Invisalign – Bracing Your Mouth And Budget For What To Expect

When it comes to correcting a crooked smile, there are more options today than in years past when orthodontia patients only had metallic braces as a treatment method. While today’s dental patients in Vero Beach can still opt for a tin grin, they can also choose from other orthodontic options such clear ceramic braces that attach to teeth like metallic braces. Another option that has grown in popularity with Cromer & Cairns Dental patients is Invisalign, a form of braces that uses clear tray aligners to realign a crooked smile.

For patients in Vero Beach considering Invisalign, the dentists at Cromer & Cairns Dental recommend a consultation with your dentist as the first step in the process. Our dentists carefully examine your smile and overall oral health, and take initial impressions of your teeth. Then Invisalign makes their aligners unique to your mouth for a custom fit. It’s your dentist that creates your overall treatment plan in order to get the best results for your smile.

So what exactly is Invisalign? It’s a form of braces that uses clear tray aligners based on molds of your mouth. The aligners are a solid piece of plastic held in place by bits of cement on your teeth that fit into a groove on the tray, which are strong enough to put pressure on specific parts of your teeth to slowly move them into an aligned position. The Invisalign treatment plan uses a series of aligner trays that are replaced every one to two weeks. Each replacement tray feels slightly different, as it’s designed to continue shifting and moving your teeth until they reach the desired location in your mouth.

At Cromer & Cairns Dental, our Invisalign patients in Vero Beach typically wear their Invisalign trays for most of the day (20–22 hours) in order to see results. However, the trays can be easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing or for special occasions. Though it’s a solid piece of plastic, Invisalign aligners are, in fact, braces and not retainers, because they actively move your teeth to shape your mouth, jaw and bite. Unlike retainers, which just hold your teeth in place once they are aligned correctly again.

While the cost of Invisalign, which ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 as a national average (compared to $2,000 to $6,000 for traditional metal braces), may extend beyond some budgets, many insurance policies offer coverage up to 50 percent of the cost. Add to this a long list of other benefits, and any reason for not considering Invisalign often becomes invisible.

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