What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners that are “invisible” to everyone around you. It’s a great alternative to braces for those patients who don’t have significant orthodontic needs. If your bite is not severely off and your teeth are not too crowded or crooked, Invisalign may be just right for you. Invisalign “braces” are made using 3-D computer imaging at Align Technology where Dr. Pagan can have a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, made especially for you. These aligners are worn in succession over a period of time to straighten your teeth.
There are other, less expensive alternatives to traditional Invisalign for patients who need only small adjustments or have simpler treatment plans. Dr. Pagan uses products such as Red, White and Blue, Simpli5 and Invisalign Express to offer great, lower cost alternatives to traditional Invisalign for less complex treatment.
Why would I want Invisalign braces?
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. The aligners are also comfortable, with no poking parts to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Furthermore, no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments!
How do Invisalign braces work?
You wear each set of aligners 1-2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Pagan has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Pagan about once every 4-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the number of aligners worn during treatment varies with an average between 15 and 30. Of course, your treatment will be tailored specifically for you by Dr. Pagan.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign is similar to the cost of braces. That cost is dependent on the complexity of your orthodontic needs, as identified by Dr. Pagan during your exam. If you are interested in Invisalign braces, ask Dr. Pagan or one of the assistants and they will be happy to discuss