Here at About Faces And Braces, we’re proud to offer patients in Nashville, Clarksville, and Springfield a variety of options for achieving a straighter smile. In fact, there’s never been a better time to explore how braces or aligners can improve your oral health! In the last several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of high-quality techniques and cutting-edge technologies in the orthodontic field. These advancements make it easier than ever to get a beautiful smile that looks and feels fantastic!
One of these innovative treatment options is the Invisalign clear aligner system. Instead of brackets and wires, this unique alternative to traditional braces uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move the teeth into the desired positions. For image-conscious patients who want a discreet way to straighten their smile, Invisalign can be an excellent option. All treatments come with their own list of pros and cons, however, so it’s important to understand exactly how each method works before making an informed decision. Could Invisalign be a fit for your smile? Keep reading below for the truth about this exciting system!
Invisalign can be just as effective as braces
Although Invisalign aligners and traditional braces look and work very differently, they both move the teeth into more optimal positions using gentle pressure that gradually increases over time. When worn as directed, Invisalign can be just as effective as braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. However, cases that are especially severe or complex may not respond to aligners as well as they would more traditional methods of treatment. When you schedule a free consultation with us, Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice will be able to determine what treatment method is best for your specific needs.
Invisalign gives you a more subtle treatment option
Today’s braces are far more attractive and comfortable than any previous versions, but they are the more visible option when compared to Invisalign. Many of our teen and adult patients choose them for that reason alone! If you’re already self-conscious about the way your teeth look or feel, the last thing you want is something that will make them stand out even more. Since Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them!
Patient compliance is an essential part of Invisalign’s success
Any kind of orthodontic treatment relies on patient compliance, and this is especially important when it comes to a removable orthodontic appliance like Invisalign aligners.
Traditional braces are the opposite—as a fixed appliance, the brackets are actually bonded to the front surface of the teeth. That means they can do their job without too much effort on the part of the patient.
In contrast, Invisalign aligners rely on patients wearing them for 20-22 hours each day throughout the treatment process. Patients are also responsible for switching each aligner out for the next in the series every 1-2 weeks. Failure to do so will result in subpar results and may lead to longer treatment times, too.
While we’re on the subject of treatment times, these will vary from case to case. Every smile is different and each patient will respond to treatment in their own way, but in general, most people will wear Invisalign aligners for anywhere from 4–15 months. That equals around 7–30 aligners that will typically be used throughout the treatment process. Believe it or not, this is actually slightly faster than the average time most patients spend in braces!
Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces
There are multiple factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of any treatment plan. These range from how complex the case is to the type of appliance used, and everything in between. While traditional braces tend to be the most cost-effective treatment method the Invisalign system is also extremely affordable!
We believe everyone should have access to the high-quality orthodontic care they deserve, and pride ourselves on providing affordable treatment options for every budget. To do that, we offer several flexible payment options, including:
- financing through CareCredit
- discount for multiple family members in treatment
- discount for paid In full patients beginning treatment
- payments through OrthoBanc
Our team is also committed to making the insurance process as easy as possible. We will take care of researching your insurance coverage for your orthodontic treatment, and if you are covered, we’ll help you complete the required forms and documents once treatment has begun.
Maintaining your beautiful new smile
Whatever orthodontic treatment you choose, your teeth will always remember their previous positions. Once the gentle pressure of braces or aligners is removed, they will begin to drift back towards those positions if there’s nothing there to stop them. That’s why retainers are so important for lasting results! After your treatment is complete, we’ll provide you with a retainer. You’ll need to wear the retainer exactly as directed by our doctors to keep your newly straightened teeth in place.
The clear choice for a confident smile is Invisalign
It’s easy to see why Invisalign clear aligners are the most popular alternative to traditional braces here at About Faces And Braces! This innovative treatment option continues to change the way people view orthodontic treatment every day. If you’ve been looking for a subtle way to straighten your smile, Invisalign could just be what you’re looking for!
To learn more about how these clear aligners could transform your smile, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation. There’s never been a better time to take the first step towards the happy, healthy smile you deserve!