Orthodontic care can help you correct dental issues such as misalignment, bite problems, and more. According to BioMed Central, over 9 million individuals in the United States receive orthodontic treatment each year, making it the third-largest treatment category in dentistry. Invisalign is a popular type of treatment that can help patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Let’s learn more about this option and see if it’s a good choice for you.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative method of orthodontic care that uses a removable device. The device is molded to fit the mouth and apply gentle pressure to the teeth. This gentle pressure, over time, will start to shift the teeth into the desired position. The appliance can be taken out for eating but, otherwise, it’s recommended that the device stay in place at all times.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is a good option for people who don’t want to commit to metal braces. Metal braces are more invasive and permanent than this type of appliance. Metal braces are also sometimes uncomfortable. Invisalign isn’t uncomfortable for most patients. Patients also like the option of removing the appliance if they need to.
How Do You Care for the Appliance?
Caring for the Invisalign appliance is somewhat simpler than caring for braces. You will need to remove the appliance once or twice a day and clean it thoroughly as you would a retainer. Keeping the appliance clean is important to your oral hygiene.
Is Invisalign Expensive?
Invisalign can be covered under dental insurance just like traditional orthodontic braces. You’ll want to talk with the orthodontist and the insurance company, however, to find out details on payment and coverage. Most people find this type of treatment comparable in price to traditional braces.
Will Invisalign Work for Anyone?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment is recommended for people with mild to moderate crowding or crooked teeth. This type of treatment can shift teeth into a more desirable position. However, this device cannot be used to treat some forms of very severe malocclusion, or crooked teeth. It’s not used to correct moderate to severe bite problems. If you are dealing with these types of issues, you will likely need traditional braces and orthodontic care.
If you’re looking for orthodontic care near you, please contact Lowell Dental Arts today. We are here for your orthodontic needs.