Many people who are considering orthodontic treatment to straighten their smiles and align their bites are generally searching for the most discreet option available. Since 1997, invisible aligners have been used to treat people who have mild teeth and jaw alignment issues. Although invisible aligners, more commonly known as Invisalign* , have helped thousands of people across the United States fix their smile, they aren’t for everyone. If you are considering getting Invisalign, we hope that this article will paint a more clear picture of invisible tray in terms of what Invisalign can and cannot treat. This will help you to decide if this is the right Idaho Falls orthodontic treatment option for you.
The best way to determine which type of braces will give you the best results in the fastest amount of time is by scheduling a free consultation with Randall Orthodontics at your earliest convenience.
At your appointment, we will thoroughly review any issues you have with your smile and bite and design a customized treatment plan to help you smile with confidence. Contact our Idaho Falls orthodontic office today to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.
*Invisalign is a type of invisible aligner or tray that is commonly used interchangeably with the phrase invisible aligners, however, Invisalign itself is a brand of invisible aligners. For brevity’s sake, Invisalign will also be used in place of “invisible aligners” throughout this article.
What Are Invisible Aligners?
Invisible aligners are virtually invisible trays. Using a set of custom trays that have been molded to straighten your teeth over time, Invisalign is made from clear plastic, making them much less noticeable than traditional metal and ceramic braces in Idaho Falls. Probably the most significant difference between conventional permanent braces and invisible trays is that they are removable and can be taken off during meal times and when you brush and floss your teeth.
What Can Invisalign Be Used To Treat?
As previously mentioned, invisible trays cannot be used to treat all orthodontic issues. In most cases Invisalign can handle the following Idaho Falls orthodontic cases:
- Crooked Teeth – Invisible trays can help to straighten mildly crooked teeth.
- Gapped Teeth – If you have smaller gaps between one or more teeth, Invisalign may be an option for you. Many people want to “close the gap” between teeth for a more aesthetically appealing smile.
- Crowded Teeth – Crowded teeth or overlapping teeth can lead to gum disease and tooth decay and should be corrected as soon as possible.
- Underbite – Invisalign can treat an underbite by gently moving the bottom teeth back so that they sit in the correct position, slightly behind the front teeth. If not treated, an underbite can cause TMJ pain and lead to worn-down teeth.
- Overbite – Is when the upper teeth are too far in front of the lower teeth. This can be due to bone structure, genetics, or harmful oral habits, according to this article from Speaks Orthodontics. Invisible aligners can be used in place of Idaho Falls braces to correct this issue if it only requires minimal treatment.
- Crossbite – A crossbite is when some of the upper teeth sit inside of the lower teeth (they should be on the outside). A crossbite causes teeth to wear down and even chip. Additionally, in some cases, it can cause gums to recede.
- Open Bite – When the upper and lower teeth don’t meet, this is called an open bite. Many times invisible trays can be used to treat this orthodontic issue.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Like most things, the price of your Idaho Falls Invisalign treatment plan will be determined by how long it takes to straighten your smile, how many teeth are involved ( in some cases Invisalign is only required for the top or bottom teeth)
Invisalign treatment can start anywhere from $2,800 and go up to $5,000. Many people expect that invisible aligners are wildly more expensive than traditional braces; however, this isn’t true. Even if a person is being fitted for conventional braces, he or she should expect to pay an average of $3,000. Though the costs may be similar, some insurance plans won’t cover the cost of Invisalign. If you’re unsure, contact your insurance provider as well as Randall Orthodontics for more information about Idaho Falls Invisalign and what is and what is not covered by insurance. If you’re interested in finding out if you would be a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Randall Orthodontics today. Whether you end up needing Invisalign or traditional metal braces in Idaho Falls, we will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.