Invisalign is a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces. Similar to other clear aligner brands available to dentists or orthodontists certified to offer them to their patients, Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth and smile to elicit a new, revitalized look.
What You Should Know
Your records — including impressions, photographs and radiographs, along with a prescription for your custom-made aligners — are sent by Dr. Campbell to the Invisalign laboratory, where an exact 3-D model of your teeth is created. Your treatment team then maps out a complete treatment plan showing the gradual realignment that will reposition your teeth from their current position to where your dentist wants them to be.
The “treatment set-up,” a computerized representation of your teeth before and after treatment, is available for viewing after treatment planning. Using the most up-to-date digital mapping and molding technology, custom aligners then are created with computer precision.
Who Can Benefit?
Invisalign currently is available to treat adults and teenagers. (Compare with Invisalign Teen.) Children who might not have all of their molars and senior citizens who present with more complicated dental cases also may be candidates for Invisalign, but should consult with their dentists to determine the treatment option that best suits their needs.
Invisalign can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:
- Crowded teeth
- Spacing between teeth
- Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth
How much do Invisalign aligners cost?
The cost to patients is generally comparable to other orthodontic options, ranging from around $4,000 to $6,000 USD, depending on the complexity of treatment
Does Invisalign guarantee perfect results?
Most patients do experience significant improvement in their smiles, but it’s impossible to guarantee the outcome of any orthodontic treatment. Your results may vary.
Can I pay for Invisalign aligners with an FSA or HSA?
Generally, yes. Funds from flex spending accounts and health savings accounts can be applied to orthodontic appliances like clear aligners.
Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?
To prevent relapse, we usually prescribe a retainer after any orthodontic treatment.
How long does treatment take?
This varies from patient to patient. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case.
How visible are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are completely transparent, which makes them much more discreet than metal braces. People usually don’t notice them. They’re not magic, however—you can see them at close range if you know what to look for.
Do I have to pay for everything up front?
We do offer monthly payment plans to help fit your budget in certain cases.
How often should I wear aligners?
Depending on the case, you will usually wear your aligners two to three weeks per step, at least 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and brush your teeth.
Are Invisalign aligners covered by dental insurance?
Many dental plans do include coverage for orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners. If you meet your insurance company’s eligibility requirements, they may cover a portion of the total treatment cost up to a lifetime maximum, which is typically between $1,000 to $3,000 USD. Our office manager and insurance company can provide more details.