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Invisalign FAQ’s

A clear plastic alignerIt’s hard to believe that it’s possible to get a straighter smile without wearing braces; however, that’s exactly what Invisalign can achieve for patients. There is probably a lot more you’d like to know about this innovative treatment, so we’ve compiled some common Invisalign questions for you here so you’ll have all the information you need to make an educated decision about Invisalign treatment.

How can Invisalign Work Without Metal Brackets and Wires?

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Instead of traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that are customized to your unique treatment plan to apply light pressure and gradually move your teeth.

How Often Should I Wear My Aligners?

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During Invisalign treatment, aligners should be worn at least 22 hours each day in order to achieve the best results. You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks and you can often change them out at home, resulting in fewer required visits to your dentist.

Will Invisalign Affect the Way I Talk?

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Patients sometimes experience a short adjustment period that could affect their speech as they’re getting used to their new aligners. Most patients tell us that this didn’t last long, and once they’re used to them, the aligners are comfortable to wear.

How Long Does Treatment With Invisalign Typically Last?

While each patient’s needs are unique, most Invisalign cases can be completed in around 12 to 18 months with excellent patient compliance.

Are There Diet Restrictions With Invisalign?

One of the best benefits about Invisalign treatment besides discretion is that the aligners are removable. This means that you can easily take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing. Therefore, there are no restrictions on your diet or changes to your home care routine needed to complete treatment.

Who is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Since Invisalign can’t correct complicated issues with your bite, it typically works well for patients with slight alignment issues which include:

  • Rotated teeth
  • Gaps or spacing between teeth
  • Slight overlapping
  • General alignment issues

Your dentists at Papageorgiou Dental Associates can determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for your needs during a consultation where we will take x-rays, photos, and perform a thorough examination. If you move forward with Invisalign, we will even be able to show you how your finished smile will look with 3D technology.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign is different for each patient depending on the complexity, and how long treatment is expected to last. Invisalign is typically comparable to the cost of full orthodontic treatment.

You will be told how much treatment will cost during your consultation with your dentist at Papageorgiou Dental Associates. We also have wonderful options for financing through Care Credit that can help break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments.

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign Treatment?

A lot of insurance plans include an orthodontic benefit that pays for a portion of treatment. If your insurance has an orthodontic benefit, Invisalign would typically be included.

If you have questions about what your insurance covers, our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are happy to help you determine what your insurance benefit for Invisalign might be, and what your out of pocket expense is.

To learn more about Invisalign, contact your team Papageorgiou Dental Associates to schedule a consultation.