Aligners are worn everyday throughout the course of treatment. It is recommended that you wear them for at least 22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.
Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for teenagers from the age of around 12-14years. If you are around this age Dr Mark can advise exactly whether you are suitable. The general Invisalign program is suitable for adults of any age.
Every orthodontic treatment is individual and the length of treatment time depends upon the complexity of the case. However, many cases take around 12-18 months and some can be as little as 7 months. This is often less time than traditional braces.
There may be a little discomfort on the first day wearing a new aligner. This generally subsides within 12-24hrs.
Call the clinic at your earliest convenience to inform us. It is unusual to break an aligner but if it does happen or one gets lost, Dr Mark will advise you to either move forward to the next aligner in the series, or go back to the previous one and a replacement will be ordered (at no cost).
At Mark Osmond Dental Clinic a course of Invisalign costs $5,000. This cost can be split over 2 or 3 payments and covers the entire treatment regardless of how many aligners are required, how many dental visits you need and how long the treatment lasts. It also includes retainers at the end of treatment. This cost is in line with the national average in the US.
Because medical benefits differ from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.