By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
December 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Invisalign, the revolutionary orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct bites, is slowly becoming the obviously clear choice over metal braces. Invisalign is convenient, effective and virtually unseen while in use. This popularity, however, does not come without rumors and questions. Some typical worries are normal, but easily debunked.
“Invisalign is more expensive than metal braces.”
Invisalign pricing is actually very comparable to metal braces. While the actual cost is determined by the orthodontist you choose, the base costs are almost exactly the same as that of metal braces.
“My insurance doesn’t cover Invisalign.”
Invisalign is a tool that orthodontists use to straighten teeth, just like regular braces. If your insurance covers orthodontics, it should cover Invisalign as well. As with any treatment, the percentage of the cost that insurance covers relates directly to the insurance itself.
“Invisalign is only used to treat less severe cases.”
With advances in orthodontic technology, Invisalign can be used to treat a wide range of cases, from underbites to overbites to just plain crooked teeth. With Invisalign Teen, even children can be treated as soon as their baby teeth fall out.
Rather than using unsightly metal brackets and wires, Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. These trays are smooth, comfortable, BPA-free and almost invisible. The aligners are replaced approximately every two weeks by a new set of trays which, in turn, gradually shift your teeth into the perfect smile you deserve. Regular orthodontic check ups are required to ensure the teeth are shifting at the correct rate and that the aligner trays are working to their full potential.
While being treated with Invisalign, the patient must wear the aligners trays at all times, except while eating or cleaning the teeth or trays. When compared to metal braces, the ease of eating and regular dental hygiene is far superior with Invisalign, since the patient does not have to worry about flossing around metal brackets or wires, or getting food stuck in between them. Metal braces could also develop sharp edges and cut or rub the inside of the mouth, resulting in painful, raw sores.
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Dr. Cary J. Limberaskis, DMD and the staff at Jenkintown Dentistry are highly trained in using Invisalign to treat misaligned teeth by creating and using well thought out treatment plans. Call us at (215) 886-8866 for more information!
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