Dr Jenna answers your top 6 questions about Invisalign – the clear alternative to braces.
1. What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that cover your teeth and gently move them into the proper position over time. Because the aligners are clear and can be taken on and off, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Every 1-2 weeks, the patient progresses to a new set of aligners. This process gradually and gently moves the teeth into their new position.
2. How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
The length of treatment will depend on the unique needs of each patient. Some Invisalign treatments can be completed in as little as 4 months, whereas more complex treatment may take 12 to 18 months. Often our patients are looking to have their Invisalign completed for a special event, such as a wedding. Let us know if you have a timeline for your treatment as this will allow us to create a beautiful smile ready for the big day.
3. Am I too old for Invisalign?
People of any age benefit from having their teeth straightened. Many of our Invisalign patients are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Of course, a dental check-up is required to determine if the teeth and gums are suitable for Invisalign.
4. How much does it cost?
Invisalign ranges in cost from $4000-$10,000. Factors affecting the cost include how crowded the teeth are and whether both top and bottom teeth are being treated with Invisalign. At Berry Dental Studio, we offer payment plans to allow patients to pay their treatment off over 24 months.
5. Does my health insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
Our team are very knowledgeable about health funds and can help you navigate the insurance process. If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign treatment should be covered to a similar extent as metal braces. However, as benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, we will provide you with the item numbers to help you determine if your treatment is covered with your current policy.