will look like in the end?
Drs. Klein and Invisalign are partners in your care. Through advanced technology, you can view your existing smile as well and your projected teeth placement with computer generated views of your teeth. This is an exciting step on your path to the smile you need and want. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look at the completion of treatment. You’ll be able to see it for yourself!
How will the aligners affect my hygiene habits?
Actually, your teeth and gums will thank you. Because you have to remove your aligners when you eat and brush your teeth before you put them back in, your hygiene will be better than ever! You can remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Do I need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?
It is recommended that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. The type of retainer needed will be determined after active treatment.
What are "attachments"? What are they needed for?
These are tooth colored “bubbles” that are placed on the surface of your teeth and are treatment specific. Some patients will not need them while others will require them for ideal tooth positioning and movement. These “attachments” or “ridges” are used to help the aligner grip the teeth and shift them into the correct positions. These bumps, or wells, are where the aligner grips the attachment the doctor places on your teeth. The attachments are small pieces of tooth-colored material placed on the surface of your teeth that are used to grip your aligners. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. One or both of these features may be used in the process of getting your teeth to the desired position.
Are these attachments permanent?
The attachments can dislodge from time to time. That is a normal occurrence depending on the types of movement performed. At your next scheduled appointment or sooner, if determined by the doctor, you will have the needed attachment replaced.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Orthodontic treatment costs vary depending on the complexity of the treatment needed. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. Many patients pay out-of-pocket for such care. After your initial assessment, a better idea of the cost of your individualized treatment can be determined. Fees are determined based on your specific treatment needs. Invisalign may be covered partially by some dental insurance, but not all, depending on patient age and other dental insurance carrier limitations. It is important to note, dental insurance is intended to pay some but not all of the costs of your treatment. Most plans include coinsurance, copayments, deductibles and certain other fees dictated by your plan. We offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans as well.
What payment options are available for Invisalign?
Our team is here to help you find options to make your treatment affordable. Our office along with Care Credit offers flexible and affordable monthly payment plans. Specifically designed for health-care expenses, CareCredit is a third-party patient financing program that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need. Discuss your financial needs with our team to make the Invisalign process easily affordable. Ask about custom payment options for your specific situation. Invisalign may be covered partially by some dental insurance plans, but not all, depending on patient age and other dental insurance carrier limitations. It is important to note, dental insurance is intended to pay some but not all of the costs of your treatment. Most plans include coinsurance, copayments, deductibles and certain other fees dictated by your plan. We offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans to assist you with this investment.