The Path To Perfect Teeth – 5 Must Know Invisalign Tips

The Path To Perfect Teeth – 5 Must Know Invisalign Tips

Getting perfect teeth is of utmost importance to some people.  A prime concern for most in the pursuit of straighter teeth are unsightly metal braces.  Invisalign allows you to reap all of the benefits of standard braces but in a clear and discrete manner.

Getting Invisible Braces with Invisalign1. Getting Invisible Braces with Invisalign

You have certainly heard of invisible braces on TV or on the radio. There are different types of what we call invisible braces, including tooth-colored brackets that perform the same function as a metal bracket but are actually made out of ceramic and almost blend in with the tooth structure. Also, options like Invisalign, which are clear trays that fit over the teeth are what we tend to identify with invisible braces. It’s much less noticeable to the layperson as they’re walking around. Patients feel better when they smile, knowing that people aren’t going to notice their braces as much. It’s very popular in late teens and adults.

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Summary:

  • These days – on TV and in marketing – you hear a lot about invisible braces.
  • There are different types of invisible braces, including those with tooth-colored brackets that perform the same function as metal brackets but are made from ceramic material that almost blends with the teeth.
  • Options like Invisalign, which use clear trays that fit over the teeth, are the most frequent modality we tend to identify with invisible braces.
  • The primary benefit for lay persons – especially late teens and adults – is that these braces are much less noticeable, so patients feel better about their smile because people don’t notice their braces as much.

2. The Benefits of Invisalign

 The Benefits of InvisalignWe recommend Invisalign for patients who are a little bit more self-conscious about their social life and want their braces to be less noticeable when they smile while they’re out in public. When a patient has Invisalign in their mouth, it’s essentially a clear tray that fits over the teeth. There may be little tooth-colored attachments on the teeth, but when the wearer smiles and engages in social conversation at a social distance, the person they’re speaking to can rarely tell that they have any orthodontic treatment going on. That’s one of the big benefits.

 Another benefit is that the patient can take them out and clean their teeth really well. Also, if the wearer is going out to dinner or something like that, they can be removed for short periods of time and then put back in when they’re done. You don’t have that ability with braces. What we always forget is that, if things can be taken out, they can sometimes be left out longer than they should be, so we emphasize really good discipline with our patients who are in Invisalign treatment.

Summary:

  • We recommend Invisalign for more self-conscious patients who want their braces to be less noticeable when they smile.
  • Invisalign is essentially a clear tray that fits over the teeth. Although there may be little tooth-colored attachments on the teeth, when the wearer smiles and engages in social conversation, others can rarely tell that they have any orthodontic treatment going on. That’s one of the big benefits.
  • One major patient benefit is the ability to take the trays out and clean the teeth really well or remove them for short periods of time – such as if the wearer is going out to dinner – and reinserted afterward. You don’t have that ability with conventional braces.
  • What one might forget is that, things that can be taken out can sometimes be left out longer than they should be, so we emphasize good discipline with our patients who are in Invisalign treatment.

3. The Cost of Invisalign

The Cost of InvisalignWhen a patient is interested in Invisalign, they very often ask whether it costs more than traditional braces. The answer is that it really depends on that patient’s treatment. Invisalign treatment is different, based on the difficulty of the case, how many trays that patient will require, and whether they will require rubber bands to fix their problem. Each situation presents itself with a different degree of difficulty and results in different fees. The best way to be sure about the fee for a particular case is for the patient to come in and discuss what it would take in terms of both timeframe and the financial aspect.

Summary:

  • Patients considering Invisalign very often ask whether it costs more than traditional braces.
  • The answer really depends on that patient’s individual treatment regime because Invisalign treatment is different, based on the difficulty of the case, how many trays the patient will require, and whether rubber bands will be required.
  • Each situation presents a different degree of difficulty and results in different fees, so the best way to be sure how much the fee will be is for the patient to come in and discuss what their case would take in terms of timeframe and the financial aspect.

Talking with Invisalign4. Talking with Invisalign

A lot of times, the main concern of patients who are getting Invisalign, is whether they will speak in a funny way when the trays are in place. I always suggest that patients do a little test when they first get the Invisalign. I tell them, “Talk to somebody without letting that person see you. Then, after your conversation, ask them if they noticed you speaking funny.” Nine times out of 10, they won’t even be able to tell. A lot of times, too, the tongue is very tactilely sensitive. It detects the little bit of added thickness with the tray on the backside of the upper front teeth and patients sometimes feel as if they’re lisping a little bit – which they may for the first couple of days. It goes away very quickly, however, and it’s more in your head than anything else.

Summary:

  • Sometimes, the main concern of a patient considering Invisalign is whether they will sound funny when they speak while the trays are in place.
  • To put them at ease, I suggest that patients do a test when they first get their Invisalign. I say, “Talk to somebody who can’t see you. Then, ask them if they thought you sounded funny.”
  • Nine times out of 10, other people won’t even be able to tell. Also, the tongue is very tactilely sensitive, and it detects the slight added thickness of the tray on the backside of the upper front teeth. As a result, patients sometimes feel as if they’re lisping – which they may true for the first day or two, but it goes away very quickly.

Being a Candidate for Invisalign5. Being a Candidate for Invisalign

More than ever before, we can now treat many situations with Invisalign, so the short answer is, “You should see an orthodontist to be evaluated for Invisalign.” We can look at how the bite fits together and see what may be going on that could require something to be done before starting with Invisalign. As I said, however, we can use Invisalign to fix more

Summary:

  • More than ever before, many situations are treatable with Invisalign, so our short answer is, “You should see an orthodontist to be evaluated for Invisalign.”
  • We can look at the way a patient’s bite fits together and see whether something may be going on that requires treatment before starting with Invisalign; however, we can now use Invisalign to address more difficult treatments now than ever before.

If you are interested in obtaining the perfect teeth and and want to be evaluated for invisalign, call one of our four offices in WNY to start the process with one of our experienced Orthodontists in Buffalo NY.

This educational blog was brought to you by Dr. Andrew J. Dusel, an experienced Buffalo Orthodontist with over 15 years of experience.

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2 thoughts on “The Path To Perfect Teeth – 5 Must Know Invisalign Tips

  1. Leviticus Bennett says:

    It’s good to know that the cost of invisalign really depends on the individual patient. My upper row of teeth are slightly crooked. It’s a very subtle misalignment, so I think that invisalign would be fairly cheap for me.

    • Dr. Andrew J. Dusel says:

      Thanks for the comment Leviticus. I would be happy to arrange a free consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you. Please feel free to contact our office at your convenience. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

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