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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/invisalign-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.
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