Invisalign vs Traditional Metal Braces
You’ve probably heard of Invisalign — invisible braces have been incredibly popular recently, and Invisalign has been at the forefront of the movement. They’re a more comfortable, visually appealing, and easy alternative to braces.
Metal braces are attached to your teeth, so you have to live your life around them. Invisalign aligners can be removed and empower you to live without altering your lifestyle.
The 3-Step Invisalign Process
1. Your Consultation
The first step on your Invisalign journey is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Gorden by calling (970) 279-5647. At this appointment, Dr. Van Gorden will examine your teeth and mouth to assess your Invisalign candidacy.
We’ll take a 3D digital scan of your mouth that takes less than a minute, showing an accurate and complete image. We’ll use this information to create your treatment plan and send them to the lab to create your aligners.
2. Your First Aligners
Your first set of aligners can take a couple of weeks to be created, but when they’re ready we’ll call you back to our office. Dr. Van Gorden will go over the treatment with you and make sure your aligners fit perfectly.
When you start wearing your aligners, they may feel a little uncomfortable. This feeling should go away as you get used to wearing them, but remember — they’re moving your teeth, and that may hurt a little no matter what kind of orthodontic treatment you’re going through.
3. Wearing Your Aligners
Every two weeks, you’ll receive a new set of aligners to replace the ones you’ve been wearing as your treatment progresses. Make sure you’re wearing your aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day so your treatment stays on track.
You can remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth, but try to schedule your day so you’re wearing your aligners most of the time.
Are At-Home Aligners Safe?
At-home aligner brands have recently begun to pop-up as less expensive alternatives to dentist-provided brands, like Invisalign. They claim to be able to achieve the same results without the need for regular in-office check-ups.
The truth is, these brands may be less expensive upfront but they can cause devastating results in the long-run. While a dentist may virtually check your progress, there are many issues they aren’t able to detect through a screen.
This can result in safety measures being overlooked for the sake of convenience. Some at-home aligner patients have spent more time after their treatment to correct severe issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign will likely be a little uncomfortable, especially when you switch aligners to progress your treatment. It’s important to keep in mind that your teeth are being removed into a different position, and this is rarely comfortable.
But because the clear aligners don’t have wires or pointy areas, they won’t scratch or scrape areas of your mouth like metal braces do.
Is Invisalign covered by insurance?
Coverage for Invisalign varies depending on your insurance plan and provider. For more details about your Invisalign coverage, we recommend contacting your provider directly.
If you’re concerned about fitting Invisalign treatment into your budget, our office can help you. We accept a variety of payment options and work with CareCredit and Lending Club, two financing companies that can break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments.
How do you clean and maintain your Invisalign trays?
To clean your aligners, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste twice a day. Make sure to also thoroughly brush and floss your teeth so they don’t transfer bacteria to the trays. After you eat, it’s important for you to brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in.
You may have food debris or sticky liquid on your teeth that can transfer to the aligners, causing them to stain or become damaged. If your aligners become stained, you may be able to remove them by using special Invisalign cleaning products.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign?
It’s possible for some people to remove their metal braces and switch to Invisalign treatment. You may be a candidate depending on your treatment plan and the amount your teeth need to move.
The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation and go through an examination with a dentist. At your consultation, your Invisalign dentist will let you know if you can switch after evaluating your current progress and treatment plan.
Love Your Smile With Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign is a force that can transform your smile — comfortably and conveniently. During treatment, you don’t have to hide your smile because your aligners will hardly be noticeable.
To learn more about Invisalign treatment, contact our office by calling (970) 279-5647 or by filling out our online online contact form. We’ll be happy to discuss any questions you have about treatment or about scheduling a consultation.