What are invisalign braces?
Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth without the brackets and wires of traditional braces. Developed by a college student looking for a better way to correct minor alignment problems, Invisalign hit the market with FDA approval in 1999. Since then, Align Technology has continued improving the product and expanding the capabilities of Invisalign treatment. Invisalign cost more than braces when it was first introduced, but now it is comparable.
Exploring the Bottom Line — Invisalign Cost vs. Braces Cost
The national average for Invisalign treatment ranges between $3,000 and $8,000. Several factors affect the price, including location and whether you are treated in an urban or rural area. While that may seem high, please note that it is the complete treatment plan from start to finish, including all trays and exams.
- Degree of alignment correction necessary
- Number of trays needed for a complete treatment plan
- Following the treatment plan
How Does Invisalign Work?
Traditional braces work using tension from the archwire to pull teeth into alignment. Invisalign uses gentle pressure applied against teeth to push them into new positions. The gentle, constant pressure is more comfortable than braces, and the almost invisible tray aligners provide a very incognito treatment method.
Invisalign Process — How We Make Plastic Magic for Your Mouth
Invisalign is completely custom for each mouth! To make your custom tray aligners, Dr. Pitner follows a specific process that ensures quality and fit. The aligner system provides predictable results without disrupting your entire lifestyle.
The Equipment and Materials
Digital scanning, imaging equipment, and software combine thousands of images into one 3D model. The scanner can take up to 6,000 images per second! When Dr. Pitner finishes the scan, you will see a 3D image of your mouth on the computer screen. Amazingly, this entire process only takes a few minutes.
Invisalign uses a unique polymer called SmartTrack® material. This particular polymer is unique to Invisalign aligner trays. Researchers tested more than 260 materials over eight years to develop the SmartTrack material. When combined with SmartForce® attachments, Invisalign delivers the same reliability as traditional braces. SmartTrack material’s durability means that Invisalign can effectively correct minor and complex alignment problems.
Your Path to a Beautiful, Straight Smile
The simple, straightforward process in a nutshell:
- We use a digital scanner to create a 3D “map” of your mouth.
- Using the model and ClinCheck software, Dr. Pitner will create a custom treatment plan.
- You get your tray aligners in sequenced sets and begin wearing them daily.
- Depending on your treatment plan instructions, you switch to a new set of alignment trays every one to two weeks.
- Your teeth gradually shift into alignment, creating your perfect dream smile!