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Invisalign: An Alternative to Braces

Parrott Orthodontics Invisalign Patient

Parrott Orthodontics Invisalign Patient

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is a clear alternative to braces that uses a custom-made series of aligners to help straighten your teeth. We say "series" because you receive a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete. The aligners are trays that are made of comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Over the course of your treatment, because each aligner is slightly different, they gently shift your teeth into place. No metal brackets or wires! 

Who Can Get Invisalign?

Invisalign isn't for everyone. Patients with severe cases may not be candidates. Also, Invisalign is a good option for older teens and adults, but it's not recommended for children or tweens because their teeth are still growing. Also, it can be removed, and in order to be effective, it must be worn 20-22 hours/day. 

As long as the case isn’t overly severe, here is a list of common problems Invisalign can treat:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

Of course, we will work with you to determine if Invisalign is an option for your dental needs or a good fit for your lifestyle. 

What Are The Benefits of Invisalign?

There are many benefits of Invisalign. The ones that our patients seem to like most is that you can eat anything you want and it is virtually invisible. Other benefits include:

  • No wires or brackets, which can cause discomfort
  • You can remove them for playing sports and instruments
  • Treatment times can be reduced
  • You don't have to come see us as often!

Is Invisalign More Expensive?

The cost of Invisalign is comparable to traditional braces. Of course, it varies from patient to patient depending on needs. As with braces, we offer payment plans and help determine if insurance is a viable option, which you can read about here

All Things Considered

As with all treatments, there are things worth considering before deciding if Invisalign is a good fit for you. (Of course, this is assuming you've been told by your orthodontist that you're a good candidate.)  Here is a humorously candid real-life story that was posted on Shape magazine's blog last year that paints a pretty accurate picture of what life is like with Invisalign: 10 Invisalign Truths to Know Before You Try.

Adult Orthodontics Growing Rapidly

Marcela at Parrott Orthodontics

Marcela at Parrott Orthodontics

Today, more than ever, adults are getting orthodontic treatments to correct and perfect their smiles. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1.2 million adults received orthodontic treatment in 2012 (the most recent statistics available), which is up by 40% from 1996. By comparison, about 4.65 million orthodontic procedures were performed for patients age 17 and younger in 2012, up 32% in the same period.

We've seen a similar growth rate here in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Fishersville areas. There are more discreet alternatives to braces, like Invisalign®, are helping to attract these adult orthodontics patients. Invisalign is custom-made clear aligners that sit firmly over the teeth. They are removable, so there are no limitations on what you can eat and drink (as opposed to braces, which have several limitations), and they are easy to clean. Best of all, they're virtually invisible. In addition to Invisalign, we also offer ceramic braces, these are tooth colored brackets which are less noticeable than traditional metal brackets/braces. 

Many of our patients also prefer standard braces. They're more cost effective, and because many patients had them when they were younger (and failed to wear their retainers for preventative measures!), they're familiar with braces. 

We'd love to hear from our adult patients! Feel free to comment and share your experiences with us. 

In the market for a new smile? Please call us and schedule an appointment for a consultation!