Invisalign®: Answers to Your FAQs Part 2

In our recent blog, “Invisalign®: Answers to Your FAQs,” we discussed the basics of Invisalign®. Here, we’ll discuss more of the frequently asked questions about Invisalign®, their answers, and how this incredible orthodontic technology can help you reach your smile goals.

How long does Invisalign® treatment take?

You may finish your treatment in just 6 months, depending on how complicated your case is. However, you can observe changes and improvements within weeks.

What are Invisalign® clear aligners made of and what do they look like?

The material used to make Invisalign® clear aligners is a patented thermoplastic called SmartTrack. This material is flexible and made exclusively for Invisalign® Treatment.

How much does Invisalign® treatment cost?

Typically, the cost of getting Invisalign® is comparable to the cost of getting braces. However, the total cost will depend on your individual case and how many aligners are required, which will be determined by your doctor. To make Invisalign® treatment more affordable for you, you can consider using your insurance or seeing if your provider offers monthly payment plans. There are various options available to choose from.

Will my insurance cover Invisalign® treatment?

Invisalign® treatment is often covered by dental insurance plans in a manner similar to braces. This coverage may involve a percentage payment or a set dollar amount.

How many people have used Invisalign® clear aligners?

More than 15 million individuals, including 4 million teenagers, have utilized Invisalign® clear aligners to enhance their smiles.

How is Invisalign® treatment different than other teeth straightening options?

The Invisalign® clear aligners are created using patented SmartTrack material that can move teeth in a predictable and comfortable manner.

Do Invisalign® clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

The aligners and retainers used in Invisalign® are made of safe, medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers which have been FDA-approved for long-term usage inside the human body due to their properties and safety classification. Tests conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials show they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.

Invisalign® states that they have thoroughly tested their manufacturing materials and processes for aligners and retainers and are not aware of latex, parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, epoxy or Bisphenol A (BPA) in their aligners or retainers. You should always talk to your health professional about the risks associated with using aligners or retainers, just like with any other medical device.

How old is the company behind Invisalign® clear aligners?

Invisalign® clear aligners are made by Align Technology, Inc, which was established in 1997.

Has the FDA approved Invisalign® treatment?

Correct, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Invisalign® aligners as Class II medical devices. In 1998, Align Technology, Inc. obtained FDA clearance (510(k)) to sell and market Invisalign® treatment.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign® treatment?

It is possible! Doctors are using a combination of braces and Invisalign® clear aligners to treat a large number of patients. Please consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment approach for your smile.

Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign® treatment fix this?

Invisalign® clear aligners are capable of treating a wide range of teeth straightening issues, including both simple and complex cases. In fact, individuals who have previously worn braces often opt for Invisalign® treatment for its discreet approach to improving their smiles, especially if their teeth have shifted back over time.

I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign® clear aligners work with them?

To determine your specific needs, it is recommended to consult with your doctor regarding any dental work, such as veneers or crowns, that you have undergone.

I have bridgework on several teeth. Will Invisalign® clear aligners still work?

Clear aligners like Invisalign® are made to move teeth one at a time. However, they might not work well with bridgework since it connects two or more teeth.

Begin your journey towards a more aligned smile with Southern Dental Associates

Get started today and take the first steps toward achieving the smile of your dreams – contact us for more information about Invisalign® treatment! With Southern Dental Associates, you are in good hands. Our team has years of experience in providing comprehensive care and will work closely with you to ensure that you receive quality results that exceed expectations. Let’s start creating the smile you deserve together – book an appointment for an Invisalign® consultation today!

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