Invisalign is an invisible alternative to traditional braces. Since 1997, when Invisalign first appeared on the orthodontic scene, almost 2.5 million people have had their teeth straightened with Invisalign. This alternative method especially appeals to teens and adults who lead active lives and appreciate the convenience and discreet nature of clear aligners.
Invisalign has many benefits that draw clients to choose it over regular braces.
- It can treat a wide range of cases—from mildly crooked teeth to more advanced bite problems, such as malocclusion, crowding, overbites, and underbites.
- It’s less invasive than braces. The aligners are formed to the teeth and are more comfortable.
- It costs about the same as regular braces. The entire treatment program runs between $3,000 to $8,000.
- It requires less visits to the orthodontist than regular braces.
- The entire treatment program takes an average of 12 months, which is about half the time that braces require.
- It works better for people with active or public lifestyles. The aligners can be removed while eating or while engaging in certain activities.
How To Choose an Orthodontist
When you’re looking for someone who can straighten your teeth, it’s important to find a doctor who’s both skilled and trained. You only have one set of teeth and you’re entrusting them to a doctor. Look for an orthodontist. This doctor will have completed an orthodontic residency program in addition to a general dentistry degree. An orthodontist is a specialized dentist who has a more in-depth understanding of teeth and jaw alignment.
Look for an orthodontist with membership in several noteworthy organizations related to his expertise. You want to know that other people have endorsed his work. For instance, he could be a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. These organizations keep the orthodontist current on developments in the orthodontic and dental worlds, which in turn benefits you.
Look for an orthodontist that is an Invisalign Premier Provider. This is a designation directly from Invisalign that means the orthodontist has treated a total of at least 50 cases and treats at least 25 cases within every six-month period. A Premier Provider is especially skilled in the trade.
It’s never too late to achieve a better smile! With Invisalign, you don’t need to endure the embarrassment of a mouth full of metal, but your teeth will still be straightened.