Do you want to know a bit more about the ever-popular clear or invisible aligners before committing to them?
Here, 5 frequently searched questions about invisible aligners are answered. Enjoy!
Are invisible aligners better than braces?
This is a tough question to answer.
On the one hand, Invisalign Wagga is certainly a more discreet system than using traditional braces, but at the same time the aligners do not offer the range of treatments that braces can.
For instance, if a patient presents with a complex case of dental misalignment, it is unlikely that aligners alone are going to be able to correct it. If you do have an orthodontic issue that requires a more targeted approach, or if you need to have your molars realigned, then it is likely that you will need to wear a fitted brace.
So, it is not as simple as invisible aligners being better than braces, rather, there are correct treatments out there for each person and your dentist will help you to choose yours.
Can I have invisible aligners if I have had composite bonding?
If you have undertaken composite bonding, then there should be no issue with you also undertaking invisible aligners.
However, depending on how thick the composite bonding is on your teeth, this may alter how well your aligners fit, so it is worth mentioning to your dentist that you have had a bonding procedure completed.
Are invisible aligners expensive?
You may have heard that clear aligners are too expensive for most people to afford. You may have also heard that they are more expensive than regular braces. But there is a lot that goes into calculating how much invisible aligners will cost, such as the number of aligners needed, the number of dental visits and of course, the length of time it takes for the aligners to realign your teeth.
Luckily, most dental surgeries that can offer invisible aligners are also able to offer patients 0% financing options to help them spread the cost of the treatment over several months.
If you are interested in any kind of dental realignment as an adult, it is worth discussing a payment plan or financing options with your dentist.
What are chewies?
Chewies are a relatively new addition to the wearing of dental aligners.
In short, you place them in your mouth after you have put your dental aligners there and ‘chew’ on them until the aligners slot into their correct location. Chewies can help to keep your aligners on track and minimise bubbles between the aligners and the teeth.
They can also help you to keep your treatment schedule on track, so it is well worth looking into them.
How long do the aligners have to be worn for?
Per day, your dentist may recommend that you wear your aligners for around 22 hours.
But, concerning the length of treatment, it takes on average between 3-6 months for invisible aligners to straighten mild to moderate cases of misalignment. For more complex cases, it can take up to 18 months to complete any realignment process, but your dentist will be able to give you a better idea of how long your treatment will take.
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