The number of people choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces is growing more and more each year. The technology continues to improve and people are getting more comfortable with the process. Before too long we could wind up seeing an Invisalign treatment as the most common teeth straightening method on the market.
Sometimes people may think it’s too good to be true when they hear about all the benefits Invisalign braces have to offer. If you’ve followed along with our blog in the past, you probably know a little bit about the process. Whether you’re familiar with the basics of an Invisalign treatment or not, see if you can answer these 5 short FAQs about Invisalign braces in Buffalo NY.
How Much Faster Is An Invisalign Treatment Compared to Traditional Braces?
The first question on most everyone’s mind when they get braces is “how long will the process take?” Of course the answer will vary from patient to patient but on average traditional braces will require around 2 years compared to about a single year for Invisalign braces. Additionally, the recent inclusion of SmartTrack material along with weekly changes of your aligners could make your treatment up to 50% faster!
How Do We Get Impressions Of Your Teeth?
Invisalign braces are actually a set of custom fit clear plastic retainers. Thanks to the relatively new iTero scanning technology we can get a non-invasive model of your teeth that we use to build your Invisalign retainers. This means we can avoid the tray and putty impressions that patients always find rather uncomfortable. Plus, using new software we can show you a step by process of your treatment, including what your perfect smile will look like at the end!
How Much Should You Be Wearing Your Retainers Each Day?
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is the ability to remove the aligners at any time. However, sometimes patients get too cavalier exercising this freedom and wind up setting their treatment back. For an Invisalign treatment to be fully effective you should be wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day in most cases. This allows for enough time to remove your retainer during meals and for brushing/ flossing your teeth.
How Expensive Is Invisalign?
This is perhaps the most pressing question for a lot of patients (or parents of patients if you’re an Invisalign Teen). In case you missed it, this was the topic of our blog last month. To sum it up here briefly, on average you’re likely to spend around $1000 more on Invisalign compared to standard braces. Keep in mind though, an Invisalign treatment could be anywhere from 2 to 4 times shorter than a treatment with normal metal braces. It’s up to you to decide if the shorter treatment and other benefits are worth the added cost.
How Often Will You Need To Come In For Checkups?
With Invisalign the visits to your family orthodontist in WNY will be few and far between. Usually a fifteen minute checkup every 6-8 weeks is all that’s required. And on top of that, you’ll never have to worry about adjustment appointments or leaving our office with a sore mouth!