12 Answers to Your Frequently Asked Invisalign Questions

 
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Invisalign has become very popular among our patients. Dr. Forster, a Rhode Island Invisalign treatment provider, has gathered a list of common questions on Invisalign in one awesome blog post for you that will leave you feeling like a pro on the subject! 

1) What is the process for becoming an Invisalign patient?

Every Invisalign journey begins with an exam, which includes photos, X-rays, and digital scans of your teeth. We transmit your information into a software that shows you a 3D image of how your teeth will move over time. Dr. Forster then works with Invisalign to build your customized treatment plan and have your personalized aligners created.

2) How do teeth move with Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move your teeth over the length of treatment. Patients wear each aligner in a progression and Dr. Forster's prescribed forces create space, move the teeth, and close gaps which result in your ideal bite. The aligners constructed from high-quality medical-quality plastic.

3) Does Invisalign hurt less than traditional metal braces? 

Because the aligners are created from smooth plastic, patients don’t experience the irritation to cheeks and gums that patients who have conventional metal brackets and archwires often experience.

4) Am I a candidate for Invisalign? 

Invisalign technology has successfully treated a wide variety of malocclusions including crowded teeth, overbite, spacing between teeth, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Technology has significantly improved over the last decade, so even if you were told that you were not a candidate previously, we invite you to come in for a free exam; you may be eligible now!

5) How much does Invisalign cost?

 Treatment fees can range significantly because every smile is unique, but on average, our patients pay between $150-$250 a month with a low initial payment. We offer zero-interest in-house flexible payment options to make treatment affordable for any budget.

6) How long does Invisalign treatment last compared to braces?

The average treatment time with conventional braces is 18 months. The average length of treatment with an Invisalign case is 12 months.

7) Do I have as many appointments with Invisalign compared to traditional braces?

There tend to be fewer appointments with Invisalign which means less time away from work or school! Following your initial appointment, appointments are scheduled about every six to eight weeks.

8) Am I too old for Invisalign?

It's never too late! Our Invisalign patients range from the early teens, up to the young-at-heart in their 60s and 70s.

9) Does my dental insurance cover Invisalign treatment? 

Several dental insurance providers include benefits for orthodontic treatment. We are happy to work directly with your insurance provider to answer any questions, file the necessary paperwork to help you maximize your dental benefits.

10) Am I too old for Invisalign?

It's never too late! Our Invisalign patients range from the early teens, up to the young-at-heart in their 60s and 70s.

11) What are attachments and why they are needed with Invisalign?

Attachments are small tooth-colored dots that are bonded to the surface of your teeth at prescribed locations to achieve more challenging tooth movements.

12) Will attachments create white spots on my teeth after removal?

No. Maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout treatment and after treatment, you no one will notice that you had attachments. Lots of patients like to do a teeth whitening treatment as a finishing touch when they complete treatment. Doing this will make doubly sure there is no trace of where an attachment once was.

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Whether you are considering Invisalign treatment or know someone who is, feel free to give us a call to schedule a free consultation. We can evaluate you to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and answer additional questions.