Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist Regarding Invisalign, the Clear Braces System

added on: June 19, 2018

Invisalign clear braces are a popular option for both teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without using metal braces. Many people see Invisalign as a good alternative to metal braces, but it’s important to make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment. Before you decide whether or not to use Invisalign, here are some questions you should ask your dentist.

Will Invisalign be as effective as metal braces for me?

For most people, Invisalign clear braces work as effectively as traditional metal braces. However, with some more severe cases of overbite or crooked teeth, Invisalign may not fully fix the problem. Ask your dentist whether Invisalign is the best option for your teeth.

How long will the treatment last?

The average treatment time with Invisalign is about a year. If your teeth aren’t severely misaligned and you wear trays for at least 20 hours a day, your treatment will probably not take much longer than a year. However, your dentist should have a fairly accurate idea of how long the Invisalign treatment will take in your situation.

How much will Invisalign cost?

Cost is usually one of the biggest concerns when considering any orthodontic treatment. The price of Invisalign usually ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, and the average cost is about $5,000. Your dentist should be able to give you a more exact price range that you can expect for your treatment.

How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?

Ask your dentist about any foods or drinks you’ll have to avoid, and ask whether Invisalign will affect your speech. Some activities most people have to avoid while they have Invisalign include:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Chewing gum

What happens after the treatment?

Most people require a retainer after completing Invisalign treatment. Some people require retainers for just their upper teeth, some people require them for just their lower teeth, and some people require them for all their teeth. Ask your dentist what you should expect once the treatment is completed. Your dentist will also be able to give you recommendations about what retainer to use.

If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact Park Cedar Dentistry to get in touch with our cosmetic dentist in South Charlotte who can help you decide whether it’s the right treatment for you.

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