Technology has brought your options for orthodontic treatment a long way from the old days when the whole experience relied on clunky metal contraptions that got in the way of your budget and your life. Not only are traditional metal braces smaller and easier to wear but you can also opt out of braces for most orthodontic treatments to achieve your perfect smile at a price that fits your life.
Metal brackets and wires, no matter how small, just aren’t the right fit for some patients. Thankfully, the Invisalign clear aligner system is one of these cutting-edge advancements that may be just right for you. This unique method uses a series of clear aligners to discreetly and gradually adjust the position of your teeth. Here at Foothill Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Jeff Chandler and Dr. Brian Anderson have a lot of experience treating patients with Invisalign, and we’re excited to offer this technology to our Salt Lake City area braces patients. If this is sounding like your solution, make sure you keep reading to find some clarity on the facts and fiction around Invisalign, and reach out to get started on your own journey to a delightful smile!
Aligners like Invisalign have been around since the nineties and earlier versions, called trays, date back decades to when they were used for post braces retainers. But, the unique software and technology created by Invisalign, is able to move crooked and misaligned teeth in stages using a series of customized aligners. Each retainer is worn for about one to two weeks and then you will swap to the next appropriate aligner in your series. This constant but slight change allows for precise adjustments based on your customized treatment plan.
Invisalign was originally used to correct simple spacing concerns and crowding but it’s proven to be capable of so much more from overbites to crossbites and then some. The key is to determine the severity of the issues you are needing to adjust and work with your orthodontist to determine if this is the right treatment plan for you. Invisalign is a great choice at any age so whether you are wanting to avoid having braces in your yearbook photo or you feel you’re too old to sport metal brackets and wire, ask our expert team at Foothill Orthodontic Specialists if this treatment is right for you!
One of the most noted facts about Invisalign is seeing the changes in your smile quickly and clearly since there are no brackets and wires to hide it all while it happens. Due to the cutting-edge technology and the weekly to biweekly series of aligners that make constant small adjustments, you will begin to notice significant changes in your smile within about 3 months. And while we are talking about the timeline and facts of Invisalign, another benefit of the removable aligner system is that you are able to take them out to eat, brush your teeth, or even for a photo. They do need to be worn for approximately 22 hours a day to be most effective but you won’t get that flexibility with traditional braces.
Our entire team here at Foothill Orthodontic Specialists is passionate about creating a lifelong smile for you and your family so now that we’ve gotten some facts ironed out, let’s take a look at some of the fiction floating around about Invisalign.
Not So Factual
“New” – “Cutting Edge” – Words like this can quickly make you feel like the possibility of straight teeth and your perfect smile might be out of reach where the cost is concerned. Let’s go ahead and call fiction on that now. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised to find out that, in most cases, Invisalign can cost the same or close to the amount you’d pay for traditional metal braces. Often, insurance will even cover much of the cost the same they would for those traditional braces. Our team is also committed to making the insurance process as easy as possible so we will take care of your insurance coverage research and help you complete the required forms and documents once treatment begins.
Somewhere along the lines, the myth that you are limited to what you can eat while using the Invisalign system started circulating. That can’t be further from factual. It’s common knowledge that you should avoid chewy, sticky, and crunchy foods with traditional braces or you run the risk of breaking something or food getting stuck in complicated places. But with Invisalign clear aligners, you just take them out before you eat or drink anything more than water but nothing is off the table. Just remember to clean your teeth before putting them back in to avoid staining the retainer or having food trapped between the retainer and your teeth.
The last common myth about using Invisalign clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is remembering to wear the trays regularly. While this may seem like it would be a lot to remember, it’s not much different than wearing contact lenses. Between the Invisalign technology itself and our custom treatment plan, you’ll quickly get into the habit of wearing your retainers to your healthiest and straightest smile.
Fact beats Fiction and the choice is clear with Invisalign and Foothill Orthodontics
When you lay it all out, there’s a lot that factors into whether or not Invisalign is right for you but our talented and experienced team at Foothill Orthodontic Specialists hope we were able to shed some light on what to truly expect from this popular option. This treatment continues to change the lives and smiles of many of our Salt Lake City patients. If you are wondering if this might be the best path to your brightest smile, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation. There’s never been a better time!