WHAT IS INVISALIGN®?
Invisalign® can be an effective solution for minor orthodontic problems (such as crookedness, crowding, and gaps between the teeth), as well as biting irregularities (underbite, overbite, open bite, and crossbite). The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear plastic trays, or aligners, similar to teeth whitening trays. The aligners are custom-crafted by specially trained Invisalign® technicians who use advanced computer technology to map out a patient’s entire treatment from start to finish. The imaging software depicts the final position of the teeth, and each set of aligners is crafted to move the teeth closer to that position. With periodic check-ups from your cosmetic dentist, treatment progresses inconspicuously until your teeth arrive at the desired alignment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN®?
Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible – so unnoticeable that people aren’t likely to know that you are wearing them. They are also removable, so you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and brush and floss with ease. The aligners are custom-designed and they are made to fit comfortably, causing little disruption to your everyday life.
The results produced by Invisalign® become especially striking when patients undergo treatment in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, for a total smile makeover.
INVISALIGN® VS. BRACES
Traditional orthodontic treatment involves using brackets and wires to push teeth into the proper positioning. This approach often presents many inconveniences for patients, such as gum and mouth irritation, difficulty removing food stuck between brackets, and a smile obscured by metal. Developed as a more sophisticated way to straighten teeth, the Invisalign® system is designed to work as unobtrusively as possible. Use of these clear, removable aligners typically offers a number of advantages over metal braces, including:
- Less invasive treatment
- Ability to enjoy an unrestricted diet
- Ability to brush and floss without difficulty
- Faster treatment time
- Fewer office visits
Invisalign® can correct many of the issues conventionally addressed by metal braces— such as asymmetry, misalignments, and malocclusion (poor bite)— without obvious indication that you are undergoing treatment. If you are interested in achieving a straighter smile, one of our cosmetic dentists can help you determine whether Invisalign® is well-suited to meet your treatment goals during a consultation.
HOW INVISALIGN® WORKS: THE TREATMENT PROCESS
The Invisalign® process begins with a complimentary consultation in which one of our dentists will determine whether Invisalign® is an appropriate treatment for you. If it is, you will return to our office to be fitted for your first set of aligners. At this appointment, we will take pictures and molds of your teeth and mouth, which we will send to the Invisalign® laboratory. There, technicians will use the molds to plan your treatment and craft your first set of aligners, which they will send to our office. Once you pick up the aligners, simply wear them at all times, day and night, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Your next set of aligners and each successive one will be shipped directly to your residence. You will change out the aligners as they arrive. Patients typically visit our office in Morristown for checkups approximately every six weeks. Invisalign® patients who wear their aligners as directed may finish treatment in as little as 18 months.
In addition to the standard Invisalign® procedure, Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey also offers Invisalign® Lite, a new option designed to help patients whose orthodontic concerns may require less extensive treatment. Invisalign® Lite involves the use of no more than 14 aligning trays, and a single refinement is included. While this option utilizes the same teeth-straightening techniques as the full Invisalign® procedure, it costs significantly less and the total treatment time is reduced. Many of our patients have been determined eligible for Invisalign® Lite, and the treatment has helped them renew their smiles with beautiful results. One of our dentists will be happy to talk with you about your options during the initial consultation.
For our teenage patients, Invisalign® can be an ideal way to attain a straighter smile and healthier bite with minimal intrusion to one’s daily life. As these aligners are inconspicuous and removable, Invisalign® can allow teens to play sports, continue eating the foods they enjoy, and smile with more confidence when compared to metal braces. Plus, depending on the nature of your concerns, Invisalign® often achieves the desired aesthetic in a faster time period than traditional techniques.
HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN® TAKE?
The total treatment time required by Invisalign® will depend on the extent of concerns being addressed. Generally speaking, mild misalignments and minor orthodontic issues are typically corrected faster than more complex cases. Your cosmetic dentist will inform you of the estimated length of your Invisalign® treatment in person, but on average, most adult patients complete the process in 9 to 12 months. As teenagers’ teeth are often still developing, the approximate treatment time may differ in younger patients.
HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN® COST?
The national average price of Invisalign® ranges from $3,000 to $8,000, although your exact cost estimate will be calculated according to your unique orthodontic needs. Factors that can affect the cost of treatment include how many Invisalign® aligners are necessary to obtain the desired result and the complexity of your case. Once you meet with one of our cosmetic dentists, our office will be able to provide you with a personalized quote prior to the start of any dental work. In addition to accepting an array of insurance plans and payment methods, our practice also works with highly reputable dental financing companies—such as CareCredit® and Citi® Health—to accommodate our patients’ diverse needs. These programs offer many flexible payment plans with low monthly installments for qualified applicants to allow affordable treatment that can conform to your budget. If you have any other questions about the price of Invisalign® treatment, please don’t hesitate to call our practice and speak to a friendly member of our team.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON STRAIGHTENING YOUR TEETH WITHOUT TRADITIONAL BRACES, PLEASE CONTACT AESTHETIC SMILES OF NEW JERSEY.