How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable, which makes them a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Its flexibility and visual attractiveness have made it more and more popular with adults and teens alike.

Invisalign treatment can be obtained from orthodontists and dentists who are trained and certified in this technology. According to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Invisalign is an effective solution for crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. 

For those considering getting Invisalign treatment, look no further than Bedford Dental Group! Our team of expert cosmetic dentists in Beverly Hills is dedicated to providing personalized care to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss your treatment options. 

This blog post will talk about Invisalign, highlighting its benefits, effectiveness, and the process of obtaining treatment. The goal is to inform readers and help them make an informed decision about their dental health.

What is Invisalign?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth using clear plastic aligners. These aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, applying gentle pressure to move them into the correct position over time. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, offering a more convenient and discreet teeth straightening option.

The time it takes to see results with Invisalign can vary depending on several factors like the severity of orthodontic issues, consistency in wearing aligners, and treatment. Typically, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 – 22 hours a day to get the best out of them. In this case, you would start seeing results in 3-6 months. 

On average, the cost of Invisalign ranges between $3,000 and $8,000. At Bedford Dental Group, we offer flexible payment plans to make your treatment more affordable. This allows you to pay monthly installments or at a pace that suits you rather than paying the bulk sum at once. 

The Invisalign Process

If you want to get Invisalign, you should consult with a qualified dental professional before making any decision. This way, you would know if this dental solution is perfect for you.

Below is a breakdown of the process of getting Invisalign:

Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

The Invisalign process begins with an initial consultation with a qualified dental professional. During the consultation, the orthodontist will evaluate your dental health and discuss your goals with you. 

They will also take digital scans or impressions of your teeth. This step is to determine if Invisalign is the right solution for you based on the complexity of your case.  

Creating a Custom Treatment Plan

Using advanced treatment planning software, the orthodontist will create a 3D model of your teeth. With the use of this technology, you can precisely plan and visualize the steps needed to get the smile of your dreams.

Based on the 3D model, a detailed treatment plan is developed, outlining the exact movements of your teeth at each stage of the process. This plan helps ensure predictable and effective results.

An alternative to Invisalign are mail-in aligners. The difference between Invisalign aligners and mail-in aligners is that Invisalign aligners are custom-made solutions based on the precise 3D scans of your teeth, while mail-in aligners are a one-size-fits-all solution. It is best to opt for Invisalign clear aligners to get a better fit and more accurate results. 

Manufacturing the Aligners

Manufacturing the Aligners

Using the 3D model, a series of custom aligners are manufactured. These aligners are made from SmartTrack material, a patented thermoplastic that ensures a comfortable fit and effective tooth movement.

Invisalign aligners or clear aligners are made from clear plastic that is both durable and virtually invisible when worn. This material provides the necessary gentle pressure to move your teeth into their desired positions.

Wearing the Aligners

As mentioned earlier, Invisalign aligners are clear plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They apply gentle, consistent pressure to guide your teeth into the correct position for teeth straightening. 

You should wear your Invisalign clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. To care for your aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water and clean them with a soft toothbrush or the Invisalign cleaning system. Typically, you should switch to a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks, as directed by your orthodontist.

It is best to keep in mind that you may experience slight discomfort or pressure when switching to a new set of aligners. However, it usually subsides after a few days. Importantly, you should go for regular check-ups to ensure that the treatment is on track and any necessary adjustments are made.

The Top Benefits of Wearing Invisalign

The fact that Invisalign aligners are transparent and almost undetectable is only one of its many advantages. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces and boost confidence. 

Another benefit of Invisalign is its flexibility as aligners can be removed when needed. This makes it easier to maintain oral health and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, you get to experience less irritation due to its smooth plastic design.  

How Bedford Dental Group Customizes Treatment Plans

At Bedford Dental Group, we use advanced 3D imaging and cutting-edge technology in customizing Invisalign treatment plans. The process begins with a detailed digital scan of your teeth using state-of-the-art equipment. This scan creates a precise 3D model of your mouth, allowing our expert cosmetic dentists, Dr. Daniel Naysan, and the team to develop a highly accurate and personalized treatment plan.

The duration of an Invisalign treatment plan varies depending on the complexity of the case and the specific orthodontic issues being addressed. On average, treatment can last between 12 to 18 months. Dr. Naysan will provide a detailed timeline during your initial consultation, outlining the expected duration based on your customized treatment plan.

At Bedford Dental Group, we understand that orthodontic treatment can be a significant investment. Thus, we offer flexible payment plans to make Invisalign accessible and affordable. Our goal is to ensure that you achieve a straighter smile without financial strain. 

