What is Invisalign ?
If you’re worried about the appearance of traditional braces, Invisalign may be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of clear aligners. This popular alternative to braces is made from a clear material that is practically invisible to the untrained eye!
Smoothly comfortable, these plastic aligners are placed over your teeth and can be easily removed and cleaned. People who wear Invisaligns love that they can still eat whatever they want, clean their teeth easily, and experience no discomfort from poking wires. Invisalign can be a great solution for a wide age range. They won’t detract from your smile as they deliver the necessary treatment for your teeth.
History of Invisalign
In order to understand where the pricing comes from, it’s helpful to know a little bit of history.
The story of Invisalign is actually fascinating! Invisalign was first imagined by a business student, Zia Chishti, studying at Stanford who was getting his braces off. When he received his retainer post-braces, he realized that a series of retainers, or trays, could be just as effective in moving the teeth around the mouth little by little if there was only a way to create a progressive set of trays.
The timing was just right since this was when computers were becoming much more accessible to the public and program applications were starting to affect industries never before reached by computers. He and a partner set out to find programmers move the idea forward into something real and tangible.
When Invisalign first came on the scene nearly 20 years ago, it was an incredibly innovative technology and changed the world of orthodontics. There had yet to be a treatment available to the public that even presented an alternative to braces. Finally! A new solution to traditional braces had arrived.
Like anything new and exciting, it was also expensive. Most orthodontists were resistant to it because it was unlike anything they had ever used before and they were familiar with the tried and trusted system of braces and brackets that they knew so well.
Invisalign in Surrey
People who opt for Invisalign will receive a series of aligners. Each subsequent aligner is designed to slowly shift your teeth into place. They subtly do their work without calling undue attention to themselves. Patients typically require Invisalign anywhere from several months to a year and a half. Each patient is different and only your orthodontist can determine what the best time frame is for you.
Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontics. People who cannot bring themselves to wear traditional braces prefer the invisibility of this orthodontic solution. It is important to know that Invisalign is not the solution for everyone. You have to be a candidate for Invisalign and your orthodontic specialists at South Surrey Smiles can let you know if this is a suitable option for you. If you have a severe bite problem or your teeth are extremely crooked, you might be better served by traditional braces, which are still favoured for many cases.
Talk to Dr. Williams about Invisalign to see if they are the right solution for you. If worn consistently, Invisalign can produce excellent results. Call us or visit our Surrey Invisalign Clinic for a free consultation to discuss if Invisalign retainers are right for you.
Common Questions and Tips About Invisalign
Is Invisalign A Lot More Expensive Than Braces?
Cost is typically the most common barrier to orthodontic treatment. If you are worried about the price associated with braces or Invisalign, you are not alone!
First, it is important to understand what treatment option is best for you. Some patients have the choice between braces or Invisalign, meaning that the effectiveness of each treatment is equal. However, sometimes one treatment is recommended over the other, depending on the individual needs of the patient.
At South Surrey Smiles, we try our best to minimize the financial barrier that scares people off. That is why our price for brace and Invisalign is the same. That being said, everyone’s treatment fee is different. Prices are based on the complexity of the case and treatment time. Therefore, your price will likely be different from your friend’s price. This can be surprising news for people, but all treatment plans are customized on a per-person basis to allow for the best result.
Value in Orthodontics Consultations
There are plenty of variables to consider when it comes to orthodontic treatments, and cost is a very important one. And that’s exactly what our consultations are for. Each case will differ and it will depend on the condition and alignment of a person’s teeth as they are.
There are payment plans available and lots of factors to consider, and at South Surrey Smiles, we’ll walk you through it all before you get a Invisalign or braces . While orthodontic treatment is a significant investment, it can actually save you money in the long-run having to repair broken down teeth from an unhealthy bite. So, call us to set up a consultation — we would love to help you on the road to a perfect smile.
Over time, word started to spread and the proof was in the pudding. The technology worked and you can’t really argue with that. And as more people started requesting Invisalign instead of braces, orthodontists became more willing to offer it.
As the demand rose and technology in general became less expensive for everyone, the price of Invisalign started to come down, too.
Now, as mentioned, the cost of Invisalign today is usually in the same ballpark as braces, depending on the treatment, of course. And there are some cases where Invisalign is not the solution and braces will mean a shorter and more effective treatment option.
4 Tips For a Night Out With Invisalign
Anyone using Invisalign has heard the drill before: the more you wear them, the faster and better they work.
It’s recommended that people wear their Invisalign trays at least 22 hours each day. Yes, that’s basically all the time. The only reason to take them out is to eat or drink, and to brush your teeth and clean the trays.
We try to be honest and let people know that they will need to make certain lifestyle changes for the duration of the treatment. Yes, you’ll need to plan in advance if you’re going out for the night, and yes, you need to think ahead when planning your day.
But life happens! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and sometimes things come up.
People often wonder what happens if they want to go out for the night?What if they want to go to the club or have a long dinner that includes wine?
Don’t worry – you can still live your life and have a fun night out with Invisalign. But yes, Invisalign is a commitment and you will need to practice some caution.
1. Be Prepared
Make sure you bring your case with you so that you have somewhere safe to store the trays when you take them out to eat and drink. We’ve dealt all too frequently with people who wrapped their trays in a napkin only to lose track of them! You don’t want your Invisalign to end up in the trash.
2. Cleaning Kit
If you can, pack a travel cleaning kit with a mini brush and floss. When you’re done eating and drinking, slip away to the bathroom for a quick cleaning session. If you don’t have the proper tools to clean your trays properly, make sure you rinse well with water post-meal.
3. Try To Keep It All To One Sitting
If you are going for a nice meal out, take out your trays and enjoy your time. But when it’s done, it’s done! If you are planning to keep the night going, try switching to water.
Use caution when drinking alcohol. Red wine will stain your teeth and your trays so it’s best to avoid it. Some people think they can skirt the rules by drinking clear alcohol with their trays in but remember that alcohol is full of sugar and can damage your teeth.
4. Try To Limit Your Intake Of Alcohol
While wearing Invisalign, and if you do drink make sure you clean your teeth and trays as soon as you can.
We haven’t met many people who LOVE undergoing orthodontic treatment. Remember: it’s a means to an end! You are going to walk away with the smile you’ve always wanted.
And yes, there are some sacrifices you will have to make along the way. Eating and drinking needs to be done with a little more caution and care, but you can still have fun! Just be prepared, be careful and keep your eye on the prize.