An Introduction to Invisalign
If you are interested in having straighter teeth, you might be wondering whether or not to invest in Apex NC Invisalign or braces. Many adults feel that traditional metal braces are not attractive and are better suited to younger people. Invisalign, on the other hand, straightens teeth but without the visual disadvantage of braces. At Alliance Dentistry, we offer Invisalign in Apex NC and can provide you with more information during an office visit.
How Apex NC Invisalign Works
When you decide to go with Invisalign for straighter teeth, the first step will be to find an Invisalign specialist. An Alliance Dentistry dentist or orthodontist offers this dental solution. Our trained staff will create a custom set of molded, plastic aligners for you. These are clear, not colored, which makes them virtually invisible. Over time, they will gradually straighten your teeth. As your teeth move, we will refit you with new aligners. This may occur every two-to-three weeks. Most patients will fully complete the treatment after 9-15 months.
The Difference Between Invisalign and Braces
There are a few major differences between Invisalign and braces; they are:
- Invisalign is invisible to a casual observer.
- The aligners can be removed to eat.
- There is little to no pain or discomfort.
- Mouth lesions are very rare, unlike metal braces.
- It takes less time to straighten teeth with Invisalign.
It is very easy to get started with Invisalign. First you will need to determine whether or not you are a candidate. A consultation with a specialist from Alliance Dentistry can tell you if it will be a solution for your needs. Next, you will be fitted with your aligners. After this, it will be up to you to wear them all day and night, or around 22 hours a day.
After a Full Treatment of Invisalign
Once you have completed your Apex NC Invisalign treatment, you may need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile. This is dependent on your condition and can be discussed with your Invisalign provider.
Invisalign for Teenagers and Children
Invisalign is best suited to patients who have their adult teeth. A new, modified version of the original Invisalign product, called Invisalign Teen, is available for adolescents. It allows for a “teenage years” kind of lifestyle and includes replacement aligners just in case any break or become lost.
Chewing Gum or Sticky Candies with Invisalign
If you have a habit of chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky candies throughout the day, you will have to break this habit while wearing your Invisalign aligners. These types of food can stick to your aligners cause minor problems. In some cases it could damage them, so it is better to avoid these destructive foods.
The Cost of Invisalign
If you’re interested in Apex NC Invisalign you might be wondering about the cost. It will depend on the severity of your teeth alignment, the length of time you need to wear the aligners, and other factors. For a patient with minimal alignment defects and healthy oral hygiene, the cost can be around $5,000-$8,000 though the price can be as low as $2,000.
Many insurance companies will cover all or some of the cost of Invisalign Apex NC treatment. Financing might also be available. In addition, Invisalign is eligible for Flexible Spending Account deduction, an option that might be available through your employer.
Before thinking about the cost, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with an Invisalign dentist like Alliance Dentistry. We are happy to discuss your needs and options for a straight, beautiful smile. Call us at 919-363-3100 today to find out more about how Apex NC Invisalign might work for you.