Invisalign is a popular option for orthodontic treatment, especially among teens and adults. Some patients are skeptical about the Invisalign process because it is a relatively new technology. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury of Scantlebury Orthodontics in Prospect Heights NY is an expert with Invisalign treatment.
A question for many is “Does Invisalign work better than braces?” Well, they work differently but achieve the same desired effect.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a practical alternative to traditional metal braces. Like braces, Invisalign will align and straighten your teeth and will help position your teeth properly for your bite. The clear aligner trays are made from a high-quality thermoplastic material that will slowly move your teeth into place over time. Because they’re completely transparent, they disguise well and nobody will know that you’re wearing them. The aligners need to be worn consistently, taking them out only to eat, clean the tray, brush, and floss. Approximately every two weeks, you’ll change your aligners to a new pair that are slightly different from the last.
Invisalign is just as effective as braces for treating gapped or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and open bites. There are some cases that only metal braces can tackle. Ask Dr. Sophia Scantlebury if Invisalign is right for you.
If you are identified as a candidate for treatment with Invisalign, you can start the process almost immediately. Your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan for you to help you achieve the maximum treatment goals possible.
A computer program then plots the gradual course your teeth will move in and creates sets of aligners that correspond with the intended movement of your teeth. Each aligner can move your teeth anywhere from .25 to .33 millimeters. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes a little more than a year’s time. Once your treatment is over, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear at night.
The costs of both traditional metal braces and Invisalign depend on the individual patient and how much work they need done. Check with your health or dental Insurance plan for information on coverage for orthodontic procedures. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics will be able to project how much your treatment will cost after all of the factors are taken into consideration.
If you’ve been looking to correct your smile without undergoing treatment with traditional braces, Invisalign may just be the right option for you. Dr.Sophia Scantlebury is a certified Invisalign provider in Prospect Heights, NY, and frequently uses the system to help patients achieve the most functional and most attractive smile possible. Call Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046.