Invisalign – cost, reviews, before & after photos, comparison to braces
All about Invisalign
Invisalign is a virtually invisible, totally removable, exceptionally comfortable clear plastic “aligner” that gradually straightens your teeth without any of the metal, wires, and rubber bands that once were the industry standard. With Invisalign®, you can confidently flash your biggest and brightest smile, and no one will know you’re wearing anything at all on your teeth! Teeth straightening with Invisalign means both adults and teens can comfortably achieve a perfect smile, and no one will be the wiser at work or at school that your teeth are becoming straighter every day.
Most importantly, Invisalign lets you live your life the way you want to – eat what you want, drink what you want, remove the Invisalign retainer at any time, brush and floss normally, all without having to worry about painful mouth and gum irritation. The Invisalign treatment is comprised of a series of clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually shift and correct any misalignments.
Invisalign is used to treat common types of teeth misalignment such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth, including front-tooth gaps
- Deep bite: an extreme overbite
- Open bite: both upper and lower front teeth protrude outward and do not touch
- Crossbite: an underbite in which upper teeth rest inside your lower teeth when you bite
- Edge to Edge bite
- Excessive overjet
Invisalign not only improves the appearance of your smile, but also improves your overall dental health and proactively helps you avoid future periodontal problems such as gum disease. Watch the video below to see how Invisalign works and learn more about how crooked teeth can make your mouth unhealthy:
“Crooked or misaligned teeth, also known as malocclusion, affects 74% of American adults. Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amount of stress on teeth and jaws. The effects of crooked teeth can worsen over time and may adversely affect your overall health.”
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, or to discuss other treatment options for achieving the glorious smile you dream of, come in to see friendly Long Island cosmetic dentists – Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are certified providers of Invisalign – including Invisalign Teen & Invisalign Express.
How much does Invisalign cost?
“How much is Invisalign?” is one of the first questions patients who are interested in clear aligners ask. The average cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of traditional metal braces, but Invisalign prices vary “on a case-by-case basis,” as the Colgate Oral Care Center tells us, “depending on your individual needs. Factors that come into play are the extent of the alignment your teeth require and how many aligners you need throughout the treatment. Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would regular braces.”
Are cheap Invisalign alternatives available? Unfortunately, if you’re looking for clear aligners that don’t require ugly and painful metal braces, the answer is “no.” As California dentist Bruce Stephenson reminds patients, “Keep in mind that Invisalign is a brand-name category of “clear braces,” so it tends to be more expensive than some other options for straightening teeth without metal braces. For many cases, however, it is worth the extra cost because of faster results and more predictability.”
Many dental insurance plans cover a significant portion of the cost of Invisalign, just as they would with metal braces. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point provides several financing options for Invisalign treatments, including low monthly payment plans. Invisalign may also qualify as a medical expense covered by Flexible Spending Account pretax dollars. Remember that Invisalign prices vary depending on duration of wear and other factors. We can help you reach out to your insurer to determine whether any part of your Invisalign treatment may be covered.
To calculate an approximate total out-of-pocket cost of Invisalign, check out the Invisalign Cost Calculator, which takes into account variables such as length of treatment, insurance, flexible spending accounts, down payment and interest: http://www.invisalign.com/cost.
Invisalign before and after photos
Millions of people around the world have been thrilled and satisfied with their Invisalign results. Check out some great images of Invisalign in action from Anna Monette Roberts, who reports, “I’m only a month into my Invisalign program — and am really happy with the results so far!”
See here for a great selection of Invisalign before and after pictures from patients who beautifully fixed tricky dental problems such as spacing issues, tooth crowding, narrow arches, overbite and more: http://www.luvmysmile.com/invisalign/invisalign-pictures.
Want to see more evidence of the profound Invisalign results achieved by real patients? Check out the amazing Invisalign before and after photos of a “26-year old female [who] believed there wasn’t enough room within her jaw for all of her teeth to fit normally. Her doctor told her that when left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, and increase in the chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.”
To see more Invisalign success stories for both adults and teens, visit the Invisalign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/invisalign.
