Invisalign® FAQs

What is the cost of Invisalign?

The cost of Invisalign can vary from patient to patient. However, the cost of Invisalign is probably much less than what you are imagining. Also, many insurance companies cover at least part of the cost of Invisalign. We will partner with you to discuss the cost of Invisalign with you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system that uses clear plastic tray aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners use a gradual, consistent pressure to give you a lovely smile.

How long do I wear the invisible braces trays?

There are two answers to that. One – you wear the trays all the time that you aren’t eating, drinking or brushing and flossing. It’s necessary to wear them 23 hours per day for these adult orthodontics to work effectively. Two – you wear each set of invisible braces trays for two weeks. Every two weeks, you swap out the trays for new invisible braces trays.

Why are they called invisible braces?

Invisalign adult orthodontics are called invisible braces because they are made from clear plastic and fit right over your teeth. You can smile, laugh and have your photo taken and no one will know you’re getting your teeth straightened!

Why are Invisalign invisible braces called adult orthodontics?

Invisalign invisible braces were created especially for older teens and adults who have already had all their adult teeth grow in. Adult orthodontics systems are created for people who want to look great, even while they are getting their smile perfected.

Do Invisalign invisible braces hurt?

Some of our patients have told us that they feel slight discomfort when they get a new set of aligner trays. But typically, there is minimal pain and it is far less than anything they would feel if they were using traditional metal braces.

How long do Invisalign invisible braces take to straighten teeth?

The Invisalign invisible braces adult orthodontics system works faster than traditional metal braces. Our excellent doctors at Cary Family Dental can discuss how long it will take to give you the smile of your dreams and partner with you in deciding if Invisalign invisible braces are right for you.

What are the benefits of straight teeth?

  • Healthier Gums: It’s easier to brush and floss around properly aligned teeth, and you are less likely to have pockets between gums and teeth that trap bacteria.
  • Improved Hygiene: Properly aligned teeth reduce plaque retention, tooth decay, and the risk of gum disease.
  • Less Wear and Trauma: Aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and wear, which can require expensive procedures to repair. Proper alignment also reduces stress on the jawbone and joints.

Why is tooth position important?

If there is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing, teeth may wear and fracture, and jaw joints may become painful. Over time, this may result in crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. It may affect a person’s appearance, speech, or ability to eat.

What causes tooth position problems?

Tooth position problems may be inherited or acquired. Inherited conditions may include missing or extra teeth, abnormal spaces or crowding of teeth, mouth and jaw size and shape, and atypical formations of the jaws and face, including cleft palate. These conditions may be acquired through airway development issues, tongue positioning, enlarged tonsils and adenoids that lead to mouth breathing, clenching, grinding, habits like finger or thumb sucking, premature loss of teeth from an accident or dental disease, and medical conditions.

What are the consequences of improper tooth positions?

Although the consequences range from symptom free to painful, increased stress on the oral structures can have far reaching results. Tooth decay or abnormal signs of wear on chewing surfaces may occur in areas of tight overlap. Excessive wear and fracture of teeth, as well as jaw joint, muscular and nerve problems may occur to the extent that appearance, speech or ability to eat may be affected.

How is this diagnosed or detected?

When orthodontic problems are suspected, diagnostic records may be taken for further study. These records include photos, special x-rays and impressions or digital scans. The records are analyzed to determine the extent of malocclusion and the appropriate treatment. Braces are metal or ceramic brackets bonded to the teeth. A wire is then used to place pressure on the teeth causing them to move to the desired location.

What are treatment options?

Traditional orthodontic treatment, commonly known as braces, is often used to correct tooth position problems. Orthodontics can also be completed using a series of clear trays, each one putting progressive pressure on the teeth to move them into position. Common brand names of this type of treatment include Invisalign and ClearCorrect. There are also combination therapies using braces, clear aligner trays, and even surgery.

How long does treatment usually last?

Depending on the cause and severity of the malocclusion and the appliances used in treatment, a patient may expect correction of the condition to last 18-30 months. The length of treatment time is also affected by how well the patient follows orthodontic instructions.
If you have more questions about Invisalign or adult orthodontics, please feel to contact us at our practice in Cary! We would love to help and even schedule a consultation if you’d like, so call today if you are in the Morrisville or Apex, NC area!