From convenience to comfort, it can seem like there is no end to the benefits of Invisalign. If you’re considering this clear braces option, the numerous benefits can make treatment sound almost too good to be true. Whether you’re weighing Invisalign as an option for yourself or your child, here’s some answers to the top questions our orthodontist in Brickell, FL gets regarding Invisalign
1.Are clear braces just as effective as metal braces?
Whereas metal braces gradually move teeth all at once, clear aligners like Invisalign exert controlled force on certain teeth during every phase of treatment. As patients change from aligner to aligner, the position of teeth is gradually correct and reinforced to ensure teeth retain their new alignment. The result is a beautifully straightened smile.
While Invisalign is ideal for most teen and adult patients, certain conditions and causes of bite misalignment may require additional treatment. In particular, cases where severe overbite/underbite is the cause of malocclusion as well as severe tooth rotation can mean that patients need a more intensive form of braces to achieve their best smile.
2. How much will Invisalign treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on several factors, including severity of malocclusion, how many aligning trays will be needed to correct your smile, and whether there are any pre-existing dental health conditions need to be treated to name a few. On average, treatment with Invisalign can cost between $3,500 – $5,000 however the final amount can only be determined during a consultation with our Brickell orthodontist. During this visit, Dr. Grussmark can walk you through your financing options, which include CareCredit and Springstone Credit.
3. I’ve had braces before – can I still get Invisalign?
Absolutely! If you’ve experienced post-braces relapse, Invisalign is a great way to restore the alignment of your teeth without having to undergo another round of intensive metal braces. When used as a treatment for relapse, Invisalign treatment tends to take less time, making it ideal for patients who had braces as children but relapsed in adulthood. If you feel that this description fits you, call Dr. Grussmark to discuss your Invisalign options in Brickell.
4. How long does Invisalign take?
Like any other dental procedure, duration varies from patient to patient and depends on a number of factors such as condition of your smile and how many aligning trays will be needed to correct your smile. Another important factor that can determine the length of treatment is a patient’s diligence to following their treatment plan.
For Invisalign to be as successful as possible, it’s critical that patients wear their aligner trays for at least 22 hours per day for two week intervals. Ideally, the only time the trays should be out of the mouth should be when cleaning them or removing them to eat. When the two weeks are up, be sure to replace your trays with the next set – this is crucial to preventing relapse and staying on top of your schedule treatment timeline. On average, Invisalign takes about 12 months from start to finish.
5. How do I keep my smile straight after Invisalign?
Invisalign is an investment into the health and aesthetics of your smile. As a result, caring for your newly corrected alignment after completing treatment with clear braces is incredibly important. After Invisalign, our Brickell orthodontist will provide you with a retainer to be worn every day, then gradually tapered to only evenings. If you notice your teeth beginning to move out of position, contact Dr. Grussmark immediately for follow-up treatment.
At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics in Brickell, our orthodontist has treated over 20,000 cases of malocclusion and is well-regarded as an expert Invisalign dentist in greater Miami. If you’re considering Invisalign for your first experience with braces, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark today! During your visit, Dr. Stephen Grussmark will walk you through the process of orthodontics, assess your options, and help you find a clear braces solution that fits your lifestyle. Call us today!