The Invisalign Experience (Part I)
- September 23, 2013
- 4 mins read
If you have options lain in front of you, and if whatever you choose, the end-result would be the same, wouldn’t it be wiser to choose the easier path?
The recent developments in dental study have made it possible for Invisalign to straighten even the most crooked of smile, or maybe not the most but out of the norm. In connection with medical advancement, dental patients have also learned to keep up with the times; patients would now browse the World Wide Web in search for the best Orthodontist in town, what procedure they want to avail, and more importantly, what exactly will they be investing on.
Probably one of the most searched dental procedures on the net, recently, would be Invisalign. Because of its virtually invisible appeal, the clear aligner has been an ideal teeth straightening option for adults with professional careers.
Although Invisalign has been a great alternative for traditional braces, its costly procedure has made it a luxury rather than a necessity; even though it shows the character of the latter description. Invisalign treatment plan would normally cost around $5000, but the price may vary from $2000-$8000, depending on your teeth’s impression.
The purpose of this article is to give the readers an Idea about Invisalign’s treatment plan, the whole process that goes with it, and what you can expect during the procedure. The article is divided into two parts: the Consultation process and the Treatment process.
First off, what is an Invisalign?
Invisalign, in layman’s term, are transparent aligners. In a complex explanation, Invisalign(s) are a series of clear, custom-fabricated device used for straightening teeth. These retainers are more visually appealing than traditional braces because of how it can be unnoticeable at first glance. Unlike, traditional braces, these aligners can be easily removed. Although it is required to wear them for 20-22 hours, brushing, eating and drinking between hours is not prohibited by Orthodontists so you can still maintain a good oral hygiene. But that is along as the aligners won’t stay out of your mouth for too long.
1. Finding your Invisalign Orthodontist
It is important to research diligently on which Invisalign Provider you will choose. You must know that not all dentists and orthodontists had proper Invisalign Training. Remember that Invisalign(s) are a series of custom-made plastic aligners; a keen eye, dental expertise to read impression reports (which will be tackled on part 2) and Invisalign apparatuses is needed for the whole treatment. If in your research you notice that one of these requirements is missing, then you should move on to who’s next on the list.
Another reason why you might want to make inquiries first, is for financial purpose. You want to make sure that you can finish the whole treatment process and not get cut off on the middle of it just because of monetary issue. Usually Invisalign providers would allow down-payments, where you can gradually pay it in whole in each of your segment check-ups. Payment options may vary depending on the Invisalign Provider’s discretion. This is why we can’t emphasize enough why you should find a Dentist who you think will give you your money’s worth.
2. Consultation visit
Once you’ve chosen who your Orthodontist would be, it is time to consult whether you’re eligible for Invisalign. Pictures and X-rays would be conducted to determine your dental status. These X-Rays would also be used to pattern your whole Invisalign treatment plan in case you pass the dental assessment. This process would only take at least 30 minutes.
As mentioned, over the time, Invisalign treatment procedures have increased drastically; teeth gaps which cannot be fixed by these virtually invisible aligners can now be corrected. But of course there are still some dental cases which cannot be fixed by Invisalign attachments, like Molar alignment issues, which require distalization of molar, Class 3 Crossbite correction and Extruding teeth, especially canines.
.. End of Part I ..
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