Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic treatment that corrects misaligned teeth with a clear, plastic aligner. Unlike traditional braces, it does not use metal brackets and wires to align teeth. Instead, patients are required to wear their clear aligners for an average of 22 hours per day. Patients who qualify for Invisalign can correct their teeth effectively and without the hassle of metal brackets.
Braces have metal brackets that require patients to avoid hard and sticky foods. Those who play contact sports have to carefully protect their braces to avoid lip and mouth injury. Metal brackets create more places for decay-causing bacteria to hide, and they require extensive brushing and flossing every day. Invisalign patients should also focus on daily hygiene, but they can eat and drink without getting food caught in metal brackets. Invisalign is a modern solution to misaligned teeth, and those eligible for Invisalign can correct their teeth with much less hassle.
Is Invisalign Comfortable?
As with any orthodontic treatment, there is mild discomfort at the beginning. Invisalign requires patients to get used to wearing plastic aligners in the mouth. As the aligner straightens teeth, there will be a little soreness, just like teeth with braces on them. As the treatment continues, the teeth will get less sore, and the patient just has to remember to leave their aligners in place.
Remembering to rinse out the aligners will protect your teeth and keep your Invisalign clear. While eating or drinking anything besides water, patients must remove their aligners. There are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign, but eating fruits, dairy, and vegetables will keep teeth healthy. After each meal, we recommend that the patient brush their teeth and rinse their aligners. Keeping aligners clean will prevent harmful bacteria from breeding and creating problems for the teeth and gums.
Is Invisalign Cheaper Than Braces?
The cost of Invisalign treatment entirely depends on needs of each patient. For those who only need minor corrections, the treatment costs less. To know the exact cost of Invisalign treatment, call The Smile Specialists for a free consultation. During the first visit, we take photos and x rays of the patient’s mouth, and either Dr. McSurdy will sit down for a one-on-one consultation. During this consultation, we will outline the treatment plan and provide pricing information. We offer low-cost down payments and zero-interest financing. Also, we accept all insurance plans that have orthodontic coverage.
Call The Smile Specialists Today
Dr. McSurdy has helped thousands of Pennsylvanian patients throughout their years of practice. Both are active members of the American Dental Association, and they believe in staying up-to-date with the latest orthodontic practices. To begin your Invisalign treatment, call The Smile Specialists at 610-489-6032.