We’ve said good-bye to the bulky braces of the past that stood out and made patients self-conscious. Braces have evolved a lot! They’re smaller, more discreet, and better looking than ever. But even with improvements in their shape, size, and even color, many patients are still not sure about using them to achieve a straighter smile. If that sounds like you, we’ve got good news—there’s another option available for aligning your teeth and improving your oral health! Here’s the truth about Invisalign
We’re proud to offer the Invisalign clear aligner system at Seabreeze Orthodontics as an alternative to traditional braces. This impressive system gives you the same beautiful results as braces without any metal brackets, wires, or bands. While braces have been around for decades and had plenty of time to prove themselves, Invisalign aligners have only been around for about 20 years. That means lots of people are still unaware of what Invisalign actually is, and what aligners can do to correct orthodontic issues. To learn the truth about Invisalign, keep reading below!
What is Invisalign?
The concept of using removable plastic trays was a part of orthodontics before Invisalign clear aligners were developed in the late 1990s. Invisalign uses unique software and technology to move crooked and misaligned teeth in stages using nothing more than a series of customized aligners. At the end of each step, patients replace their current aligner with the next in the series to keep up with the movement of the teeth. This will usually be every 1-2 weeks, but the exact time frame depends on the specific patient’s needs.
At first, orthodontists only used Invisalign for simple spacing issues or very mild crowding. However, once the potential started to become clear, the aligners were redesigned to efficiently move teeth in most mild to moderate cases. When patients are fully compliant, Invisalign aligners can be just as effective as traditional braces. The 7 million patients who have been treated with Invisalign all over the world are all the proof you need!
Does Invisalign treatment take longer than braces?
Orthodontic treatment always requires a commitment from the patient. This is the only way it can work. With Invisalign, this is even more important. Traditional braces do a lot of the hard work for you since they’re attached to your teeth. But Invisalign aligners are removable, so the patient is responsible for wearing them as directed, which is 20-22 hours a day throughout treatment. Patients who neglect to do so won’t see the results they desire and may face longer treatment times in general.
We understand that everyone wants to know how long their orthodontic treatment will last. Still, that question is harder to answer than you might think. Every case is different, and each patient will respond to treatment in their own way. In general, however, most people will wear Invisalign aligners for anywhere from 9–15 months, with 18–30 aligners typically used throughout the treatment. We’ll let you in on a secret: this is actually less time than most people spend in braces.
Does Invisalign cost more than braces?
There are several factors associated with the overall cost of any treatment. Still, comparatively speaking, Invisalign tends to cost about the same as traditional braces.
Dr. Juan is committed to providing high-quality, affordable orthodontic care to patients of all ages in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding communities. We offer interest-free payment plans after an initial down payment at the beginning of your treatment, and also accept payment through third-party financing companies. Also, we’ll file on your behalf if you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics. A better smile is always in the budget with Seabreeze Orthodontics!
What advantages does Invisalign have over traditional braces?
Traditional braces just can’t offer the kind of freedom and flexibility that you get with Invisalign. For example, one of the hardest parts of treatment is not eating the crunchy and sticky foods we all love. This isn’t an issue with Invisalign since you’ll remove them to eat or drink anything other than water.
Removable aligners also make it easier to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing around wires, brackets, and bands can be frustrating and time-consuming, but Invisalign aligners are removed before brushing and flossing as usual. Caring for the aligners themselves is a breeze, too! There are special kits designed to clean them, or they can be gently brushed using toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
You should definitely consider Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment if you’re an athlete or a musician who plays a woodwind or brass instrument. Brackets and wires can make it a challenge to play your instrument correctly. Worrying about damaging your appliance can distract you from performing at your best during a game. And since they can be removed for short periods, they’re also perfect for any special event when a patient wants their natural smile to shine through, such as prom, weddings, or even senior pictures.
Is Invisalign recommended for everyone?
Invisalign tends to work best for teen and adult patients who already have all their permanent teeth. It works best if you have mild to moderate orthodontic issues. The precision and control of braces may be necessary for more complex or severe problems. When you schedule your free consultation with Dr. Juan, he’ll be able to determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you, or if you would be better served by a more traditional method of treatment. In many cases, patients can choose between braces and Invisalign aligners!
What happens once Invisalign treatment is complete?
Regardless of the orthodontic treatment you choose, your teeth will naturally drift back towards their former positions after your appliance is removed, and there is no longer a force pulling them in the right direction. That’s why retainers are an essential part of achieving long-lasting results! Our office will provide you with a retainer once your treatment is complete. Wearing this retainer precisely as directed by Dr. Juan will help keep your newly straightened smiles in place for years to come.
Find the perfect smile for you at Seabreeze Orthodontics
As our most popular alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign’s innovative aligner system continues to change the way people view orthodontic treatment. To learn more about the incredible things Dr. Juan can do for your smile with Invisalign, get in touch with us today to schedule a FREE consultation!