Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
How can plastic be strong enough to move teeth?
Isn't Invisalign more expensive than metal braces?
We are asked this questions almost every day at the office.
Invisalign has come a long way over the years.
There was a time when some people's teeth could not be fixed with Invisalign.
Fortunately, that time is not now.
95% of adults and teens can have their teeth straightened and bite fixed with Invisalign.
Use one of our FREE consultations to find out how Invisalign can work for you!
The traditional way to move teeth has always been metal. This has led people to believe that something strong is required and that it will be uncomfortable.
In fact, it only requires very light sustained force to move teeth. This means that plastic can effectively move teeth into a new position as long as the plastic is pushing on the teeth for the majority of the day (20-22 hours).
Each of your Invisalign aligners is slightly different than the one before - you switch them weekly. These small changes will slowly push your teeth to where they need to be with minimal discomfort.
Orthodontic fees are determined by each individual provider.
Some orthodontists will charge more for Invisalign than braces, some will have no difference in fee, and some will charge less for Invisalign than braces.
At Impact Orthodontics, comprehensive orthodontics completed with Invisalign is less expensive than braces.
Dr. Jen and Dr. Dena are Diamond Providers with Invisalign. This means that they do a lot of it and therefore receive a volume discount. They are happy to pass this discount along to our amazing patients.
How often do I need to come to the office?
What are attachments and why do I need them?
Appointments at the office are generally scheduled every 12 weeks when you have Invisalign.
These appointments are about 20 minutes long and are for the doctor to check how your aligners are fitting and teeth are moving.
You will have all of your aligners at home so that you can switch them weekly. Should an appointment need to be changed, your teeth will continue moving in the right direction until you can come in for a visit.
For our out-of-town patients that may not be able to come every 12 weeks, we offer selfie check-ins to ensure your aligners are fitting correctly.
Attachments are tooth coloured bumps (that can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes) that are glued to the surface of some of your teeth.
These attachments give the aligners a place to grip and/or push off of to aid in tooth movement.
See example photo below:
What is IPR (or re-shaping/slimming) and why do you do it?
IPR is done to create space.
This space may be needed in order to move your teeth (if they are crowded). It may also be needed to change the position of your teeth for your bite.
A minimal amount of tooth structure is removed (0.1-0.5mm) between the required teeth to make them straight or fix the bite.
This process is not painful and does not effect the general health or strength of your teeth.
Will I Need Elastics?
Elastics are used in braces and Invisalign to change how the teeth touch each other.
Some examples of when elastics are used:
- To move your lower teeth forward to your upper teeth
- To move your upper teeth backward to meet your lower teeth
- To move upper teeth down to meet lower teeth
- To move lower teeth up to meet upper teeth
Dr. Jen and Dr. Dena will let you know if elastics are needed to correct your bite.
Elastics attach to your aligners with the use of buttons or grooves.
When you receive your Invisalign aligners, you will also receive this kit.
The black round case is where you will keep your aligners when they are not in your mouth
The cleaning crystals are to keep the aligners clear.
Click on the photo above to see a short video discussing care of your aligners.
The key to taking excellent care of your aligners is to wear them 20-22 hours per day, put them in your case when they are not in your mouth, and clean them when you brush your teeth.
If you need help with your aligners, please call the office at 403-256-7797.