Invisalign vs braces
Does Invisalign work better than braces? Which is best for teeth straightening? As Dentistry for Madison tells us, “with simple to moderately severe cases, Invisalign and metal braces can be equally as effectively.” However, Invisalign offers several significant advantages over traditional metal braces, including:
- Removeable for 2 hours every day
- Food doesn’t get caught
- Easy to brush and clean your teeth
- No limits on eating or drinking
- No pain or sores from metal brackets and wires
In some severe or complex cases, metal braces may be more effective at providing a solution. Traditional dental braces involve metal brackets strung along metal wires which are attached permanently to the face of the teeth. As Dentistry IQ tells us here, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/11/are-braces-better-than-invisalign.html, “Unlike an Invisalign treatment which is extremely useful for esthetic purposes and simple dental issues, braces are functional and work efficiently for fixing complex tooth issues.”
Some of the negative aspects of metal braces include:
- Sores, pain and discomfort from metal brackets and wires
- Difficulty eating / food restrictions
- Discolored teeth
- Conspicuous “metal mouth” look
- Makes patients self-conscious in social situations
- Bad breath
- Plaque buildup
- Tooth breakage or chipping
- Difficulty cleaning teeth and flossing
- Makes kissing problematic
In the end, when comparing braces vs Invisalign, you must take into account that with freedom to remove Invisalign comes great responsibility – to remember to put your clear aligners back in! As The Happy Tooth points out, “Invisalign’s success depends almost entirely on the beholder. If you don’t wear them, they won’t work. With braces, you don’t have any choice in the matter!” See http://happytoothnc.com/braces-vs-invisalign.
How long does Invisalign take?
The amount of time it will take for Invisalign to fix your smile depends on the extent of the problem being fixed and how many sets of aligners you need to wear. Generally speaking, each set of Invisalign aligners are worn for two weeks each, with a visit to our Rocky Point, LI office for a checkup approximately every 4-6 weeks. Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours of every day to be effective, though you have the freedom to remove them for special occasions – a freedom not afforded to you with metal braces!
The website Animated-teeth.com reports that, “For the most part, an Invisalign® case will generally take about the same amount of time as when conventional braces (brackets and wires) are used. Some published reports suggest that the time needed may be less. On average, cases are completed in about 12 months.” For more information on the Invisalign treatment time frame, see here: http://www.animated-teeth.com/dental-braces/a3-invisalign-dental-braces.htm.
Traditional metal braces can hold some teenagers back from enjoying this precious time in their lives to the fullest, whether it’s playing sports, playing a musical instrument, dating, feeling confident in class or just hanging out with friends. But with Invisalign Teen from Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, you can get the perfect smile you want without having to sacrifice any part of your life. With these invisible retainers, you can truly go incognito–even your closest friends may not have a clue that you’re wearing Invisalign Teen’s clear plastic aligners.
Eat and drink whatever you want – unlike your friends with metal braces who have an endless list of foods they have to avoid, like popcorn, chewing gum, caramel, apples, hard foods, and even bread!
“The technology for Invisalign Teen is really cool… It’s really simple, just pop it in, it fits to your teeth. I’m really surprised how comfortable they are,” says Amanda, who just switched over to Invisalign Teen from traditional braces. “It’s a lot thinner than I expected and pretty smooth, you don’t really feel anything cutting at you, so that is a plus from the switch from braces.”
“…Before I was always self-conscious about laughing or smiling because I’m like ‘oh my god, they’re just staring at my braces.’ It was really great to not have that feeling, and I just felt … free!”
To hear more teenagers talk about their real-life experiences with Invisalign Teen, go to: http://www.invisalign.com/braces-for-adults-and-teens/teens.
Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Nick & Dr. Elliot offer patients who have minor tooth crowding issues or other simple alignment problems the option of choosing Invisalign Express. This “affordable, five-stage treatment for straightening teeth” fixes crooked teeth in three months or less using a smaller set of clear plastic aligners than the average Invisalign patient. To learn more about Invisalign Express, see here: http://www.invisalign.com/news-and-events/2012/invisalign-express.
Invisalign Express is best used for:
- Minor front teeth alignment problems
- Correcting a small relapse from previous orthodontic work
- Making minor adjustments in preparation for other cosmetic dentistry procedures
Invisalign attachments and buttons: what are they for?
