Invisalign is a more convenient alternative to unsightly metal braces that is becoming increasingly popular across the globe. This treatment consists of clear plastic aligners that are practically invisible to the naked eye. This means people can wear them with confidence without braces affecting their appearance. Another advantage of Invisalign aligners is that they can be taken off to eat or drink, unlike metal braces, which are fixed onto the teeth using brackets. Conventional braces are also painful at times in comparison to Invisalign, which can be worn comfortably. A wearer may experience initial discomfort; however, this goes away as soon as they get used to the aligners.
Before delving into the actual process, it is important to note that Invisalign is unfortunately not for everyone. Teenagers, young children, and those with severely misaligned teeth are still advised to get metal braces. Invisalign is suitable for those with an overbite or underbite as well as those with minor teeth misalignment.
With regards to the actual process, it takes place over a series of appointments with a dental professional. They will take a thorough look at the person's teeth, and then they will decide whether or not Invisalign is suitable. If it is, then a mould of the teeth will be taken. In the next appointment, the first plastic aligners will be given to the patient. They must be worn at least 20–22 hours a day; otherwise, the treatment will be ineffective. When a patient is drinking or eating, the aligners can be taken off to avoid staining them.
After two weeks, another appointment takes place where a new mould of the teeth is taken and a modified plastic aligner provided. This continues until the desired result is achieved.
Even if the patient feels that their teeth are aligned, they must not discontinue treatment and must follow through with the plan created by their specialist.
Invisalign treatment should only be provided by a dental professional. These individuals have undertaken further study to practice in their field. This is why one should always check the credentials and experience of the Invisalign provider before signing up for the treatment.
The cost of the treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. This treatment usually costs between $3,500 and $8,000 (or around £2,750 to £6,300). Some people may be able to get some rebates. Payment plans are also available for those who wish to pay the money in instalments.