The Truth About Invisalign Clear Aligners

Dr. Mark Clauss November 30, 2020

In recent years, we’ve seen traditional braces go through a bit of a modern makeover. There have been significant changes to their shape, size, and overall design. The result is braces that are more comfortable, attractive, and effective than they’ve ever been! In spite of these impressive advancements, some patients are still hesitant about using braces to straighten their smile. If you’ve been considering orthodontics but aren’t sure if traditional braces are for you, we’ve got good news—there’s another treatment option available to give you a healthy, confident smile! 

Clauss Orthodontics is proud to offer our patients in Watertown and Woodbury an exciting alternative to traditional braces. With the Invisalign clear aligner system, we’re able to achieve the same beautiful results as braces without using any brackets, wires, or bands. As orthodontic treatments go, Invisalign is still a relatively new option, so not everyone is aware of what it is and what it can do. This has led to some misconceptions out there about the Invisalign system. Keep reading below to learn the truth about these clear aligners and how they can transform your smile! 

What is Invisalign? How does the system work?

Invisalign’s unique software and technology move misaligned teeth in stages using a series of customized clear aligners. At the end of each stage, patients replace their current aligner with the next in the series to keep up with the movement of the teeth. This will generally be every 1-2 weeks, but the exact time frame will depend on each patient’s treatment plan.

While Invisalign was originally used for simple spacing issues or very mild crowding, the design has improved to the point that current aligners can correct many of the most common orthodontic issues. In fact, as long as patients wear the aligners exactly as directed, they can be just as effective as traditional braces at moving the teeth into more desirable positions. You don’t have to take our word for it, though—just look at the 7 million patients all over the world who have a straighter smile thanks to Invisalign!

The Truth About Invisalign Clear Aligners

How long will treatment with Invisalign take?

Any kind of orthodontic treatment relies on patient compliance, and this is especially important when it comes to a removable orthodontic appliance like Invisalign aligners.  

As a fixed appliance, traditional braces are bonded to the front surface of the teeth and can carry out their job without too much effort from the patient. 

In contrast, Invisalign aligners rely on patients wearing them for 20-22 hours each day throughout the treatment process. Patients are also responsible for switching each aligner out for the next in the series every 1-2 weeks. Failure to do so will result in less than optimal results and may lead to longer treatment times, too. 

As for how long the treatment process will last, this varies from case to case. Every smile is different and each patient will respond to treatment in their own way, but in general, most people will wear Invisalign aligners for anywhere from 12-16 months. The good news? This is actually slightly faster than the average time most patients spend in braces!

Is Invisalign more expensive than traditional braces?

There are several factors we consider when calculating the overall cost of any treatment plan. These range from the complexity of the correction needed to the type of appliance used, and everything in between! While braces have traditionally been the most cost-effective way to get a straight smile, the Invisalign system is also extremely affordable. 

A better smile is always in the budget with Clauss Orthodontics! We’re committed to providing high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages and offer no-interest in-house financing to suit every family. Other financial options include:

  • monthly auto-draft from your bank or credit card
  • 5% discount for paid in full treatment
  • no pre-approvals needed
  • family and sibling courtesy discount

What advantages does Invisalign have over traditional braces?

Invisalign gives patients an extra bit of flexibility that braces just can’t beat. Take food restrictions, which are one of the toughest parts of treatment for many patients in braces. To keep the wires and brackets safe, they must avoid eating anything crunchy or chewy throughout the treatment process. This eliminates several popular foods and snacks, which can be really frustrating even though it’s temporary. 

With Invisalign, patients can continue eating all their favorite foods. The clear aligners are simply taken out before eating, then put back in when the patient is done. Not having any food restrictions makes orthodontic treatment a lot more fun!

Removable aligners also make it easier to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Cleaning around wires, brackets, and bands can be time-consuming. With Invisalign, aligners are removed before brushing and flossing as normal.

Got an upcoming event where you want your natural smile to shine through? Invisalign aligners can be removed for short periods of time, so they’re perfect for weddings, proms, and even senior portraits.

What happens once Invisalign treatment is complete?

Whatever method of treatment you end up choosing, your teeth will always remember their previous places in your mouth. Once the gentle pressure of braces or aligners is removed, they’ll naturally begin to drift back towards those positions if there’s nothing there to stop them. That’s where retainers come in! We’ll provide you with a retainer after your treatment is complete. Wearing it exactly as Dr. Clauss directs you is essential to keep your newly straightened smile in place over time. 

Invisalign is the clear choice for a confident smile at Clauss Orthodontics

As our most popular alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners continue to change the way people view orthodontic treatment day after day. Dr. Clauss has had years of experience using Invisalign to help patients improve their oral health, so you can trust that your smile is in the best hands when you choose our practice! Are you ready to learn more about the incredible things Invisalign can do for your smile? Get in touch with us today to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Clauss and our team!

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