Invisalign buttons and attachments may be used in some cases to give your aligners a better grip your teeth, affording a more precise shaping of your smile. Invisalign attachments are “small tooth-colored dots of dental bonding (white filling material) that are placed at specific locations on specific teeth, usually placed at about the middle of the tooth.” See here for more information about Invisalign rubberbands, buttons and attachments: http://www.animated-teeth.com/dental-braces/a-invisalign-attachments.htm.
Invisalign buttons are “small plastic or metal brackets that serve as anchor points for elastic bands.” According to a blogger who has used Invisalign for over 2 years, Invisalign buttons are “used to anchor down elastics for more challenging tooth movements, kind of like elastics are used with traditional braces.” The Invisalign blogger goes on to report, “Depending on where they’re placed on your teeth, they can be visible from up close when your aligners are in. If your teeth are fairly white, they’ll hardly be noticeable when your aligners are out.”
Invisalign Diet: Will I lose weight?
Would you ever think that clear removable aligners, meant to straighten teeth, could actually help you shed some unwanted pounds? Everyone seems to be talking about the Invisalign Diet these days, despite the fact that there are no strict rules regarding off-limit foods. However, since the invisible aligners have to be worn 22 hours each day, wearing them inevitably changes your eating habits. Since you can’t eat with them in, and must remove the aligners every time you snack, drink or brush your teeth, Invisalign wearers are invariably inclined to snack less for the sheer sake of convenience.
“While your aligners are in the only thing that should pass your lips is air and water,” shares blogger Heather Nolan. ” You take the trays out when you eat, but before putting them in there is a lot of brushing/flossing/rinsing involved… random snacking is no longer going to be an option – thus the Invisalign Diet.” Learn more about her Invisalign experience here: http://mmmisformommy.com/2014/03/the-invisalign-diet.html.
Since Invisalign is steadily shifting the position of your teeth, there will inevitably be some level of discomfort during some phases of treatment. Studies have shown, however, that the majority of Invisalign users report only mild discomfort, with one-third reporting no significant pain or irritation at all.
“The pain that most patients experience while undergoing Invisalign® tends to be at the beginning of the treatment process with the first aligner and the first few days when a new aligner arrives,” says Philadelphia dentist Dr. Kellyn W. Hodges. “Thankfully the soreness and discomfort from Invisalign® is rather manageable. This will depend on the degree of malocclusion a patient suffers from, of course. Most patients simply find the discomfort a nuisance, and it can make eating certain foods more difficult given how tender the teeth and gums feel.”
Invisalign user Sarah reveals on her S&S Blog that, “The aligners hurt most (if at all) during the first couple days of a new cycle. Having worn Invisalign through 15 aligner cycles, I can say that the pain is about what I expected, and most of the time even less. In 15 cycles I’ve had to pop Advil maybe twice, three times at the most. I find I actually like a little soreness. Sore teeth tell me that my aligners are working when the visual evidence is often frustratingly incremental.”
“I really only had pain the first couple of days,” concurs Invisalign user Haley on her Housegirl blog. “I could distinctly tell which teeth were moving from where the pain was. This was only for the first 2 or 3 days. After that everything got much better.”
Invisalign reviews are almost unilaterally positive when patients choose a certified Invisalign provider that they trust. “I find it crazy that some people still use metal braces,” says one satisfied customer. “My teeth were extremely crowded on the bottom and the top had spaced. After 15 months of Invisalign, my teeth are just about perfect. I am extremely happy with the results and I recommend it to everyone. NO one even knew I was using the product.” See this and other Invisalign reviews here: http://www.bracesinfo.com/reviews/invisalign.
Brooklyn, NY blogger Amy Oztan points out that only certified Invisalign providers with years of experience getting great results for their patients should be entrusted with this treatment. Dr. Nick & Dr. Elliot at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry agree – there is no substitute for a long and successful track record of satisfied patients when it comes to implementing Invisalign.
“My doctor spent a lot of time talking to me about was how much of the end result was in my control,” Amy says. “In fact, he warned me that if I didn’t wear my Invisalign at least 22 hours every single day, he would probably have to switch me over to regular braces for the last part of the treatment. Not because braces work better than Invisalign, but because you can’t take braces out of your mouth whenever you need to.”
