Straight Teeth are Possible with Invisalign

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A beautiful smile can be achieved within months with the right braces. No matter what age you are if you are tired of crooked or misaligned teeth, why not explore the Invisalign option. Traditional braces are made of wire and metal parts. However, Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic and can be removed for eating and at other times when the wearer might need a break from the appliances.

The aligners are made of clear plastic designed to fit the teeth. Generally, a patient will see a dentist for an initial consultation, after which he or she learns if Invisalign is the right option. Once a patient decides that Invisalign is the appliance of choice, the dentist makes an impression of the teeth that is used to design aligners that will fit the teeth at various stages of correction. As the teeth align, a new aligner is worn for a specified period. The patient wears the aligners until the degree of desired straightening or correction is achieved. What is neat about Invisalign is that the aligners are not especially noticeable, which makes wearing them less conspicuous than wearing traditional braces.

Some people feel a little discomfort when the Invisalign braces are first put on the teeth, however this can usually be addressed by taking over the counter medication such as ibuprofen. Once the wearer becomes accustomed to Invisalign, pain medication is no longer needed.

The average cost of Invisalign is about $5000. The cost might be covered by insurance if this option is selected for teens. Adults can usually use pre-tax flexible benefits plans to cover some or all of the costs. Those who have selected Invisalign as the choice for straighter teeth have found that the aligners work very well, with straightening ability being on par with wire braces. Depending upon the severity of the problem, these clear braces can achieve complete straightening, or realignment of the teeth within two years or less. The result is a beautiful, confident smile, free of crooked teeth.

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