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Seven Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist Before Getting Invisalign

If you are thinking about investing in Invisalign as the best way to straighten out your smile, congratulations! You’re on the right path toward straightening your teeth in a way that will have people congratulating you and, ultimately, smiling right back. Of course, like all important choices in a person’s life, the decision to meet with an orthodontist and actually purchase this product is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Those considering Invisalign should give the entire idea careful consideration, and that can start with an Invisalign consultation here at Clearsmile Orthodontics, which often includes the patient asking the following questions:

#1 How will my treatment start?

Obviously this depends on the patient, but we will start either by taking a scan of your teeth or making a physical impression to get great personalized Invisalign trays that will begin the process of straightening your teeth. It really is as simple as that.

#2 Will I be using Invisalign clear aligners or a knock-off brand?

Here at Clearsmile Orthodontics, we use genuine Invisalign products. While the generic brands can be more cost-effective, we believe in the integrity of the real thing.

#3 How long will the treatment last?

Again, this depends entirely on the patient, but many of our patients finish their orthodontic treatment in 8-10 months. Depending on the severity of misalignment, this could take less or more time, but in a general sense it is a much quicker process than traditional braces.

#4 How much will this cost?

Costs will vary, too, but we recommend starting with a call to your insurance company to see if any of the expense can be covered by any orthodontic coverage you may have as part of your dental plan. Other than that, we can work out easy monthly payments to make the cost as palatable as possible.

#5 How often will I need to visit the orthodontist’s office?

Traditional braces require monthly visits, but Invisalign only requires that you check in once every two or three months. You certainly will experience fewer visits than those with traditional braces.

#6 What happens if an aligner breaks or gets lost?

Since Invisalign needs to be worn at pretty much all times when not eating, it is essential that you get a replacement tray as quickly as possible should one break or get lost. There is an expense, obviously, so do your best to keep these trays and clean and in your mouth.

#7 Do Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?

They do! Whether you go with traditional braces or Invisalign, the end result will be the same. Several other factors come into play when making a decision, however, and we hope to help our patients make the most informed decision possible.

If you have any other questions about how Invisalign might work for you, call a professional here at Clearsmile Orthodontics to set up your consultation. We’ll have you on the right path toward a gorgeous, clear smile in no time. We think you’ll be glad you did it!