What Is Invisalign And How Can You Get It?

If you've ever been self-conscious about your teeth, you've probably thought about getting braces. However, braces can be unpleasant to look at and can also cause you to be self-conscious. Luckily, there is another way to get the beautiful teeth you've dreamed of without the use of traditional metal braces. If you haven't already, it may be time to look into Invisalign braces. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of braces that can align your teeth. However, they're not like traditional metal braces at all. Invisalign braces are clear and are barely visible when they're on your teeth. Instead of using wires to align your teeth, Invisalign uses clear aligners to align your teeth. The aligners may be changed several times throughout the treatment to ensure the best results. 

How to Get Invisalign Braces

Just like almost any other treatment you may need, to get Invisalign braces, you'll need to start with a consultation. If you're set on moving forward with Invisalign, you will have a series of x-rays taken. You will also have impressions taken of your teeth to create your aligners from. 

The next appointment will consist of any prep work that may need to be completed. This is the appointment when you will receive your new Invisalign braces. It's important to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your dentist before leaving this appointment. After leaving, you will be expected to wear the Invisalign braces most of the days to follow. 

Depending on your progress, your aligners will need to be changed every few weeks. This will not require another visit to the dentist, but you will be expected to come in for occasional check-ups throughout the process so your dentist can check on your progress. 

Benefits of Invisalign

There are some benefits to choosing Invisalign over traditional braces. 

Those benefits can include:

  • Removeable
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable
  • Barely visible
  • Easy to use

Because the aligners are barely visible when they're being worn, you can start to feel more confident in your smile before the process is even complete. You're also less likely to run into any serious problems when using Invisalign. 

Cost of Invisalign 

Invisalign braces will cost nearly the same as traditional braces. The cost of Invisalign is between $3,000 and $7,000. Some insurance plans may offer coverage for Invisalign, but if they don't, you will most likely be able to work out a payment plan with your dentist.