On the RealSelf website, one recent Invisalign review states that, “I’m up to tray four now and the pain hasn’t been bad AT ALL. I just can’t wait to continue this journey and have my teeth be beautiful! My boyfriend says he’s already noticing a difference in my teeth which makes me really happy. As for kissing that hasn’t been a problem at all- he says he doesn’t even notice them/doesn’t care even if he did. i am SO GLAD I did it!”
Read over 1,500 reviews of Invisalign, including cost and before and after photos, submitted by members of the RealSelf community: http://www.realself.com/Invisalign/reviews.
Invisalign tips from cosmetic dentists
From Shape magazine, here are some top Invisalign tips that Dr. Nick & Dr. Elliot recommend:
- Yes, you actually have to wear them.
- Your travel toothbrush will become your best friend.
- You might (accidentally) lose weight.
- It’s virtually painless.
- It could take longer than you think.
- It’s 100 percent worth it.
See what else Shape magazine has to say about Invisalign results here: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/10-invisalign-truths-know-you-try.
Using Invisalign technology, a 3-D digital image of your teeth is created. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick will use the digital images to map out exactly how the appliances will gradually move your teeth into the straightest position. Using the digital imaging and the treatment regimen that has been designed for your unique needs, we will create a series of clear, smooth plastic aligners which fit over your teeth as they move over time into the proper position. As your teeth are gradually straightened, the custom aligners are modified and replaced every two weeks with a new aligner that continues the teeth straightening process.
By the time your treatment is over, your teeth will have comfortably shifted into the perfect smile you’ve always wanted! Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at (631) 744-5700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick at our conveniently located Rocky Point, LI office to learn more about Invisalign. Ask us also about Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you deserve!
Additional Invisalign Resources:
- Colgate Oral Care Center, Why Do Invisalign Braces Cost? Are They Worth It? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/article/sw-281474979043124
- Health, 11 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Invisalign, http://news.health.com/2015/02/13/11-things-i-wish-id-known-before-i-got-invisalign/
- Dentistry for Madison, Does Invisalign Work Better Than Braces? http://www.dentistryformadison.com/blog/2014/10/20/does-invisalign-work-better-than-150262
- Another Invisalign Blogger, https://anotherinvisalignblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/pros-and-cons-of-invisalign-revised-after-2-years-of-wearing-aligners/
- Orthodontic Care, Invisalign: 5 Tips for Reducing Pain and Discomfort, http://www.hodgesortho.com/blog/2014/07/10/invisalign-5-tips-for-reducing-146482
- S&S Blog, Living with Invisalign: Oh the Discomfort! http://arwz.com/ssblog/2011/12/29/living-with-invisalign-oh-the-discomfort/comment-page-1/
- Housegirl Haley, My Invisalign Experience Part 2: Getting My Aligners, https://housegirlhaley.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/my-invisalign-experience-part-2-getting-my-aligners/
- Selfish Mom, What About all Those Negative Invisalign Reviews, http://selfishmom.com/2014/04/08/negative-invisalign-reviews/
- RealSelf, Invisalign Totally Worth It! Don’t Be Scared! http://www.realself.com/review/lansdale-pa-invisalign-totally-worth-scared
Related Invisalign Articles:
- RealSelf, 18 Things I Wish I knew Before Invisalign, http://www.realself.com/forum/18-knew-before-invisalign
- Savoring the Thyme, Useful Advice & Tips For Using Invisalign Tooth Straightening System, http://www.savoringthethyme.com/2014/02/useful-advice-tips-for-using-invisalign-tooth-straightening-syste/
- Bethesda Dental, 6 Tips to Optimize Your Invisalign Treatment, http://www.bethesdadentalspecialties.com/invisalign/6-tips-to-optimize-your-invisalign-treatment-2/
- My Boju Life, All About Invisalign, http://mybojulife.blogspot.com/2012/06/all-about-invisalign.html
- Wikipedia, Clear Aligners, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_aligners
- Twitter, @invisalign, https://twitter.com/Invisalign
- Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog, When Clear Braces Are Better Than Invisalign, http://www.gregjorgensen.com/blog/2012/11/when-clear-braces-are-better-than-invisalign/