Regular Check-ups and Adjustments

Regular Check-ups and Adjustments

Regular check-ups are important during your Invisalign treatment process. These follow-up appointments ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned and that your teeth are moving correctly according to the customized treatment plan. At Bedford Dental Group, these visits are designed to provide ongoing support and adjustments to keep your treatment on track.

During your dental check-up, your orthodontist will check the fit of your current aligners to ensure they are working effectively. He will also evaluate the movement of your teeth against your customized treatment plan to ensure you are on track. If you are ready for the next stage of treatment, you will receive your new set of aligners. If any issues are detected, adjustments can be made to your treatment plan or aligners to optimize results.

Potential Challenges and Considerations for Invisalign

Invisalign treatment comes with the potential challenge of extended treatment time as not wearing the aligners as recommended can prolong the overall treatment duration. In the same vein, inconsistent use of your clear aligners can result in less effective movement of the teeth. 

When you first start wearing Invisalign aligners, you may experience some initial discomfort or pressure. However, this is a normal part of the adjustment process and indicates that the aligners are working to move your teeth. So, you can manage the discomfort by using pain relievers like ibuprofen. It also comes in handy to eat soft foods during the period of discomfort. 

Furthermore, you might notice a slight change in your speech initially. This typically improves as you get used to the aligners. 

Invisalign Treatment Cost Breakdown

Invisalign Treatment Cost Breakdown

The cost of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on several factors like the complexity of the case, location, and treatment duration. More complex orthodontic issues may require longer treatment and more aligners.

On average, Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. Without insurance, the cost of Invisalign can be significant and dent your pocket. However, Bedford Dental Group offers flexible payment plans to help manage this expense.

In comparison, traditional braces are less expensive as their metal brackets cost $2,000 to $6,000. However, while traditional braces might be less expensive, Invisalign offers benefits such as being virtually invisible and removable, which can be worth the additional cost for many patients.

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just like other orthodontic treatments. However, coverage can vary. Therefore, it is important to check with your insurance provider to understand your benefits.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Both Invisalign and conventional braces are effective teeth straightening options. However, they each come with their own set of pros and cons.

Invisalign Pros and Cons

One of the pros of Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible. This way, people do not have to know that you are wearing it. They are also comfortable to use, and you can remove them when necessary. Most importantly, they are usually customized to be a perfect fit.

On the flip side, Invisalign requires discipline to use as you should only take them off when you need to eat or brush your teeth. They are also not suitable for more complex cases and are generally more expensive.

Metal Braces Pros and Cons

Unlike Invisalign, metal braces are suitable for complex cases and do not require all that much discipline. They are also more affordable than Invisalign.

However, metal braces are visible and the metal wires can be uncomfortable. There is also a high risk of tooth decay and gum disease when you use metal braces. Furthermore, the use of metal braces comes with diet restrictions.

How To Transform Your Smile

How To Transform Your Smile

A smile makeover involves a combination of orthodontic treatments and cosmetic dental procedures to improve both the function and aesthetics of your teeth. The foundation of a great smile starts with properly aligned teeth. Using clear aligners, Invisalign can correct misalignments, overbites, underbites, and other orthodontic issues. 

For those looking to enhance the appearance of their smile, porcelain veneers are an excellent option. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, providing a natural-looking and durable solution for improving the color, shape, and overall aesthetics of your smile. We also offer professional tooth whitening to remove stains and discoloration. This gives you a beautiful smile. 

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent and natural-looking solution. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone, serving as a foundation for replacement teeth. They can last a lifetime with proper care and also help preserve the jawbone and prevent bone loss. 

For those who prefer an alternative to implants, dental bridges are another effective option for replacing missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth anchored by crowns on adjacent natural teeth.

To understand the differences and benefits of these options, schedule a free consultation with us today!

Have Questions on How Invisalign Works?

To reiterate, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. These aligners are comfortable and custom-fit. They serve as an effective solution for a variety of orthodontic issues including crowded teeth, gaps, and bite problems. 

A successful smile transformation is possible with Invisalign. Many patients have achieved their dream smile through this innovative treatment, enjoying the benefits of a more confident and beautiful appearance.

Considering Invisalign for orthodontic treatment is an excellent first step toward achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you have minor misalignments or more complex orthodontic issues, Invisalign offers a convenient, comfortable, and effective solution.

Ready to transform your smile with Invisalign? Bedford Dental Group‘s team of experienced Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentists provides personalized care and advanced treatments to ensure you achieve the best results. Schedule your free consultation today! 

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