Invisalign braces are an effective way to straighten teeth without the aesthetic and functional drawbacks of traditional braces. They’re a great option for adults who don’t want to spend years dealing with unsightly metal brackets. The custom-made clear plastic alignment trays are barely noticeable, and they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Invisalign braces can be used for kids as well, although they do require daily diligence to work properly.
Invisalign braces might be revolutionary in the world of orthodontics, but the cost is not actually that much more than traditional braces. The cost for Invisalign treatment in San Diego ranges from $3,000-$7,000, although dental insurance might pay for a portion of it. In comparison, the cost for traditional braces is usually around $2,000-$6,000. The cost varies mostly on the specific misalignment issues that need to be addressed.
Like traditional braces, Invisalign braces gradually shift your teeth over time into straighter alignment. The Invisalign trays are made from smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic. For each patient, we use 3D computer imaging technology to create a complete customized treatment plan.
Every two weeks, you will receive a new set of alignment trays that will put just enough pressure on your teeth to move them into a perfect fit with the tray until you’re ready for a new one. The entire process takes about 12-18 months on average, although some misalignment issues may take longer.
Alignment trays can be removed to eat, brush and floss, but they must be worn diligently for the rest of the day and overnight, ideally for 22 out of the 24 hours in a day. If the trays are not worn for long enough and the teeth don’t match the alignment tray by the end of the two-week period, the next set of aligners won’t work effectively.
The first step in planning your Invisalign treatment is visiting an orthodontist for an exam. Once it is determined the exact issue or condition that plagues your teeth, Invisalign treatment can begin. First, our dentist Dr.Hage will scan your teeth to create an accurate 3D model of your teeth. Once the model is made, Dr.Hage can plan the needed shifts in your teeth in order to get the desired results. Once all the plans are made, a customized Invisalign aligner will be produced so that you can start getting perfectly aligned teeth. Then, all you need to do is wear your Invisalign braces and start seeing amazing results.
Invisalign braces can be used to treat many of the orthodontic issues that traditional braces address, although extreme misalignment, large gaps, and severely crowded teeth might require permanent brackets or other advanced orthodontic treatment. Issues that Invisalign can treat include:
Misalignment and bite issues are more than aesthetically problematic—they can lead to difficulty with chewing and biting, chipped and worn-down teeth, receding gums, and excess plaque and tartar, which can result in gum disease if left untreated. Invisalign braces help promote optimal oral health.
Invisalign braces have many advantages compared to traditional braces. The ability to remove the trays for eating, brushing, and flossing is an enormous plus, and the nearly invisible look of Invisalign can boost your confidence during treatment. Invisalign braces also require fewer maintenance visits to the dentist, and because the movement is more gradual than with traditional braces, the discomfort is minimal.
However, Invisalign might not be for everyone, especially children who might have trouble resisting the temptation to remove the trays for more than two hours a day. Also, the removable aspect of Invisalign means the trays can be lost or broken, which could result in more money and time spent on treatment.
If you want a straighter smile but you don’t want to call attention to your mouth with traditional braces, Invisalign braces might be right for you. Call Smile Designers at (619) 222-6000 to set up a consultation.